Paranoia runs deep. Into your life it will creep. — Buffalo Springfield

Donald Trump is sick and tired of disloyalty and so he’s taking action to eliminate it. Trump has found out the hard way that perfection in staffing is a relative concept. People who he blithely sent through the West Wing revolving door a year or two ago are now looking great in retrospect, next to the likes of Rex Tillerson who called him a “fucking moron” or H.R. McMaster who called him an “idiot” and a “dope.” Compared to that, having Reince Priebus, whom he once ordered to kill a fly, back on board is a comfort.

Along with Priebus comes Sean Spicer and Hope Hicks, along with Trump’s former body man, John McInteen, who was fired by John Kelly because he had a gambling problem which led to a security clearance issue. McInteen is set up to head the Presidential Personnel Office, which will give him the power to hire everywhere in the federal government. Here we go with “only the best people,” fascist edition. Axios.

Why it matters: Trump has increasingly become furious with what he sees as a federal government full of “never-Trumpers.” Administration officials tell Axios Trump feels he’s surrounded by snakes and wants to clear out all the disloyal people.

  • Trump sees McEntee as the ultimate loyalist, and he has assigned him the powerful role of picking personnel across the federal government.

What we’re hearing: Trump has been asking for names of people he should fire. Many on the outside are more than happy to oblige.

  • He was furious about former D.C. Attorney Jessie Liu, who he had nominated to serve as the Treasury Department’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial crimes, after hearing from a number of people, including Rep. Louie Gohmert, that Liu was someone not to be trusted.

This is looking like the beginning of Trump’s version of the SS. They were loyalists to Hitler and charged with ferreting out anybody who wasn’t and disposing of them. Let the purge begin.

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29 Comments on "Trump Fears He’s ‘Surrounded By Snakes’ So He’s Hiring Loyalists To Keep Him Safe"

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mae
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What a delightful work environment.

Bareshark
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I look for those returns to work out about as well as getting back with your ex would. At first, it’s great, it’s wonderful, oh my God, why did I ever leave? Then time passes, old problems creep back into the picture and you remember why you left in the first place. Bonus consideration: what if he’s letting back in some moles he unknowingly was rid of?

michaelscott
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The inmates are running the asylum. These “loyalists” will allow Donnie Dips**t to indulge his worst impulses. Buckle up, the next nine months (hopefully) are going to be rough.

Bareshark
Guest

You say that, Michael, as if they were ever THAT restrained in the first place. After three years, I respectfully submit you should know better. And in what branch of the current timeline was this NOT going to be a rough nine months?

michaelscott
Member

“Restrained” is a relative term in Trumplandia. In the beginning there were adults in the room. “Maddog” Mattis, John Kelley, and some career bureaucrats who at least had an idea how to inject some order.
Now he’s turning the government into a combination of The Apprentice and his 2-bit real estate grift.
As for the next nine months, we were like the captain of the Titanic thinking, “That iceberg’s not that big. We can steer around it, no problem”. And we all know how that story ended.

Bareshark
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Speak for yourself on that last. I knew that between the stress, the encrouching senility and his nasty attitude in general, Trump was going to make the rest of this year miserable. The Titanic metaphor is better applied to the GOP at this point.

michaelscott
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Truer words were never written. And come November, we’ll sink them.

Bareshark
Guest

**Heisenberg voice** You’re goddamn right.

yaya nana
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Hope Hicks was lucky to get out of there unscathed the last time. She was an accomplice in hiding the infamous Russian meeting with Junior in Trump Tower. D.C. is a very different place than the one these folks left. There will be nowhere they can go in public other than the Trump hotel without being hassled. People are angrier than they have ever been with Trump, his spawn & everyone associated with the White House. I expect they will quickly be miserable and will have difficulty staying out of legal trouble with Trump.

Bareshark
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And you know what I say to all that? GOOD…none of them deserve a moment’s peace.

Darrel
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I have to agree yaya, there is so much hoopla about Trump at his rants, and there is the money, but I see two things, even Fox News has hit Trump a couple times when Trump has been slipping up … also, those rants seem to be the only place waving those provided signs, lord only knows what you get paid if you go to one of those now … the shows are for himself, not those holloring around the arenas or his followers … Trump’s idiocy has hurt a lot more people than helped, there are more highway signs… Read more »
Bareshark
Guest

You forgot the money to keep his businesses afloat, Darrel. I’ve every confidence he’s skimming off the top of RNC funds and that several Congressional and Senatorial campaigns will be impoverished as he takes more and more. Also, current RNC head is Romney’s niece…any bets on whether she’s tracking the hinky finances for her uncle?

chris whitley
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Well he better get busy. He’s got a long way to go. And I don’t get these morons going back. But like I always say, you can’t fix stupid.

Denis Elliott
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There are only so many gigs available at Faux Nooz. Talk Radio? Most of those stations have few gigs available and only a handful pay TV kind of money. The RNC? Again, few spots that pay big bucks and not as many gigs as one might think to begin with. When you consider all that, the 180K they get for some “senior official in charge of doorknob polishing” gig at the WH is probably the only job they can get & pays six figures. What’s any lingering shred of dignity compared to being unemployed and unemployable outside of a handful… Read more »
chris whitley
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Well either they work for trump or they get a job fcking. Either way they are getting fcked. Pay about the same.

Joseph
Guest

Well, there is actually one bright spot in this news: Depending on what job Spicer gets, SNL might get Melissa McCarthy to come back for some gigs.

Kay
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He’s hiring them back so that he can keep them from talking—especially after Kelly’s tell-all.

elna benoit
Guest

tRump IS the snake he fears. He will never be free of his paranoia because the source of his fear comes from inside him.HtRump knows he is incompetent, stupid, venal and demented – and his fear of his own inadequacies is only going to get worse. He’s trying to run from himself.

Bareshark
Guest

Sir Michael “Mick” Jagger put it best in “Sympathy For The Devil” aka The Greatest Sermon of the 20th Century: “Won’t you tell me, baby?/ What’s my name?” You listen close enough to the rest of the song, you know the answer…it’s our name. Put another way, “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

p j evans
Member

Himself is getting worse – he’s in the paranoia-and-vengeance stage. We’ll be lucky to get out alive.

Bareshark
Guest

No, HE’LL be. The person who’s in the greatest danger of being undone remains him. There’ll be plenty of pain to throw around, some of it irreparable. But he is his own worst enemy. America’s first Secretary of Defense James Forrestal is a handy case study on the corrosive effects of paranoia and how little it actually protects you from yourself OR others.