When you’ve written enough ridiculous headlines that are not in fact satire, but are real, it stops mattering after a while. This is yet another one of those times. The Trump administration has hired a 23-year-old senior at George Washington University to assist former Trump body man John McEntee, who is now the head of the Presidential Personnel Office, which oversees hiring across the government. McEntee is 29 and the two twenty-somethings are going to be in charge of hiring and firing, because the Personnel office is now really the Purge office. Oh, and he worked for Ben Carson. Now I know you feel safe. Politico:

James Bacon, 23, is acting as one of the right-hand men to new PPO director John McEntee, according to the officials. Bacon, a senior at George Washington University pursuing a bachelor’s degree, comes from the Department of Transportation, where he briefly worked in the policy shop. Prior to that role, while still taking classes, he worked at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he was a White House liaison, according to two other officials. At HUD, he distinguished himself as Secretary Ben Carson’s confidential assistant, according to two other administration officials.

Bacon will be PPO’s director of operations overseeing paperwork and will assist on vetting. The role was previously filled by Katja Bullock, who is in her late 70s and was a veteran of the office in both Bush administrations, as well as the Reagan administration. […]

The PPO office has been the subject of complaints and finger-pointing by some in the administration over its “frat-house” reputation, but serves an important function for vetting and hiring appointees. With McEntee at the helm of the office, however, it’s expected the president will take a more direct role than he has before.

“After three years of allowing others to control who would be around him and have power, he’s trying to take back some of the power and have a say in the staffing in the White House and administration,” a person close to the White House said. “A lot of the people in there weren’t actual allies of Trump, and didn’t actually support his agenda but had significant roles in his administration.”

I especially like the part about the previous job holder having been a woman in her seventies. But then again, staffing concerns in the Reagan and both Bush eras were concerned with a trifle more than, “On a scale of one to ten, how much do you hate Donald Trump today?” That question, in this era, is the one and only. This may seem comical now, but it’s going to get sick and perverse very quick.


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6 Comments on "A College Senior and Ben Carson Associate Has Been Hired To Assist Trump’s Body Man w/Purge"

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chris whitley

I like that. Guy is pursuing a bachelors degree. What’s his major and why isn’t with a supposed career in politics not doing study for a higher or duel degree. And just what we need a Ben Carson protege for his partner in crime. I feel safer already.

yaya nana

Perhaps one of my deepest regrets of this Trumpian sh*tshow is that I no longer enjoy reading “The Onion.” What’s the point? Satire loses its punch when life not only imitates the art but completely merges with it. It just isn’t funny anymore.


Sadly, nothing in the Trump sh*tshow surprises me anymore. The man’s intellect is lower than a snake’s belly in a wagon rut.


Competence / Loyalty. Which is more important to Trumple Thin-skin?

Denis Elliott
This hiring of completely unqualified people is definitely deliberate and intended to be malicious. Trump hates himself at times, because he can’t spend all his time either at rallies soaking up the adoration from the MAGAt goobers or out on the golf course with people praising every lousy shot he hits and adding he’d have won ten times as many majors as Nicklaus if he’d played professionally. Because he knows that he’ NOT in fact universally beloved and that he WON’T live forever (and who knows? He might have a terminal illness or be in such bad health his life… Read more »

Well, here’s yet another example to counteract the mindset of a lot of “progressives” who feel that all we need to get rid of all the right-wing nutjobs is to wait for all the old fogeys who keep voting for Republicans based on their Fox “News” viewing habits to just die off.

With “old farts” like the 23 year-old James Bacon going to bat for the Trumpers, I’ve got the feeling we’re going to waiting a hell of a long time for them to just die off.