Trump found time to call his crony Roseanne to congratulate her on her ratings. But on the ejection of sixty Russian diplomats, words failed him.
They’re not going to fail us, however. In fact, there is one specific word that describes the appointment of friends and associates to positions of authority, without proper regard to their qualifications.
There are many different examples of this taking place in the Trump administration; two exceptions are Jared and Ivanka. They’re family, so giving them jobs they can’t handle should properly be called nepotism. It is another type of corruption practiced by civil servants.
At any rate, it all comes back to the fact of Trump being the president.
If he were still just the slob king of Mar-a-Lago and Trump Tower, it would be fine to fill the most important positions around with incompetents and the criminally disabled. Sad as it might be to watch, it is not illegal to run your life into the ground in America.
What remains to be seen is if the law will prevent him from running everyone else’s life into the ground as well.
Trump warned his personal staff to speak softly on the subject of the closing of the Russian consulate in Seattle. He wanted to make sure not to upset Putin. He congratulated Putin on his sham victory and was furious that his national security advisers put the words “DO NOT CONGRATULATE” in all caps in his memo.
Recently former CIA director John Brennan spoke strongly of his opinion that the Russian tyrant has something on him. And just earlier today, when his advisors said they want to see him take a tougher line on Russia, he made a point of saying he is unconvinced that is the way to go.
In related news, the Presidential Personnel Office is said to be overwhelmed. Their efforts to place qualified people in key posts across government has been badly curtailed.
If this agency is unfamiliar to you, don’t be surprised. It’s a completely obscure White House office. But it is responsible for recruiting and vetting thousands of Trump administration political appointees. These have always suffered from inexperience and a shortage of staff made all the worse by the fact of they themselves being cronies.
Every White House faces personnel challenges. But the shortcomings of this office and Trump’s appointment process, in general, are far and away the most pronounced in memory, according to presidential scholars.
“No administration has done it as poorly as the current one,” said Max Stier, president and chief executive of the Partnership for Public Service, a nonpartisan group that teamed up with The Post to track appointments.
Cronyism, nepotism, and in our opinion treason. That’s what this administration is made of. Everybody knows it. The Trump voters too. They just didn’t care.
Ann Coulter actually admitted exactly that earlier this week, in an interview in which she expressed massive disappointment in the man she’s written hymnals full of praise about. “I knew he was a shallow, lazy ignoramus,” she said. “I just didn’t care.”
The Roseanne revival is portraying Trump supporters as people just worried about their families or the country. Good people, mired in economic instability and desperate for any sort of change, voted Trump because he offered them hope. Plenty of white people in that situation did just that.
That is the biggest cop-out in the world.
Just like Ann Coulter, every one of Trump’s voters knew what they were getting themselves into. Like her, they just didn’t care. This is not like George Bush or Richard Nixon, who seemed like decent enough guys on the surface.
Everyone in America heard him boasting about molesting women, about grabbing them by their very genitals. But they turned a blind eye, for the chance to feel like they could go back in time, to a set of good old days that never even existed. That is deplorable. In every sense of the word.
At the end of the day, you can never go back again, for better or for worse. You can’t unmake bad choices. In the end Roseanne bullies Jackie into voting for Jill Stein, and here we are. As this was going to publishing, the real-life Roseanne was making headlines again, thanking the President for freeing “Children from Pimps.”
It’s looking like words are going to fail us, after all.