When he was running for office Mr Trump promised to “drain the swamp” in Washington, DC. Now, he may have meant that he was going to borrow a sump pump and literally try to drain the Potomac. Perhaps. But most folks thought he meant that he was going to get rid of all the old, “in crowd”. The folks who had been part of the problem.
That would be the Washington insiders. The guys and gals who had been around a long time and fed off the system. Members of Congress, for example. The elites. The Wall Street Gang.. Anyone who had connections with the “establishment”.
And his supporters took the bait.
So, let’s see how that has played out. As of November 15, 2016, Trump has named 23 people to his transition team. The transition team advises him on who to hire for all the cabinet posts and other jobs in the new administration. I imagine the vast majority will be folks we never heard of. Folks from outside the DC beltway and Wall Street. Common folks. Or at least not political hacks.
We see he has named the Three Stooges… Donald,Jr, Eric and Ivanka Trump. Definitely outsiders. Together they know virtually nothing about government and have no experience (unless you include inheriting wealth). In fact, the Trump triad knows so little about government that Eric and Ivanka did not even vote for their pappy in the NY primary. Why not? They FORGOT to register to vote. That is about as outside as you can get. Might as well throw in Ivankas’s hubbie, Jared Kushnar. Let’s keep it in the family. Outies 4, Innies 0.
Then there is Steve Bannon. Named top adviser. He has a long history of ..well… publishing lies. On the famous Breitbart website. Lies about ACORN. Lies about voter intimidation. Birther lies. Benghazi lies. Lies about the Iran agreement. As an arrested wife beater,he does fit in well with the Trump mentality, but is definitely an outsider. In just about every way. Outies 5, Innies 0.
Then there is Ben Carson. A gifted surgeon. No doubt. The man can wield a scalpel. But he can’t wield a coherent sentence.A perfect example of someone who can be very great in one area and a complete loser in other areas. Like most of us.He is on team Trump and is as “outside” as it gets. He denies the reality of evolution. He has said that the pyramids (those nearly completely solid magnificent structures in Egypt) were used for grain storage. He may be outside of not only politics, but sanity. Definitely an outie. Outies 6, Innies 0.
So far Mr Trump seems true to his word…. except…
Mike Pence, former member of Congress, longtime politician…Innie
Chris Christie, long time political hack, major fundraiser for GW Bush (which is why he was appointed to be a federal attorney)… Innie
Newt Gingrich (yes, he is still alive). Longtime Congressman and Speaker of the House, instrumental in the failed attempt to remove President Clinton from office….Innie
Rudy (Just call me 9/11) Giuliani. Longtime political operative, former mayor of NYC who refused to provide firefighters with modern communications equipment. (Which led to the unnecessary deaths of many trapped in the Twin Towers. ) Made his living off this tragedy…Innie
Jeff Sessions, Senator from Selma, Alabama. A Washington insider since 1997…almost 20 years….Innie
And a list of Congressional insiders, including the following Congressmen…
Lou Barletta, Marsha Blackburn, Chris Collins, Tom Marino and Devine Nunes. 5 Innies.
Add Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, another innie. In case you have forgotten, she was the AG who dropped the investigation for fraud by Trump U. in Florida. Just AFTER receiving a political donation from Donald, laundered through the Trump foundation. Trump had to pay a penalty for the illegal contribution. But at least he didn’t have to face an investigation of his scam university in Florida. Thanks, Pam.
Then there is Rance Preibus, the Republican National Committee Chairman. Can’t get much more innie than that.
Then there is Anthony Scaramucci, formerly with Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers. Remember them? The folks who brought us the 2007-2009 recession. A Wall Street insider.
Steve Mnuchin, who like his father, was a Goldman Sachs insider. Until he left to run a movie company, which went bankrupt. Like the Donald, inherited wealth, family connections and filed bankruptcy leaving others holding the bag. Another innie.
Another success story. Rebekah Mercer, whose father was a Wall Street hedge fund operator. Remember those unregulated hedge funds? They are coming back soon! She also worked on Wall Street as an insider.
So, what is the final score. Donald PROMISED to “drain the swamp”. Bring in new people. the BEST people. No more Washington insiders. No more Wall Street insiders. Yet, his transition team is filled with politicians and Wall Street insiders. His transition team has not a single educator, scientist, entrepreneur, police chief, environmentalist, etc. Four of the “outsiders” are his own family.
Final score? Insiders 17, Outsiders 6.
You don’t mean he lied to his supporters? They took the bait… they got the switch.