+ “Dear White House Aides: Save Yourselves. Save Us.” | Yahoo News | 5/18/2017
“Leave the room as quietly as you can. Find a box. Go back to your office, pack up your things, leave the badge on the desk and go.”
Get out while you can is Matt Bai’s advice to White House staffers and aides who think working for President Trump is still worth it.
His response is quite devastating:
“But maybe you’ve seen that terrific movie “Get Out,” about the dude who finds himself stuck in a house full of deranged predators he thought were his friends?
Yeah, I know this is hard to get your head around, but you’re the black guy.
Because every day you spend at the White House now, trying to keep this thing on the tracks, is a disservice to yourself, and ultimately to the rest of us.”
No way could a Trump White House have been a team of political, military, business, and academic all-stars brought together by a stable, visionary leader to address some of America’s most pressing problems.
Rather, we always knew 45’s administration would be an unstable brew of family, sycophants, billionaires, cynical politicos, nationalist hacks, and rank B-teamers.
For this we should be somewhat grateful. It’s burning through precious time and momentum, leaving executive orders and White House staff paranoia in its wake. Thus, in some odd way the current regime is preferable to one headed by Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio, both of whom would have been less disruptive and more business as usual. Just think about the horrors that a laser-focused president birthed by the Tea Party could unleash…
While I feel sorta sorry for mid and low-level staffers torn between leaving and staying (perhaps compromising their careers with either choice), I also think they must’ve had some idea of what they were getting into. Trump could never have been more than exactly what we thought he was. Which explains why “Give him a chance!” from supporters and Fox commentators always rings hollow. We always knew what he would do with that chance. And we knew his base would ride or die with him. Perhaps because he brought them to the dance. Perhaps because they’re desperate for anyone who can do something to restore a collapsing middle class. Or perhaps because he thinks just like they do.
Perhaps the best thing a White House staffer can do now (before getting fired or indicted) is leak as much as possible for the sake of whatever remains of our democracy. To that end, we’re getting to the point where we need fewer anonymous sources quoted in The New York Times or Politico. Now we need documents and recordings.
Dive deeper with these links:
+ “Trump Told Russians That Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Pressure From Investigation” | The New York Times |05/19/2017
““I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”
Mr. Trump added, “I’m not under investigation.”
+ “‘People Are Scared’: Paranoia Seizes Trump’s White House” | Politico | 03/15/2017
“In interviews, nearly a dozen White House aides and federal agency staffers described a litany of suspicions: that rival factions in the administration are trying to embarrass them, that civil servants opposed to President Donald Trump are trying to undermine him, and even that a “deep state” of career military and intelligence officials is out to destroy them.”
+ “Screaming Overheard In Cabinet Room Meeting Between Spicer, Bannon And Sanders After Russia Intel Revelation” | The Raw Story | 05/15/2017
“Reporters at the White House on Monday overheard yelling between White House press secretary Sean Spicer, chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and White House Communications Director Michael Dubke, prompting staffers to turn up TV’s to drown out the back-and-forth.”
+ “How Trump Gets His Fake News” | Politico | 05/15/2017
“A news story tucked into Trump’s hands at the right moment can torpedo an appointment or redirect the president’s entire agenda. Current and former Trump officials say Trump can react volcanically to negative press clips, especially those with damaging leaks, becoming engrossed in finding out where they originated.”
+ “At a Besieged White House, Tempers Flare and Confusion Swirls” | The New York Times | 05/16/2017
+ “Advisers Urge Trump to Hire an Outside Lawyer” | The New York Times | 05/18/2017
+ “White House Turmoil Puts the GOP Agenda at Risk” | The Wall Street Journal | 05/16/2017
+ “White House Staff ‘Hiding’ as Russia Chaos Engulfs West Wing” | The Daily Beast | 05/15/2017
+ “What Will Trump’s Fake-News Habit Mean in a Crisis?” | The Atlantic | 05/15/2015
+ “Donald Trump Considers Major Shake-up of Senior White House Team” | The Wall Street Journal | 04/07/2017