Donald Trump is not a Republican. Donald Trump is not a Democrat. Donald Trump is loyal to Donald Trump. And supreme personal loyalty is what he demands from officials within the U.S. government.
We’ve heard the stories. He’s attempted to ensure that federal employees protect Trump (instead of the interests of the U.S.).
The pattern began when Trump demanded a personal loyalty oath from then-FBI Director James Comey:
— Dr. DaShanne Stokes (@DaShanneStokes) January 24, 2018
He tried to extract the same assurances from his appointee Andrew McCabe:
Trump thought he was being sneaking asking who McCabe voted for. This show's intent, he saw the fire storm after the Comey fiasco and then reworded his loyalty 'oath' @SenBlumenthal
— Brian French aka Briar (@frenchnneed4) January 24, 2018
Trump became incensed that his appointee to U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, recused himself from the Russia investigation (and lost the ability to protect Trump):
This is why Trump’s extreme anger towards Sessions regarding his recusal is useful to Mueller as he puts together an obstruction case. Recusal is a common and reasonable practice. Being intensely angry about it is unreasonable. https://t.co/sBr7nr2XRW
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) March 10, 2018
Now, Trump’s paranoia is accelerating at a rapid (and extremely unsettling pace). He’s now turned his fury towards his own cabinet, humiliating DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen during a meeting.
Although it is incredibly awful that Trump would verbally attack someone (even someone on his own team), it is such a commonplace event to be un-newsworthy. The striking part of this incident is the almost McCarthy-esque twist.
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman shed some light on Trump’s treatment of Secretary Nielsen:
Someone, as sources have put it, has gotten it in his head that she is a Bush family plant. https://t.co/sMbkOti7co
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) May 11, 2018
This assertion by Haberman isn’t out of left field. In April, another source reported the same exact thing:
Some juicy bits: Kelly pressured Trump to hire Kirstjen Nielsen to lead DHS and dumbass Trump never questioned where she came from. On learning she worked in W's White House, he responded: “You didn’t tell me she was a [expletive] George W. Bush person!”
— IT'S MY COUNTRY AND I'LL CRY IF I WANT TO (@Litzz11) April 8, 2018
Make no mistake; this is a worrying escalation in the White House. First Trump attacked his primary opponents, then Hillary Clinton, then all Democrats, then other nations, then “establishment” Republicans, and now his own appointed Republican cabinet members. It seems like there is one constant in all of these situations: Donald Trump himself.
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