In 2012, B-List “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken appeared on “The Celebrity Apprentice” hosted by carnival-barker Donald Trump. He was “fired” in the season finale. In an interview Aiken gave later to the News & Observer of North Carolina, he claimed “Trump didn’t decide who got fired on Apprentice, I mean, NBC made those decisions.” Aiken added this scathing indictment of Trump’s lack of program control: “There used to be a little thing right on his desk that looked like a phone — he pretended it was a phone — but it was actually a teleprompter where the producers were sending him notes.”
In other words, the cool and decisive businessman Trump portrayed on “The Apprentice” was nothing more than a suited puppet.
Given Trump’s hiring and firing practices since taking office it would seem Aiken’s insights are spot on.
It should be clear to all by now that Trump is a terrible hirer. He has taken very public issue with the performance of several employees including “very weak” AG Jeff Sessions, Chief of Staff Reince Pubis, Press Secretary Sean Spicer and HHS Secretary Tom Price who took shit from Trump for not closing the Obamacare repeal (as if he pulls all the levers to accomplish that feat.) Oddly, Trump berates these people as though he inherited them from a previous manager instead of choosing them himself. No doubt Trump will keep up the abuse against Sessions in the hope the little Hobbit will resign and save Trump the grief of firing him.
In the most recent head-scratcher, Trump brought on board the bloviating Anthony “Mooch” Scaramucci as the new communications director – presumably to tighten up the operation and shut down damaging leaks from the West Wing. In reality, I believe Scaramucci’s sole purpose in joining the administration was to browbeat Spicer and Pubis into quitting so that Trump wouldn’t have to fire them. No sooner had Scaramucci gotten his foot in the door, Trump retained a new Chief of Staff – Gen. John Kelly – who promptly fired the undisciplined, foul-mouthed Mooch. Note that Kelly, not Trump was credited for chopping off Mooch’s head.
The Mooch lasted all of 11 days in the job – just long enough to sow panic in the ranks and accomplish the purge Trump wanted but couldn’t bring himself to engineer.
Guess the Congressman
One of these slobs is an actual member of Congress. Can you guess which one?
For the answer, Google “Brent Farenthold”….