Well here’s a shock. It took about 48 hours for Donald Trump to prove that his claim that “the only special interest I have is you” was total bullshit. His transition team is loaded with lobbyists and industry consultants, the same people he spent the whole campaign slamming as the cause of corruption.
President-elect Donald J. Trump, who campaigned against the corrupt power of special interests, is filling his transition team with some of the very sort of people who he has complained have too much clout in Washington: corporate consultants and lobbyists.
Jeffrey Eisenach, a consultant who has worked for years on behalf of Verizon and other telecommunications clients, is the head of the team that is helping to pick staff members at the Federal Communications Commission.
Michael Catanzaro, a lobbyist whose clients include Devon Energy and Encana Oil and Gas, holds the “energy independence” portfolio.
Michael Torrey, a lobbyist who runs a firm that has earned millions of dollars helping food industry players such as the American Beverage Association and the dairy giant Dean Foods, is helping set up the new team at the Department of Agriculture.
Mr. Trump was swept to power in large part by white working-class voters who responded to his vow to restore the voices of forgotten people, ones drowned out by big business and Wall Street. But in his transition to power, some of the most prominent voices will be those of advisers who come from the same industries for which they are being asked to help set the regulatory groundwork.
Remember all that criticism he made of Hillary Clinton for being in the pocket of Wall Street (criticism that was largely accurate)? He’s now reportedly considering Goldman Sachs’ Jamie Dimon, the ultimate Wall Street insider, as treasury secretary. He is a con artist, and pretending to be an economic populist was one of the big cons he pulled in this election. Anyone who bought is too gullible for words.