He was born the proverbial, spoiled rich kid.
In his youth, he was a thug, cruel and selfish, encouraged by his daddy’s wealth to indulge in his worst impulses, knowing that the children of the privileged were not often held to the same standards of societal conduct.
That was the direction of his life, until an incident with a knife became the final straw, and Fred Trump plucked up his middle child and shuffled him off to a military school.
As a man, he burned through wives and mistresses, almost as recklessly as he burned through money and bad business deals. His father continued to support him, until he panicked, realizing he was being manipulated in his old age by his son, to funnel his wealth into keeping his failing casinos afloat. Fear that his other children would be cut out drove the elder Trump to make adjustments to his will. He had to protect his offspring from their own brother’s selfish impulses.
And now, as an elderly man and president, Donald Trump still has no respect for propriety or the rule of law. It’s about what he wants, and nothing else matters.
To that end, he’s set to follow up the forced resignation of [now former] Attorney General Jeff Sessions with ousting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
This particular shakeup could come as soon as this week, some are speculating, and it all has to do with President Trump’s inability to understand that the government of the United States is a system of rules and laws. It was deliberately set up to prevent vain, faithless men from instituting despotic rule.
The Washington Post covered the story on Monday.
White House chief of staff John Kelly is reportedly fighting the president on the matter, hoping to keep Nielsen in place. Kelly hired Nielsen as his chief of staff while DHS secretary and has reportedly defended her for months.
Trump has berated Nielsen in public and in private since she was hired, aggressively going after her during Cabinet meetings and mocking her in conversations with other White House officials, the Post reported.
Nielsen is reportedly weary of being the president’s punching bag. She has, for months, attempted to explain to him why some of his border policies cannot simply be enacted, on the spot. He’s not getting it.
Trump has grown frustrated with Nielsen when she reportedly tells him that some of his hard-line proposals, including completely shutting down the border with Mexico, would not be feasible.
Nielsen came under widespread scrutiny over the summer when reports emerged that the administration’s so-called “zero-tolerance” policy had resulted in the separation of thousands of migrant children from their parents at the Southern border. Nielsen vigorously defended the policy in public, drawing the targeted ire of immigration activists and top Democratic lawmakers. Some critics called for her immediate resignation.
Nielsen is one of a number of Republicans to be harassed in public for her association with the Trump administration, and in particular, the detainment of families.
She has suffered for the sake of Trump. I imagine she is looking forward to being the next to be voted off of MAGA Island.
But no, there’s no dysfunction in this administration. That’s just a the lying, fake news media, right?
Trump’s pick to replace Nielsen should be an interesting one.
Just as he chose a relative unknown, Matthew Whitaker, to take Jeff Sessions’ place, simply based on how his stated views could best serve Trump’s personal interests, expect the one he puts in Nielsen’s place to be a nationalist hardliner, as well.