In 2016, Jeb Bush called Donald Trump the “chaos candidate.” Trump promised to hire only “the best people.” Bush was right.
That’s on our list of reasons why Trump cannot be reelected: He typically hires lousy staffers, and most exceptions to that rule can’t abide by the disorganized personality cult of the White House.
The churn — a modern record 88% turnover among top-tier White House staff — doesn’t just lead to jokes about how many Scaramuccis a given appointee might last; it renders the federal government ever more the instrument of one ignorant, impulsive man.
When universally respected Defense Secretary Jim Mattis took the measure of Trump up close, he saw a dangerous divider. After former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a loyalist in every other way, rightly recused himself from the Russia investigation, he faced near-daily humiliation.
National security adviser John Bolton was the third of four men so far to serve Trump in that vital White House position. The first pleaded guilty to two felonies.
When the Senate has rightly refused to confirm unacceptable picks, Trump stocks departments without the standing to push back on especially awful orders. No surprise the Department of Homeland Security, run entirely by acting brass, has steered Trump’s awful crackdown on Portland, Oregon.
Trump wants flunkies who promise total loyalty. When he stumbles into people with minds of their own, they gag on what he asks them to swallow.
He’s the one who must be fired.