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What kind of person is Donald Trump? He has shown himself to be a racist and a white supremacist, as well as a misogynist, a serial liar and a malignant narcissist. He is greedy, craven, ignorant and manifestly corrupt. He is also a petit-fascist and a demagogue.
Given those traits, what kind of person would want to work in his White House?
Here are some examples.
Trump’s chief of staff, the supposedly “honorable” retired general John Kelly, has revealed himself to be a liar, a racist and a sexist. Instead of being a babysitter for Donald Trump who would bring some order and maturity to the White House, Kelly has lately been revealed as one of the president’s biggest enablers and allies.
Steve Bannon, former head of the right-wing propaganda site Breitbart News, was one of Trump’s closest confidants and advisers during the presidential campaign and most of Trump’s first year in the White House. (It’s an open question whether their purported rupture is permanent.) Bannon is openly sympathetic to the “alt-right” white supremacist movement, and has embraced many of its views under the cloak of “ethno-nationalism.”
Stephen Miller is also a white supremacist, far more clearly than even Bannon. Miller is …read more