There are some who keep waiting for reality TV star-turned-president Donald Trump to ‘pivot’ or mature or grow into his new role. But they are fools, for the new president is never going to change.
He’s governing exactly the way he campaigned, and he campaigned exactly the way he ran Celebrity Apprentice. Trump is the world’s first game show president.
The first contestant voted off Trump’s new island will likely be press secretary Sean Spicer, who spent five minutes Saturday bashing the media for unfavorable reporting about the size of Trump’s Inauguration Day crowd. Spicer earned scorn from all sides for his performance, but for Trump, the chief sin was Spicer’s wardrobe.
Trump is obsessed with his press secretary’s performance art. Our Jonathan Swan hears that Trump hasn’t been impressed with how Spicer dresses, once asking an aide: “Doesn’t the guy own a dark suit?” Spicer looked a lot sharper yesterday than he did on Saturday — in a dark, bankerly suit.
Of course, Spicer only held the Saturday press conference because Trump reportedly ignored the advice of staff who wanted him to focus on the bigger picture. Ever too thin-skinned to let embarrassments go, Trump demanded “a fiery public response, and he wanted it to come from his press secretary,” according to The Washington Post.
The people around Trump have having a hard time saying ‘no’ to his bad ideas, especially the ones he makes in anger.
“They got off to a very rocky start because they see everyone as adversaries,” Trump’s friend and Newsmax CEO Chrstopher Ruddy tells POLITICO. “They haven’t moved out of campaign mode into White House mode.”
Indeed, just as the format of The Apprentice set contestants against each other, the Trump administration is primarily characterized by infighting and rivalries — with Trump lording it over them all like a Roman emperor watching gladiators in the coliseum.
“Efforts to launch an outside group supporting Trump’s agenda have stalled amid fighting between Kushner loyalists,” the Washington Post reports. “Two people close to the transition also said a number of Trump’s most loyal campaign aides have been alarmed by Kushner’s efforts to elbow aside anyone he perceives as a possible threat to his role as Trump’s chief consigliere.”
If that sounds familiar, it’s because nothing has changed. Trump’s campaign was said to be in a state of “civil war” last August, while the transition was marked by infighting from its very first days.
Magician Penn Jillette, a former contestant on Celebrity Apprentice, has written that Trump spends most of his time “pontificating to people who are sucking up to him.” That’s when he’s not insulting people, watching C-list contestants melt down, or picking winners who remind him of himself.
It makes for great TV ratings, but it’s a horrible way to run the executive branch. Trump “doesn’t have as much power as he thinks he does,” writes Martin Longman. “He’s squandering the power he does have, and he’s empowering his opponents while weakening the unity of his potential partners…there is just no basis for thinking that Trump can do this job on any level, let alone a competent level.”
There will not be an end to this. There will never be a time when the Donald Trump administration works smoothly, like a well-oiled machine. In this White House, the chief ingredients to success are loyalty and an appetite for drama.
Spicer, on the other hand, came to the Trump team by way of the Republican National Committee, where he worked with Reince Priebus on serious political matters. The former RNC chairman is now the White House Chief of Staff, but he exists in a constant state of tension with Kushner, Steve Bannon, and Conway, so Spicer’s departure would be seen as a blow to Priebus’s game show ‘tribe.’
That’s how things will work for the next four seasons of Presidential Apprentice.
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