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On Trump, Bannon, and Nepotism

- by Alexander Engel

If you are like most Americans, you might have found yourself thinking, “Enough of Ivanka and Jared already!”

The voters that put Mr. Trump in the White House are wondering more and more, “I voted for one name on the ballot. I didn’t vote for an entire family bloodline including in-laws. Is it me, or is something weird going on?”

With all the campaign talk about getting the most “competent” people for the job, we see Jared taking the role of Prince of Peace in the Middle East, and Ivanka being coronated as something like a Secretary of State (is she the First Lady, or is it Melania, or do they take shifts, or WTH is going on?). Out of the entire population of the United States, are we really supposed to believe that Ivanka and Jared are the most qualified for their influential positions in the world? Are they really worthy of their powerful influence over the future of a free people? It is nonsense! This is not how a republic works. This is how a monarchy operates. Damn the competency, royal blood beats through their veins, so they shall reign.

Blood is thicker than water. It is true. However, this is forgivable in private life only. In public life, the nation must trump family relation. That is “The Part of the Deal” of entering public service. Western civilization has always been excruciatingly clear on this point. For example, Romulus killed his own brother Remus, because Remus was interfering with the common good. Aeneas abandoned his lover to do what was best for civilization, even though it meant Dido would commit suicide. Noah cursed his grandson, and on and on. You seem to take literally what your base understood as hyperbole that you could shoot someone and still maintain the support of your base. It is not the case.

Allowing Ivanka to traipse around the world smiling, styling, and profiling seems eerily reminiscent of what Mr. Trump ridiculed Caroline Kennedy about, when he suggested she had no business being the ambassador to Japan. It is similar with Jared. One difference, however, is that ambassadors must go through a confirmation process. The kids were given a pass on that. Another difference is each of the kids can profit enormously from their access to the White House. Hmm … déjà vu of the Clintons too. Seriously, Mr. President? There is nobody in the entire United States that can advise you as well as or better than your kids? What’s next? Will the next vacancy on the Supreme Court be filled by Barron? You like to say how big you are, as do most teenagers, but, how about getting some Testosterone and keeping your kids in their place – out of the White House.

If Trump continues taking a back seat to his kids, and if he continues to ridicule and taunt individuals, such as Steve Bannon, he will rapidly erode his base. The only problem with doing that is that there will be hell to pay when he is out of office. The Democrats will unleash holy hell on him as soon as they can. It will make Russian collusion look like patty cake. If Mr. Trump thinks they do not have wet dreams of ruining him and his kids, he is sorely mistaken. If he believes they do not want to see him and his relations in prison, he is deluded. Think about the memes of a beheaded Trump that have gone viral. Really think about it.

Establishment Republicans are the same way. When Mr. Trump is out of office, they will not be there slapping him on the back for doing a good job, they will be there stabbing him in the back and cooperating with Democrats for his destruction, as they are doing even now.

Mr. Trump, you are making a grave mistake by mocking and disparaging Mr. Bannon. He does speak for your base. When you attack one of your base, you are cutting your own Achilles’ heel. Knock it off and grow up for America’s sake, and keep your kids in their place, which is out of the White House. You need your base for when you will eventually be out of office and you and your family will be thrown to the Democrat and Republican wolves.

A word to the wise is enough. Otherwise, good riddance.

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