Break out the world’s 20 tiniest violins—one definitely will not be enough for the sad story of the Trump staffers. They went to work for a man who even casual observers could see was unstable, abusive, and unable to accept responsibility for his actions, and now they’re suffering under an unstable, abusive boss who blames staff for his own screw-ups. And instead of getting to have the fun of stripping health coverage from tens of millions of people and giving giant tax breaks to billionaires, the Trump staff are, well, scrambling to deal with their boss’s many screw-ups and then being blamed when it’s not possible to avoid bad headlines.
One Republican operative in frequent contact with White House officials described them as “going through the stages of grief.” Another said some aides have “moved to angry,” frustrated with a president who demands absolute loyalty but in recent days has publicly tarnished the credibility of his team by sending them out with one message — only to personally undercut it later with a contradicting tweet or public comment.
Some of them are taking it in the true Trump spirit:
And a third said that others are sticking around purely for self-interest, hoping to juice their future earning potential. This Republican added that any savvy White House staffer should be keeping a diary. “The real question is, how long do you put up with it?” this person said. “Every one of those people could get a better-paying job and work less hours.”
And they’re starting to put the blame for their situation where it ultimately rests:
The Trump White House has always been full of leaks to the news media. But the latest waves of anonymous griping have subtly shifted from warring aides bickering among themselves to staffers training their frustrations on the president, as well. Those who remain fully loyal to Trump report a growing sense of isolation.
Poor sad babies. When they get around to realizing how they got themselves into this position and what’s wrong with this picture beyond that they personally are taking blame for someone else’s recklessness, we can start to talk about whether maybe, after years of atonement, they deserve sympathy. For now, they deserve every bit of misery they’re living through—it’s not half of what they’re working to deliver to immigrants and Medicaid patients and millions of other Americans and for that matter people around the world.