In recent days former Trump Secretary of Defense Mark Esper dropped a tidbit as part of his book huckstering that Trump had wanted to shoot peaceful demonstrators. Esper portrays himself as a hero because he didn’t order troops to fire. Then news came out that Jarod Kushner has a book coming out this summer in which he claims that he secretly saved America. They are far from alone.
You can add former Attorney General Bill Barr, former Transpiration Secretary Elaine Chao (a/k/a Mrs. Mitch McConnell) and former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to the list. And those are just off the top of my head. Barr wrote a book, as far as I know the other two haven’t. They all resigned in the waning days of the Trump administration supposedly mainly in reaction to 1/6. Barr actually gave the order for the violent and unconstitutional clearing of legal protesters in the Battle of Lafayette Park. The same action in which Esper claims to have refused to order the shooting of the protesters. (Am I alone or does this bring visions of Tiananmen Square to your brain?) All three were members of the Cabinet. If they felt so strongly, why didn’t they move to invoke the 25th Amendment and get rid of Trump? (Esper was never actually confirmed so I’m not sure if he would have counted in the necessary Cabinet vote.)
Barr covered up so much for Trump that many (and I am among them) felt that he was Trump’s personal counsel not America’s top lawyer. America was his client although he never acted that way. On a similar note, the White House Counsel’s client is the Office of the Presidency, not the occupant. Don McGahn, another “Trump author”, who holds himself out as a last line defender of America never seemed to understand that. He is a guy who is the hero in all his stories. I’m skeptical of those kinds of people. I think the PG version of the word I’m searching for is malarkey.
I’ve had the idea for an article like this in the back of my head for some time now. The Kushner story finally motivated (that’s a polite word in this situation) me to make it happen. If you look up the word “hero” in the dictionary I’m certain a picture of Jared Kushner will not accompany the definition. In an illustrated dictionary “wimp” might be a different story. Hey, but who am I to question his business acumen? He did walk away with $2 billion in Saudi money and we picked up the tab for his sales call.
These people are all cowards and frauds. As far as I’m concerned, with the rare exceptions of a few who left prior to 1/6, anyone who has a Trump job on their resume should never be in government service again! Heroes act in the moment with respect to a higher cause and accept the personal outcome(s) good, bad or indifferent.
The title of this article is a question. You know which option I took.
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