“I’m in charge here.”
— Al Haig
Omarosa Manigault – the token in Trump’s plantation house, has released secretly recorded tapes of conversations with senior regime figures.
While her claims about tapes, in which Trump allegedly uses racist epithets offer salacious promise, they will not convince his detractors that he is worse than they already believe, or convince his supporters, operating via magical thinking, that his bigotry is an issue. Everyone knows he’ a bigot and the people who hate him for it will go on hating him for it, and the ones who love him for it, will go on loving him for it.
What is far more significant is that she illegally recorded people, that the security in the White House is either compromised through incompetence, or by design suggesting an effort to discredit and or control Trump. And if it’s the former, then we must accept the fact that the United States Secret Service has been outfoxed by someone who got booted from, a Trump produced reality show.
Still even more importantly is that Omarosa apparently recorded a conversation inside the Situation Room. If this does not set off alarm bells across the political establishment than nothing short of Russian paratroopers landing on the White House lawn will – and honestly, at this point we’re not sure that would generate much concern.
But beyond even all of that there is what the tapes reveal about Chief of Staff, John Kelly. Kelly is heard saying: “Everyone at the White House works for me, not the president.”
This is at best reminiscent of Al Haig’s “I’m in charge here” comment with its sinister overtone of military juntas seizing control from the civilians, nominally running the circus. At worst it is the truth – John Kelly is the de facto ruler of America.
Kelly, like Haig, a former high ranking general, has all but said, Trump is president in name only. General Kelly is the president or at least first among not quite equals with Mattis and McMaster*.
We have discussed this previously
but now with the tapes what’s clear and undeniable, is that the bedrock business of the executive branch is being run by a military junta.
Trump is a figurehead – a dangerous, barely controlled figuredhead and the already shabby remains of the republic have in Omarosa Manigault, met its gravedigger.
For details on the tapes, see the following:
*Replaced by the perpetually dyspeptic, John Bolton.