President Donald Trump is taking his retaliatory purge to a whole new level by hiring a crony and ordering him to begin a government-wide purge of anyone not loyal to him across every federal agency.
In the weeks since Senate Republicans acquitted him to conclude a rigged impeachment trial, Trump has retaliated against Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman by removing him from the National Security Council and has fired Ambassador Gordon Sondland for testifying during House impeachment hearings.
Trump has also moved to seize control of the Justice Department to use it for his own political and personal gain.
But now his plans have become even more sinister.
Trump rehired his former body man Johnny McEntee as his presidential personnel chief despite gambling debts that made him too vulnerable to have a security clearance back in 2018, and has given him an order to purge anyone who isn’t loyal to him from every single federal agency.
For now, the purge appears to be limited to political appointees.
According to Axios:
McEntee called in White House liaisons from cabinet agencies for an introductory meeting Thursday, in which he asked them to identify political appointees across the U.S. government who are believed to be anti-Trump. McEntee suggested the most dramatic changes may have to wait until after the November election. Trump has empowered McEntee — whom he considers an absolute loyalist — to purge the ‘bad people’ and ‘Deep State.’ McEntee told staff that those identified as anti-Trump will no longer get promotions by shifting them around agencies.
This is the most dangerous step Trump has taken thus far to become a dictator, and it could eventually spread to include firing career federal employees until everyone working in government is loyal to him and not to the country and the Constitution.
At that point, Trump could literally do whatever he wants because there will be no one left in the government to stand against him. Everyone would serve to do his bidding, including law enforcement, prosecutors and others.
This is the beginning of a government takeover that has severe implications. This is what a real coup look like. And democracy and freedom are at stake.
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