White House snowflakes have formed emotional support groups because of Trump’s behavior
If you think being an embattled POTUS or any other high-ranking politician is a bad gig, imagine working as that person’s underling/punching bag.
According to a Thursday night report in The Washington Post, White House staffers are desperately seeking an exit strategy; when they’re not dusting off their resumes or contacting consultants, some are seeking means of emotional comfort. Some might even describe such an abstract destination as that of a “safe space.”
It’s highly difficult to spare any sympathy for the opportunicrat who would go to work for this unhinged bigot, but there’s no denying that the psychological effects of working for a giant, orange megalomaniac are very real.
As Donald Trump has grown increasingly angry and frustrated with his White House staff, the beleaguered targets of his ire have a quietly roiling gripe of their own — their boss, the president himself.
Since he fired FBI Director James B. Comey, Trump has lurched through crises of his own making — from the explosive report Monday that he had revealed highly classified intelligence to Russian officials to the bombshell Tuesday that he had urged Comey to end the federal investigation into Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser.
In his wake remain his exhausted aides and deputies, the frequent targets of Trump’s wrath as they struggle to control an uncontrollable chief executive and labor to explain away his stumbles.
Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, who worked under George W. Bush, weighed in on the toll that the current political climate must be taking on staffers, saying, “It’s torture — torture because of everything that is happening externally, but it’s also torture because of how divided the White House is internally. It makes it very hard to keep your head up and do your job.”
Yet, unless you’re one of the folks being dumped on on a daily basis, it’s hard to understand what it feels like to be a part of the sinking S.S. Trump. In the wake of the president’s many scandals, controversies, and stupid tweets, some employees have been relying on friends, family, and each other for shoulders to cry on:
For many White House staffers, impromptu support groups of friends, confidants and acquaintances have materialized, calling and texting to check in, inquiring about their mental state and urging them to take care of themselves.
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.
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.”