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Trump Reveals Who His National Security Advisors Are, and The Establishment is Furious

Trump told the Washington Post who his advisers are and it has the ruling class freaking out.

What gets the ruling class freaking out? The threat of new blood in national security and foreign policy. Politico reports,

Donald Trump’s new lineup of little-known foreign policy advisers isn’t exactly assuaging concerns about the Manhattan real estate mogul’s readiness to be commander in chief.

Republican insiders were scratching their heads Monday at names Trump offered as sources of regular advice on national security. Several of those Trump cited during a visit to The Washington Post’s editorial board are complete unknowns; others have mixed reputations among GOP national security pros. One prominently cites his attendance at a model United Nations conference as a credential on his LinkedIn page; another has compared President Barack Obama’s official national security strategy to a document about slavery written in 1850.

“I don’t know any of them,” said Kori Schake, a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and a former official in the George W. Bush State Department. “National security is hard to do well even with first-rate people. It’s almost impossible to do well with third-rate people.”

Translation: Trump is bringing new blood into the club of corruptocrats where they are not welcome.

The candidates with “first-rate people” were men like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. Where are they now?

The public is saying as loudly as possible that they don’t agree with Schake’s rating system. Neither does our military where Marco Rubio was dead last and Trump is quite popular.

What is amazing is that Politico reports this as if it shows people that Donald Trump is unreliable. The article quotes a lot of experts like Schake basically agreeing that Trump’s advisors are third-rate. If those old-guard spokesmen had any credibility left, then Trump wouldn’t be the GOP front-runner. All their pronouncements are going to do is bolster Donald Trump’s popularity.

Other than disparaging comments from advisors to our current ruling class, the main thing the article communicates are allegations that Trump’s foreign policy team is too concerned about the threat of Islam and too nice to Vladimir Putin. But again, this is not going to hurt Trump. The public agrees to a large extent that Syria is not worth war with Russia and that we need to be more careful about Muslim immigration.

The ruling class had better find a way to convince the public that they are right or they won’t be ruling much longer.

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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