Is the Trump transition team endeavoring to blacklist Republicans who attacked him and supported Hillary? They should!
The Washington Post worries that Donald Trump might blacklist Republicans.
They are some of the biggest names in the Republican national security firmament, veterans of past GOP administrations who say, if called upon by President-elect Donald Trump, they stand ready to serve their country again.
But their phones aren’t ringing. Their entreaties to Trump Tower in New York have mostly gone unanswered. In Trump world, these establishment all-stars say they are “PNG” — personae non gratae.
Their transgression was signing one or both of two public “Never Trump” letters during the campaign, declaring they would not vote for Trump and calling his candidacy a danger to the nation.
One letter, with 122 names, was published by War on the Rocks, a website devoted to national security commentary, during the primary season in March. The other, with 50 names, including some repeat signatories, was published by the New York Times during the general-election campaign in August.
Now, just days before Trump is sworn in as the nation’s 45th president, the letter signers fear they have been added to another document, this one private — a purported blacklist compiled by Trump’s political advisers.
“Before he won, the conversation was, ‘We really would love for you to change your mind and join us,’ ” Peter Feaver, a National Security Council special adviser under President George W. Bush, said of informal talks with Trump aides. Feaver, who signed both letters, added that, “Since he won . . . the conversation is, ‘There likely will be a blacklist of people who signed the letters who won’t themselves be eligible for a post.’ ”
Trump transition aides did not respond to a request for comment for this article.
If Donald Trump doesn’t blacklist Republicans who did this to him, then he is stupid! Thus, I strongly suspect that the story is true. Remember, some of these people openly endorsed Hillary Clinton and all gave aid to her campaign.
And now they find they are losers. They are doubly losers for acting like they deserve a place on the team they publicly reviled.
The article mentions Michael Chertoff, a former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and a “Republican.” He endorsed Clinton. Here he is after the election trying to walk back his harsh opposition.
These “Never Trump” Republicans presume that Trump can’t govern without them.
Some letter signers said the Trump transition might be overwhelmed and could reach out more broadly in the coming weeks. Some hoped that Cabinet nominees, such as retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis, Trump’s pick to head the Pentagon, could potentially have the freedom to hire them. Many jobs below the Cabinet level remain unfilled.
But others are resigned to waiting until some of Trump’s initial appointees begin leaving his administration.
Donald Trump promised us a new foreign policy and a new security strategy. The last thing we need is for him to populate his administration with people who actively opposed his vision and agenda. We voted for a new path to the future. The Trump administration should blacklist Republicans who want to return to the status quo!