Slightly open thread—Omarosa, the gift who keeps on giving

Slightly open thread—Omarosa, the gift who keeps on giving

OK, when news first broke last week that former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman (Hello, Newman!) had recordings of White House meetings, many including Donald Trump, the collective reaction was a huge yawn.

But now it seems as if there's some "there" there.

Omarosa Manigault Newman secretly taped John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, as he fired her in December in the Situation Room, a breach of security protocols, but one that revealed him suggesting that she could face damage to her reputation if she did not leave quietly.

The recording was played on Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” where Ms. Manigault Newman, a former adviser to President Trump, promoted her new book, “Unhinged.” In the memoir, which focuses on her relationship with Mr. Trump going back to her time on “The Apprentice,” she describes the world around the president as a cult in which he creates his own reality.

And, of course, it gets better with this Maggie Haberman tweet.

The question isn't so much what's on the tapes. We can imagine all sorts of vileness and depravity. The issue is that the recordings exist at all. Far from hiring "the best people", the Trump regime is nothing but a ramshackle operation, as no one of any competence wants to work for it. The idea that that anyone in the Obama or Bush Jr administrations would even be allowed to walks around with unsecured mobile phones is laughable on the face of it. But it seems to be standard practice, starting at the top with Trump's own unsecured phone. And, of course, the main thing is that these phones are susceptible to hacking. So what Omarosa has on her phone others might have as well. And who knows how many other staffers are recording conversations in acts of self-preservation. When you have a mob boss on the top, you'd better watch out for yourself.

But this was the inevitable result when voters decided to take a gamble on a louche reality-show star, or register a protest vote for a batty Green Party candidate, rather than put the government in the hands of a competent, accomplished woman. "What could go wrong?" As the past almost two years have shown, lots.

This is your open thread.



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