A good many bureaucrats and so-called national security “experts” are finding out that elections have consequences. Republicans who threw in with Hillary Clinton while working to undermine the candidacy of Donald Trump are shocked to find that they have been unable to land jobs with the incoming administration.
Big names from the Bush-Cheney era like Michael Chertoff, Michael Hayden and Philip Zelikow and dozens more have been shut out and took to the sympathetic ears at the Washington Post to whine.
According to the WAPO “‘Never Trump’ national-security Republicans fear they have been blacklisted”:
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.
Last week, the Trump transition held a private briefing for secretary-of-state nominee Rex Tillerson to prepare him for his Senate confirmation hearing. One former Bush national security official who works at a Washington think tank said that some of his younger staff assistants were invited to participate but that he was not. He assumes it was because he signed the letter.
“It’s hostile,” said this person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of further retribution. “It’s not just that we’re frozen out. . . . I was told they said there was an enemies list.”
At the time that these clowns issued their public letters they assumed that a Hillary presidency was a slam dunk and that many would be rewarded with jobs. But sometimes shit happens and they now find themselves on the outside looking in.
President-elect Trump is known for valuing loyalty and has no place for opportunist rats and RINO backstabbers like these fools who may actually have to go out and work for a living.
Originally published at Downtrend.com