John Thune said on election night that our fascist President-Elect needs to balance his “drain the swamp” appeal with practical governance:
“He is somebody who wants to shake up the status quo. I think frankly Washington needs somebody to shake it up and somebody that’ll be a disruptive influence,” U.S. Sen. John Thune, one of those who called for Trump’s resignation a month ago, said following his acceptance speech Tuesday night in Sioux Falls.
Thune continued, “At the same time, we have to govern so we have to find the sweet spot that enables us to get results with the American people” [Dana Ferguson, “With Trump Poised to Take Presidency, Former Skeptics Pivot,” that Sioux Falls paper, 2016.11.08].
The President-Elect’s supporters can’t find “sweet” Trump’s surrounding himself with Bush/Romney insiders and lobbyists on his transition team and picking the leader of the GOP Establishment, RNC chairman Reince Priebus, as his chief of staff.
In an attempt to create some semblance of outsiderdom in his administration, Trump has named as his chief of strategery Breitbart chief Stephen Bannon, a model of Trumpist lying tyranny and a White nationalist Confederate flag defender:
The Southern Poverty Law Center, a hate-watch group, has accused Breitbart of explicitly embracing ethno-nationalism. After Bannon’s elevation was announced, the law center tweeted several controversial stories written by Breitbart under Bannon’s control, including a piece published two weeks after a mass killing at a black church in Charleston, S.C., last year: “Hoist it high and proud: the confederate flag proclaims a glorious heritage.”
“Stephen Bannon was the main driver behind Breitbart becoming a white ethno-nationalist propaganda mill,” the law center wrote via Twitter in its first statements on Bannon’s elevation. “Trump should rescind this hire. In his victory speech, Trump said he intended to be president for ‘all Americans.’ Bannon should go” [links added; Jose A. DelReal, “Trump Draws Sharp Rebuke, Concerns over Newly Appointed Chief White House Strategist Stephen Bannon,” Washington Post, 2016.11.13].
Insiders and Klan enablers—tell me again, Senator Thune, how that combo is in any way “sweet”.