Working for Donald Trump is the most stressful (and possibly career-ending) job in Washington right now. The big orange boss constantly undercuts the statements he sends his lackeys out to make in order to defend his never ending series of crises, he could be involving them in criminal behavior, and, most of all, they have to deal with Trump’s wildly careening and unpredictable moods and behavior. Reportedly, working in Trump’s White House is so stressful that the staffers there are now in need of support groups. From the Washington Post:
As Donald Trump has grown increasingly angry and frustrated with his White House staff, the beleaguered targets of his ire have a quietly roiling gripe of their own — their boss, the president himself.
Since he fired FBI Director James B. Comey, Trump has lurched through crises of his own making — from the explosive report Monday that he had revealed highly classified intelligence to Russian officials to the bombshell Tuesday that he had urged Comey to end the federal investigation into Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser.
In his wake remain his exhausted aides and deputies, the frequent targets of Trump’s wrath as they struggle to control an uncontrollable chief executive and labor to explain away his stumbles.
So, Trump is just as abusive a boss as we all imagined, only it seems it’s about a million times worse than has previously been reported. The staff there can’t control him. He literally makes it impossible for them to do their jobs and then blames them for his own lies and incompetence. This has gotten so out of control that it is literally ruining their mental health. Again, from the Washington Post:
For many White House staffers, impromptu support groups of friends, confidants and acquaintances have materialized, calling and texting to check in, inquiring about their mental state and urging them to take care of themselves.
One Republican operative in frequent contact with White House officials described them as “going through the stages of grief.” Another said some aides have “moved to angry,” frustrated with a president who demands absolute loyalty but in recent days has publicly tarnished the credibility of his team by sending them out with one message — only to personally undercut it later with a contradicting tweet or public comment.
And a third said that others are sticking around purely for self-interest, hoping to juice their future earning potential. This Republican added that any savvy White House staffer should be keeping a diary. “The real question is, how long do you put up with it?” this person said. “Every one of those people could get a better-paying job and work less hours.”
These people need to do two things: First, they need to lawyer up. They will likely be called to testify when it comes to Trump’s potentially criminal behavior. They might even be implicated in criminal activity themselves, considering the fact that Trump demands absolute loyalty, and no matter how outrageous the statement or act, it’s either do it or lose their jobs, and likely have Trump and his goons make sure their lives are ruined. Secondly, they need to resign before the shit hits the fan. Trump is going down, but they still have time to admit they made a mistake and save themselves.
All in all, these people are in a living hell. Then again, all of this, considering Trump’s behavior on the campaign trail, was completely predictable. None of these staffers deserve an iota of sympathy because they knew what they were getting into when they went to work for this evil, soulless, lying, bigoted, opportunistic, narcissistic, sorry excuse for a human being.
Better get out now, snowflakes. The end is near.
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Shannon Barber is a self- described queer feminist and activist for racial equality, LGBT rights, women’s rights, and secular rights in America. She is a lifelong lover of words, though her educational background is in computer science. She currently writes for 2 liberal websites, and keeps her own humor blog for lesbians. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time.