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Former Trump staffers are facing a 'job desert' in Washington after the Capitol siege
  • Many of Donald Trump's ex-aides, including some Cabinet secretaries, are struggling to find new Washington jobs, The Washington Post reported.
  • Some, including former HUD Secretary Ben Carson and former adviser Stephen Miller, have opted to start their own organizations.
  • One Trump world insider told The Post he's seen "many, many people" lose job offers following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Many of former President Donald Trump's ex-aides who've decided to stick around in the swamp are having a hard time finding new gigs.

Ever since the January 6 siege of the Capitol by Trump loyalists, former administration of all levels, including Cabinet secretaries, are struggling to score the lucrative or prestigious Washington jobs they'd hoped would be waiting for them post-Trump, The Washington Post reported.

Matt Schlapp, the chairman of the American Conservative Union who's raked in millions lobbying the Trump White House, told The Post that former Trump staffers are radioactive in DC, at least for now. Schlapp said former President George W. Bush's staffers faced a "jobs desert" after Bush left office as a deeply unpopular president, "but even that was nothing compared to what Trump/Pence people are finding themselves in today."

He added, "If I had a dollar for every time someone in Washington said to me, hey, I'm really looking to hire someone for X job, but they can't have worked for the Trump administration, I'd have a great sum of money."

... But other high-ranking former officials have fled Washington. Former White House Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders quickly relocated her family to her home state of Arkansas in preparation for her bid for governor. Former Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen sold her DC home and moved out of town, The Post reported.

Still others, including former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, former chief of staff John Kelly, and former National Security Adviser John Bolton, have publicly criticized the former president, particularly following the Capitol siege.

But it's unclear how long the corporate and establishment distaste for Trump world will continue.
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The GOP's flailing response to the Georgia voting law backlash shows how lost the party is
  • The GOP response to backlash over Georgia's new voting restrictions shows how lost it is.
  • The typically pro-corporate party is threatening tax hikes on major companies criticizing the law.
  • And as Republicans rant about "cancel culture," they're calling for boycotts of pro baseball.
The Republican party was always going to struggle to define itself post-Trump, but the scope of that challenge has become increasingly evident via the party's bumbling reaction to growing fallout over Georgia's controversial new voting law.

The voting law, which includes a provision banning volunteers from delivering food or drinks to voters in line, has sparked a wave of criticism — including from major companies based in Georgia like Coca-Cola and Delta. The MLB has also protested the law by moving the All-Star Game out of Georgia. Republicans maintain that the law is designed to prevent voter fraud, an extremely rare and virtually non-existent problem in the US.

In a strange twist of events, the typically pro-corporate, hyper-patriotic GOP is now calling for boycotts of Coke, perhaps the country's most iconic brand, and America's favorite pastime.

"If @mlb is boycotting states that pass Republican election integrity laws, maybe Republicans should boycott Major League Baseball?" GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky tweeted on Monday.

For decades, Republicans have made opposition to raising taxes a central tenet of their political philosophy, while decrying almost anyone who called for taxes and regulations on corporations as socialists. But Republicans are currently threatening tax hikes on companies that criticize Georgia's new law.

"Corporations will invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement on Monday.

"Why are we still listening to these woke corporate hypocrites on taxes, regulations   antitrust?" Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida tweeted on Friday.

Indeed, the same party that has consistently backed the notion corporations should be granted the same free speech rights as people is now leading the charge to punish companies that expressed views contrary to their agenda.

... In short, the Republican party has lost its sense of self and has no discernible, cogent ideology. It's in survival mode, as evidenced by the failing response to the backlash over Georgia's new voting restrictions. But while the GOP effort to defend the divisive law is clumsy, the legislation itself is part of a far more coordinated, nationwide effort from the party when it comes to elections.

... In many ways, the GOP is already a minority party. The GOP hasn't won the popular vote in a presidential election since 2004. Democrats have won the popular vote in seven of the last eight elections, including the past four (2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020). Under former President Donald Trump, the GOP lost the White House, House, and Senate in just four years.
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Former President Donald Trump dropped 298 spots in Forbes' ranking of the world's billionaires
  • Trump dropped from the No. 1,001 spot to No. 1,299 in Forbes' 2021 Billionaires List.
  • The pandemic has pummeled his commercial real estate business, which is his biggest revenue driver.
  • Trump has grown richer since last year, but other billionaires surpassed him.
Over the four years that Trump was president, his net worth plummeted by $700 million from $3 billion to $2.3 billion, as Insider's Grace Kay and Grace Dean reported. He was the first billionaire in history to serve as president of the United States.

Last year, Trump also fell 77 spots in Forbes' ranking of the 400 richest Americans — his net worth took a $600 million hit between September 2019 and September 2020. Fellow billionaire investor Warren Buffett also met rough times during the pandemic and saw his net worth plummet $7.3 billion.

The individuals included in Forbes' 2021 Billionaire's List are collectively word $13.1 trillion, with most residing in the US. Despite the setbacks, Forbes reported that a new billionaire emerged every 14 hours on average over the course of the last year.
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Biden breaks with Trump and says he'll stick up for Federal Reserve's independence
  • Biden said he wanted to break with Trump in sticking up for the Federal Reserve's independence.
  • "I want to be real clear that I'm not going to do the kinds of things that have been done in the last administration," Biden said.
  • While he was in office, Trump pressured Fed Chair Powell against raising interest rates.
President Joe Biden said on Tuesday he would safeguard the independence of the Federal Reserve , breaking with his predecessor, Donald Trump, who often tried pressuring the central bank to lower the cost of borrowing.

"Starting off my presidency, I want to be real clear that I'm not going to do the kinds of things that have been done in the last administration — either talking to the attorney general about who he's going to prosecute or not prosecute ... or for the Fed, telling them what they should and shouldn't do," he said at a White House news conference.

"I think the Federal Reserve is an independent operation," he said, adding he does speak with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.
The Treasury did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The remarks reflect another way that the president is distancing himself from his predecessor by preserving the Fed's traditional independence from the White House. Trump heaped criticism onto Powell throughout his term, assailing him as "an enemy of the state" and a "terrible communicator" from his now-suspended Twitter account.

Trump furiously tried pressuring Powell from raising interest rates while the economy was in the middle of its longest expansion in history in the years leading up to the pandemic. At one point, he suggested Powell may be a "bigger enemy" of the US than China.

Powell played a critical role designing the Fed's stimulus programs as vast swaths of the economy shut down last year. He also encouraged Congress to continue approving more federal aid for struggling individuals, small businesses, and state and local governments.

"Given the low level of interest rates, there's no issue about the United States being able to service its debt at this time or in the foreseeable future," he told NPR recently. Powell, a Trump nominee, has also downplayed the inflation risks stemming from the $1.9 trillion stimulus package.

Powell's term as Fed chair expires in 2022, and Biden must decide whether to keep him onboard.
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NAACP's Trump insurrection lawsuit expected to add 10 new plaintiffs, including members of Congress, per reports
  • The NAACP's lawsuit against Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and extremist groups, is about to expand.
  • According to The Daily Beast, 10 new plaintiffs and additional information will be added Wednesday.
  • The NAACP originally brought the suit on behalf of Rep. Bennie Thompson in February following the Jan. 6 riot.
A federal lawsuit targeting former President Donald Trump, his lawyer, and far-right extremists in the aftermath of the July 6 Capital attack is reportedly scoring some new, heavyweight plaintiffs.

The NAACP's suit alleging Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and members of the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers conspired to incite a riot in an effort to prevent the certification of the 2020 presidential election is expected to add 10 new plaintiffs, including other members of Congress, on Wednesday, according to The New York Times and The Daily Beast.

Lawyers for the civil rights organization brought the suit on behalf of Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi in February and alleged the former president and his lawyer, in conjunction with far-right extremist groups, violated the 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act by depriving Americans of their civil rights and disrupting the electoral vote count on January 6.

In addition to new plaintiffs, the amended complaint will also reportedly feature additional information regarding the deadly riot in Washington DC, according to The Beast.

During the violent siege, Thompson was among lawmakers who were forced to don gas masks and lie on the floor in an effort to avoid rioters, according to the suit. The Mississippi rep. was eventually led out of the Capitol to the Longworth House Office Building, where he sheltered in place with more than 200 other lawmakers, staffers, and family members.

Trump has chosen Jesse Binnall, a Republican lawyer who filed a "Stop the Seal" lawsuit in Nevada, which attempted and failed to overturn the 2020 election results, to represent him in the suit, The Beast reported.
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or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trump, whom many observers consider an anomaly, left the White House by saying, “We will be back in some form.” His legacy is “Trumpism” – a wave of white nationalism.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.