Some Republicans who committed themselves to the ‘Never Trump’ movement… are shocked and dismayed that they aren’t being offered plush, cushy jobs in the Trump Administration.
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.
The letters were explicit in their denunciations of Trump’s professed support for torture of terrorism suspects, his pledge to build a wall along the border with Mexico, his anti-Muslim rhetoric and his admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The letters also attacked Trump’s character and temperament, asserting that he “lacks self-control and acts impetuously,” has demonstrated “erratic behavior” and is “fundamentally dishonest.”
And now they’re mad because Trump won’t give them policy jobs in his administration.
The Post tries to spin this a little bit as Trump being bitter and vengeful; blacklisting people with decades of Washington experience out of pettiness. But buried deeper in the article, they have to admit that Trump has been meeting with people who criticized him during the campaign, one of whom describes their meeting as “a sign of maturity and graciousness.”
I remember that last week, one of the Narratives being pushed by the DMC was “Trump’s cabinet picks disagree with him on policy.” Of course, if they had offered unconditional support for Trump’s policies, the Narrative would have been, “Trump’s cabinet is nothing but ‘Yes Men.'” No matter what Trump does, the DMC will spin it against him.