Trump Transition Teams: 3 Kids and a Son In Law

Donald Trump remains true to his shallow roots. He's just moved from Celebrity Apprentice to Dynasty in naming his transition team. He's put his three adult offspring and a son in law in charge of picking who will run our country.

The list has 16 names, which means 25% of them are Trump's family members. [More...]

Donald Trump either doesn't have all his marbles, or he's as corrupt as anyone to ever hold the office since Richard Nixon.

From the inimitable Hunter S. Thompson in 1972:

The tragedy of all this is that George McGovern, for all his mistakes... understands what a fantastic monument to all the best instincts of the human race this country might have been, if we could have kept it out of the hands of greedy little hustlers like Richard Nixon. McGovern made some stupid mistakes, but in context they seem almost frivolous compared to the things Richard Nixon does every day of his life, on purpose...

Jesus! Where will it end? How low do you have to stoop in this country to be President?

More Fear and Loathing:

We've come to the point where every four years this national fever rises up – this hunger for the Saviour, the White Knight, the Man on Horseback – and whoever wins becomes so immensely powerful, like Nixon is now, that when you vote for President today you're talking about giving a man dictatorial power for four years.

The whole framework of the presidency is getting out of hand. It's come to the point where you almost can't run unless you can cause people to salivate and whip on each other with big sticks. You almost have to be a rock star to generate the kind of fever you need to survive in American politics.

I'm glad for the protesters. People should be protesting. As Hunter once wrote (Raoul Duke, Christmas Eve 1972):

"Those who fail to learn from the brutal stompings visited on them in the past are doomed to be brutally stomped in the future."

From Hunter's epic obituary on Nixon (and explaining my graphic):

He has poisoned our water forever. Nixon will be remembered as a classic case of a smart man sh*tting in his own nest. But he also sh*t in our nests, and that was the crime that history will burn on his memory like a brand. By disgracing and degrading the Presidency of the United States.... Richard Nixon broke the heart of the American Dream. (my emphasis.)

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    Seriously confused (none / 0) (#1)
    by Peter G on Fri Nov 11, 2016 at 08:48:42 PM EST
    Aren't Eric, Donald Jr., and Ivanka the same offspring whom he announced today would immediately be taking over the Tr*mp businesses, so as to insulate the presumptive future President from conflicts of interest? How does that work, if the same three are choosing the people who will take over leadership of major executive branch functions?

    I guess he'll let them (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Nov 11, 2016 at 08:50:55 PM EST
    pick the leaders that will most help their business, after which they'll go run their business. Cheap trick, but I'm not surprised.

    I'm even more confused. (none / 0) (#3)
    by Mr Natural on Sat Nov 12, 2016 at 07:50:30 AM EST
    How could handing over control to family members be in any way considered insulation or distance from conflicts of interest?