Trump Regime

Mick Mulvaney May Be On His Way Out

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Last week was a rough week for Trump's chief of staff Mick Mulvaney as he publicly and proudly declared that military aid for Ukraine was withheld for political reasons. Mick also announced that Trump's Doral resort would host the next meeting of the G-7 only to cancel those plans and walk it back.

Now, this doesn't surprise me, but sources who spoke to Reuters say Trump is shopping for replacements for the former co-founder of the Batshit Caucus.

The president has been focused in part on Mulvaney’s comments to reporters last week that Trump had withheld military aid from Ukraine in an effort to get Kiev to investigate a debunked claim about the 2016 U.S. election.

A television interview on Sunday in which Mulvaney tied Trump’s now-reversed decision to host G7 leaders at his resort near Miami to a feeling by the president that he was still in the hospitality business was also seen as falling flat.

“The president expressed some concern after Mick’s difficult week,” said one of the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

It's not as if there are any good members of the Trump regime, but Mick Mulvaney is exemplary in the sense that he compromised everything he ever claimed to believe in to serve his dark master.

Before he became Trump's chief of staff, Mulvaney was the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) where he had a direct hand in drafting budgets that would explode our deficit and debt to levels that Mulvaney himself would (and did) have a conniption over when President Obama was in office.

As a member of Congress and co-founder of the so-called Freedom Caucus, Mulvaney called for balanced budgets and fiscal discipline and then, as a member of Trump's regime, he had a direct hand in virtually every frivolous spending proposal of the Trump era from Trump's fantasy border wall to hosting the G-7 at Doral.

Before he was named the director of OMB and before he became Trump's chief of staff, Mulvaney also took control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and he used the agency to serve and protect predatory lenders and businesses (who were also his campaign donors), not consumers. Mulvaney is an image of corruption.

In short, Mulvaney is low-key one of the chief villains of the Trump era who has stayed below the radar more than he should.

Trump recently said that Mulvaney still has his full confidence, but as you know that is often the kiss of death. Everyone who works with Trump is eventually humiliated.

  • Christopher Foxx

    he had a direct hand in drafting budgets that would explode our deficit and debt to levels that Mulvaney himself would (and did) have a conniption over when President Obama was in office.

    Gosh, how unusual. You never see that level of hypocrisy from a Republican.

  • mnpollio

    And yet another development that makes us ponder “Why are Conservatives So Damn Stupid?” Time and again these mental midgets with deplorable ethics lie and lie and lie themselves into a corner hoping to blow smoke for the Rancid Cheetoh and then get thrown under the bus and then have the bus back over them a few times to make sure they remain a puddle of jello in the street. This happens so often that there are ample examples one can point to. And yet there seems to be an endless parade of conservative Republican morons lined up to jump into the breach and run interference for Satan on Pennsylvania Avenue. Has it penetrated to any of them that they are not protected and this guy sees them as tools to be easily discarded once used up and not friends, compatriots or confidantes? Is it too much to hope that Bill Barr or Mike Pence are the next people to look up and see said bus bearing down on them?

    • David Greenberg

      From your lips to God’s ears re Pence and Barr. As for Mulvaney- I think schadenfreude (sic) is the operable word. Whether it be his stupidity, incompetence or arrogance, seeing him shitcanned by an orange turd is worth the price of admission. Unfortunately, it begs the question of who are the awful people who elect these cretins. My long term dream would be to see trump, Johnson, netanyahu and Putin sharing a cell.

  • muselet

    I’d be happy to see the back of Mick Mulvaney if I didn’t know whoever replaces him will be worse.

    I figure his replacement will be either Eric Trump (he’s not doing anything at the moment, and Donald Junior is too busy keeping the rubes stirred up), Jared Kushner (since he’s done such a bang-up job of bringing peace to the Middle East, solving the opioid crisis, reimagining Veterans Affairs, reforming the criminal justice system, reinventing government to work like a business, and all the other random tasks he’s been assigned), or Ivanka Trump (assuming she’s through empowering women or whatever it is she’s supposed to be doing).

    –alopecia

    • Nefercat

      Ooh, or maybe it will be Dunce, Jr. after all. The trumpledoos seem to think he is the obvious next step in the trump dynasty and what better way to show off his brilliance and fabulous political skills (a chip off the old block indeed!) than a nice public white house position! It’s not nepotism at all. Only a libtard would say it was. After all, John Quincy Adams followed John Adams. It’s the exact same thing!

      Eric has enough on his hands figuring out his fidget spinner. Kushner seems to prefer slithering around in the dark or overseas.