“They intend to stack thousands of mid-level staff jobs. Well-funded groups are already developing lists of candidates selected often for their animus against the system — in line with Trump’s long-running obsession with draining “the swamp.” This includes building extensive databases of people vetted as being committed to Trump and his agenda.”
Too good to check.
Writes Kaylee McGhee White:
“I’m….very on board with this”
The “this” is an article by Jonathan Swain at Axios detailing expansive preparations for Trump World to ideologically gut the federal bureaucracy if Republicans regain control of the House and Senate, and most importantly, the presidency.
While the Axios article, and a piece based on it by The Daily Mail, presume Trump would be that president, the plan as laid out is not dependent on Trump the individual. It’s a Trump World plan that would start in January 2023 in the Congressional bureaucracy, and could be implemented in the executive branch starting in January 2025 by any willing Republican president.
Read the whole article, it’s quite detailed and expansive in its coverage, A radical plan for Trump’s second term:
Former President Trump’s top allies are preparing to radically reshape the federal government if he is re-elected, purging potentially thousands of civil servants and filling career posts with loyalists to him and his “America First” ideology, people involved in the discussions tell Axios.
The impact could go well beyond typical conservative targets such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Internal Revenue Service. Trump allies are working on plans that would potentially strip layers at the Justice Department — including the FBI, and reaching into national security, intelligence, the State Department and the Pentagon, sources close to the former president say….
The heart of the plan is derived from an executive order known as “Schedule F,” developed and refined in secret over most of the second half of Trump’s term and launched 13 days before the 2020 election….
As Trump publicly flirts with a 2024 comeback campaign, this planning is quietly flourishing from Mar-a-Lago to Washington — with his blessing but without the knowledge of some people in his orbit.
Trump remains distracted by his obsession with contesting the 2020 election results. But he has endorsed the work of several groups to prime an administration-in-waiting. Personnel and action plans would be executed in the first 100 days of a second term starting on Jan. 20, 2025.
Their work could accelerate controversial policy and enforcement changes, but also enable revenge tours against real or perceived enemies, and potentially insulate the president and allies from investigation or prosecution.
They intend to stack thousands of mid-level staff jobs. Well-funded groups are already developing lists of candidates selected often for their animus against the system — in line with Trump’s long-running obsession with draining “the swamp.” This includes building extensive databases of people vetted as being committed to Trump and his agenda.
50,000. That number in the Axios article is getting a lot of attention.
An initial estimate by the Trump official who came up with Schedule F found it could apply to as many as 50,000 federal workers — a fraction of a workforce of more than 2 million, but a segment with a profound role in shaping American life.
Trump, in theory, could fire tens of thousands of career government officials with no recourse for appeals. He could replace them with people he believes are more loyal to him and to his “America First” agenda.
Much of the rest of the article deals with (former) palace intrigue, who’s in and who’s out with Trump, and Trump’s focus on 2020.
But one thing of interest is what happens before 2024, focusing on staffing (CPI is the Conservative Partnership Institute, founded by Jim DeMint and involving Mark Meadows):
CPI’s immediate priority is preparing to put its vetted people in new GOP congressional offices at the start of 2023. Over the past five years since CPI’s founding, the group has been adding personnel to a database that now contains thousands of names.
The CPI team is reckoning on Republicans likely winning back the House and possibly the Senate in the November midterms. That would deliver a tremendous staffing opportunity. These anticipated victories could open hundreds of new staff jobs on Capitol Hill next year — from congressional offices to key committees.
CPI’s goal is to have at least 300 fully vetted “America First” staffers to supply GOP congressional offices after the midterms. These new staffers would theoretically gain valuable experience to use on Capitol Hill but also incubate for a Trump administration in 2025.
The article goes into several other groups working on different aspects of identifying personnel before an election win, whether congressional or presidential. In other words, what Democrats do so well. They have lists of staffers ready to go, and adminisrators ready to be put in the bureaucracy as soon as a Democrat wins the presidency. That’s what Trump did not have in 2016.
The article ends with a result that — to me — is not reliant on Trump, but is reliant on Trumpism/America Firstism:
One uniting theme connects all of these disparate groups: fealty, to Trump himself or his “America First” ideology.
Now, they are functioning as a series of task forces for a possible Trump administration. They are rookeries for former Trump staff. They are breeding grounds for a new wave of right-wing personnel to run the U.S. government.
Part 2 of Swan’s investigation was just released, Trump’s revenge, which goes into more detail on Schedule F firings, but is less interesting.
The reaction has been, well, predictable, Building An Organization For A Fascist Takeover– Right Under The Nose Of Biden’s Pathetic DOJ and Donald Trump’s new plan to completely destroy America.
In reality, Trump World is simply doing what Democrats always do – preparing to gut the bureaucracy and install your own people. The horrors!
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