Trump’s former aides are struggling to find employment because of their association with his administration.
A Republican strategist reportedly said:
“They really are f***ed. They were told over and over to take their hand off the hot stove and they didn’t want to listen.”
Another added that the riot on 6 January, the date when the Electoral College votes were supposed to be counted, changed everything.
“They looked to that as the end of the limbo state people were operating in so they could start moving on to the next thing. But the 6th put a shock to that.”
Some of Trump’s aides, he explained, intended to start looking for jobs after the Electoral College vote, so as not to undermine Trump’s claims that he really won the election. But, ironically, the events in the Capitol only turned people – including some Republicans – further against the Trump administration.
Those in Trump’s inner circle are complaining about how difficult it is to find jobs outside the White House and are desperately trying to help each other out. One former White House official reportedly said:
“There’s a lot of resumé passing and people just wanting to help people land on their feet.”
Others have hired each other: former communications director Alyssa Farah, who began her White House career as a spokesperson for Mike Pence, is said to have recruited her one-time boss to join her new consulting business, for instance.
Although he’s hinted at various post-presidency plans, Trump hasn’t yet launched a new business venture, political party or media empire. His time is presumably currently occupied by preparing for his second impeachment trial, which is set to go ahead in the Senate in February.
Few have stuck by Trump’s side. Two of his closest aides, John McEntee and Hope Hicks refused the offer to join him in Florida at the end of his presidency. Others claimed to have lost their faith in him over the Capitol riot.
According to Reuters, one senior Trump official said at the time:
“He has lost us. He’s lost his own administration.”
“Everyone’s … defeated and honestly just want the next two weeks just to go by.”
But sympathy with struggling Trump aides has been limited.
One Twitter user wrote:
'I have no sympathy for his former staffers. You can not expect to lay down with a dog and not get up with fleas. You grew it, you chew it."
If any former aides do find employment in the private sector, their new roles won’t go unnoticed.
An advocacy group, the Campaign Against Corporate Complicity, is tracking which companies employ one-time White House staffers to further encourage consequences for their actions.