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The Hammer & Nail

Chip Franklin

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Trump is rapidly purging his administration of key State and Justice department employees. Not born from a desire to improve the skill and overall efficiency of the departments. These are not plum appointments based on party loyalty either. No, Trump is systematically removing career officials and replacing them with loyalists. People who possess one basic skill; they’ll do anything Trump asks.

The head of the Presidential Personnel office is 29 yr old John McEntee. You may never have heard of him or the PPO, but you should. The PPO posesses the ability to go deep into the personal lives of all Executive Branch employees and determine their level of loyalty.

McEntee’s qualifications sound like a bad TV drama. He was Trump’s body boy, following around the president like a Golden Retriever before landing the job as Trump’s hatchet man. Recently, McEntee held a meeting in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building where he asked officials to find Trump appointees who may be anti-Trump. He then said PPO was going to take a look at all appointees and re-vet them to see if they’ve been disloyal in any way.

Trump’s not the first to do this type of Nixonian vetting; it’s just never been this sweeping and transparent. Trump doesn’t want different ideas. He wants blind loyalty and will threaten anyone who interferes with his agenda; forging the government into the shape of a hammer.

And guess who’s the nail?

Franklin is a 25 year veteran of talk radio, beginning his career in Washington DC during Clinton’s first term. He currently hosts the afternoon show at KGO radio, San Francisco. Chip is also an award-winning filmmaker, comedian, and scribe, garnering seven Edward R Murrow awards, including the National Murrow award for writing. He’s also won The New York Festival honors for his unconventional coverage of The Democratic and Republican conventions, as well as more than 30 AP awards for broadcasting. Chip has made numerous appearances on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and CNN.

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