Trump’s win cemented the national populist wave, with voters sending a clear message that they were through with the establishment.
No more career politicians. No more insiders. No more lobbyists.
So, when Trump started assigning just those to his transition team, he was met with backlash and criticism from advocates and antagonists alike.
Acknowledging the wide-ranging disappointment, Trump and his VP-elect did what any good leadership would do. As Allen B. West reported, via Business Insider:
Vice President-elect Mike Pence has ordered the removal of all lobbyists from President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, The Wall Street Journal reported. The action was among Pence’s first since formally taking over the team’s lead role. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey was abruptly dismissed from the post last week.
Critics had excoriated Trump for including lobbyists, Washington insiders and Republican Party veterans among his team, saying it contradicted the anti-establishment message that defined his campaign.
According to CNBC, the purge has only accelerated today. Among those removed include his transition leader for the Department of Justice, “Kevin O’Connor, former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers and a bevy of other well-connected Trump transition officials who suddenly find themselves on the outside looking in.”
Not only is this a respectable move, but it also shows Trump’s commitment to being responsive to the people and his ability to uphold campaign promises.
Source: Allen B. West