Trump loyalists within the Trump Administration are beginning to feel underrepresented according to reports.
President Trump’s allies are increasingly concerned that they are underrepresented in his own White House, to the detriment of both the president and his party as the midterm elections approach.
“We’ve been purged,” said a former White House official. “That’s the bottom line. And the people who have stayed behind are not at all loyal to our president.”
All this has come under greater scrutiny after three specific events: the publication of Bob Woodward’s new book about the Trump administration, implicitly anti-Trump remarks at the funeral of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and the New York Times op-ed alleging “the Resistance” has representatives close to the White House, at the highest levels of the executive branch. But it has implications going forward as Republicans battle to maintain control of Congress.
“I consider this a coup,” said former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo. “What kind of coup? I don’t know. But it’s a kind of coup. It’s an administrative coup at the very least.”
Trump loyalists were split on reactions to the McCain funeral. Some wanted to see the president push back, even if just on Twitter, while others were relieved that he didn’t. There were staffers who had wanted Trump to be more magnanimous following the longtime Arizona senator’s death, acknowledging his heroism during the Vietnam war.
This has been a theme of the Trump White House. The constant power struggle between the establishment Republican staffers and the ones from Trump’s campaign existed since day one.