Ronny Jackson, the White House physician, had no business being nominated to the Department of Veterans Affairs, which is something that even Trump conceded today, in a backward Trumpian sort of way. “As far as experience is concerned, the veterans administration, which is approximately 13 million people, is so big, you could run the biggest hospital system in the world and it’s small time compared to the veterans administration. So nobody has the experience.”
It’s the sort of statement Trump might make to justify his own run for Presidency. “Qualifications? There’s 325 million in America, and more than half of them hate me! How do you qualify for that job? The only experience I have is taking my father’s money and running a real-estate empire through multiple bankruptcies. But fuck it! Why not vote for me? Because, you know, her emails!”
Anyway, as we mentioned earlier, Ronny Jackson’s nomination — already precarious to begin with because of his lack of experience — suffered a major setback yesterday when it came to light that there had been multiple complaints of a hostile working environment under Jackson, that he overprescribed medication, and that he had a drinking problem.
In light of the allegations, the Senate postponed his confirmation hearings pending an investigation, and no one in Congress is rushing to defend him, knowing that doing so may blow up in their faces when the details of that investigation surface. Meanwhile, Trump gets up at his joint press conference with Macron today, and he gives Jackson an out in a way that also suggests he is also throwing his guy under the bus.
“I would definitely stand behind him. I’d let it be his choice, but he’s a man who has just been an extraordinary person — his family, extraordinary success, great doctor, great everything, and he has to listen to the abuse? I wouldn’t, if I were him — actually, in many ways, I’d love to be him —- but the fact is I wouldn’t do it, I wouldn’t do it.”
“What does he need it for?. To be abused by a bunch of politicians that aren’t thinking nicely about our country? I really don’t think personally he should do it, but it’s totally his decision.”
“I really don’t think personally he should do it,” hint hint hint. Meanwhile, around the same time that Trump is telling Jackson to get out if he knows what’s good for him, Jackson is saying up on Capitol Hill, “I’m looking forward to rescheduling the hearing and answering everyone’s questions.”
In other words, this confirmation process may linger on for a few more weeks until the allegations come out in full, they blow up in the White House’s face, and Ronny Jackson’s reputation is left in tatters.
And the thing is: Jackson didn’t need to do this. He was a respected fella. He served 10 years as the White House Doctor. He had a decorated career in the military. He was going to retire after Obama, but Trump convinced him to stay. And now? As they say, everything that Donald Trump touches turns to sh*t.
Trump nominated Ronny Jackson to head the VA with no vetting, no consultation with Senators - he completely set up a good man to fail. Then today he tanks him at a press conference. Trump is only loyal to himself. Everyone else is collateral damage.— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) April 24, 2018
Anyway, I’m going to end on this, because it’s the funniest thing I’ve seen all day.
HAHAHAHAHA!!— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) April 24, 2018
Look at the tentative way he begs for her hand with his little pinky. She legit HATES himpic.twitter.com/8dKlDTVcG8