Former Trump administration officials continue struggling to find employment after four tumultuous years of former President Donald Trump in the White House, The Washington Post reports.
Now that Trump’s term is over, “thousands of former administration staffers find themselves in a familiar situation as old as Washington itself: trying to leverage their federal experience into further employment.”
It has been tricky to calibrate. In normal times, people like former administration officials could move effortlessly from the White House to the golden arches of McDonalds, or be delivered directly to a prime job as the head of communications for Amazon. Lower-tier staffers could tell potential employers that their time in government afforded them a deep understanding of legislative “process” and could be handed six-figure lobbying jobs.
But after four years of watching the Trump administration appease white supremacists, demonize and tear-gas Black Lives Matter protesters, ban travelers from certain Muslim-majority countries, separate children from their families at the Mexico border and inspire an insurrection at the Capitol, a lot of companies have developed something of a moral core (or, more likely, a fear of backlash).
And so the nameless staffers looking for jobs in Washington are de-emphasizing their time with Trump on their résumés if they want to work in corporate America, starting their own groups, or playing up their Trumpiness for a job on the Hill, where the ex-president is practically a religious idol in the Republican caucus.
Republican Matt Schlapp told The Post that trying to find work post-Trump is even more difficult than it was after former President George W. Bush’s second term.
Schlapp said after Bush, “It was like a jobs desert. But even that was nothing compared to what Trump/Pence people are finding themselves in today.”
“If I had a dollar for every time someone in Washington said to me, hey, I’m really looking to hire someone for X job, but they can’t have worked for the Trump administration, I’d have a great sum of money,” said Schlapp, whose wife, Mercedes, worked in Trump’s press office. (The Schlapps, who offended their Alexandria, Va., neighbors by hoisting a Trump flag atop a crane in front of their $3.5 million house, are doing just fine.)
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Armstrong Williams, a D.C. Trump supporter and confidante of Carson. “I helped a very high-ranking Trump official secure a position, but after January 6th it was rescinded. I’ve seen it happen to many, many people.”
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