The 30 Most Disgraceful People of the Trump Administration, So Far
On Monday we will be three full years into the Donald Trump presidency, a period marked by relentless corruption of our democracy to benefit wealthy special interests, as well as to soothe Trump’s own vanity and vindictiveness. Until late 2018, Republic Report published a weekly “Trump Terrible 10,” counting down the ten most disgraceful people in Trump World. Now, post impeachment, post threats to four embassies, post 409ks, we’re back to count down the 30 worst people over this entire train wreck of an administration, at least so far.
We have included, in addition to administration officials, the top congressional enablers. For now we’ll mostly stay away from all the awful outside allies and toadies, from Sean Hannity to Kanye West, Jerry Falwell Jr. to James O’Keefe, Bob Murray to Vladimir Putin to Diamond and Silk. We’ll focus on the people Americans are actually paying to destroy the country and the planet.
30. Tom Price, former Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Ace stock trader who tried to kill Obamacare before being forced to resign over private jet abuse.
29. Kirstjen Nielsen, former Secretary of Homeland Security.
Separated children from parents, put people in cages, and told lies in her vain attempt to suck up to Trump and stay in power.
28. John Kelly, former White House Chief of Staff.
Passive-aggressive manager who constantly tried to shift blame away from himself. Faced with the aggrieved widow of La David Johnson, a U.S. Army sergeant slain in Africa, Kelly revealed himself to be an old-time Boston bigot.
27. Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury.
He and the wife obviously got good advice on tamping down their Mr. and Mrs. Moneybags image, but he stood by when Trump praised the Charlottesville White Supremacists, hides Trump’s tax returns, and endlessly pushes policies that favor big corporations and banks over working people.
[UPDATE 01-25-20: Mocked Greta Thunberg as ignorant, and then this.]
26, 25, and 24. Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz, and Doug Collins, Members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
All tell lies, and yell really loud, in blindly defending Trump’s corruption.
23. Susan Collins, U.S. Senator.
Pulls away the football from America every time, and delivers it to her President.
22. Stephanie Grisham, White House Press Secretary.
No press briefings, just Fox News appearances and nasty attacks on anyone who would question the man who gave her a job for which she’s clearly unqualified.
21. Devin Nunes, Ranking Member, House Intelligence Committee.
Lies and runs corrupt secret missions for Trump; sues people who make fun of him.
20. Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce.
Covers up effort to abuse the Census to aid the GOP, engages in troubling stock trading, falls asleep in meetings.
19. Jared Kushner, White House Senior Adviser.
Spent the campaign and transition engaging in shady dealings with Russians. Ethics disclosure forms were an ethics disaster. In office, has way too many jobs; does them poorly. Cozies up to MBS.
18. Ivanka Trump, White House Senior Adviser.
Reportedly called herself “the First Daughter”; all her grotesqueries, including taking Daddy’s chair at a global meeting, flow from that.
17. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, former White House Press Secretary.
Turned the White House press briefing into a torrent of unpleasantness and falsehoods.
16. Kellyanne Conway, White House Senior Counselor.
Embodies the transformation of the executive branch and Republican Party into a personality cult, with her sycophantic praise of the Orange Leader.
15. Mick Mulvaney, Acting White House Chief of Staff.
Lets Trump be Trump. You don’t like that someone as morally empty as Mulvaney occupies that chair? Get over it.
[UPDATE 01-16-20: This was a serious omission from yesterday’s list:
14.5. Michael Flynn, former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.
Disgraceful during the campaign (“LOCK HER UP”); disgraceful during the transition, when he had improper discussions with the Russians; disgraceful during his three weeks as national security adviser, when he lied to the FBI about those discussions; disgraceful after pleading guilty, as he’s dragged out the case, and, most recently, sought to withdraw his plea, to avoid accountability.]
14. Steve Bannon, former White House Senior Counselor.
Bannon drove Trump’s ugly “American Carnage” inaugural address and set up his vile White Nationalist agenda.
13. Stephen Miller, White House Senior Adviser.
This dead-eyed, clearly damaged youngish man drives Trump’s reprehensible immigration policies and writes his repugnant speeches.
12. Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education.
DeVos has undermined our public schools and trashed civil rights. She suggests that college students are scam artists, while aiding and abetting the actual scam artists who run predatory for-profit colleges.
11 and 10. David Bernhardt, Secretary of the Interior, and Andrew Wheeler, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency.
Each man succeeded a blatant grifter (see 9 and 8 below), but each is an even more pernicious Washington creature: the skilled, ruthless revolving door careerist, who rises from a congressional errand boy into a cabinet official relentlessly serving the interests of destructive industries.
9 and 8. Ryan Zinke, former Secretary of the Interior, and Scott Pruitt, former Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency.
Each man thought he was a prince, turning his agency into a vanity project, grabbing all possible perqs, banishing dissenters, sucking up to Trump, and planning to succeed him in the Oval Office, all the while trashing the environment and the global climate.
7. Rudy Giuliani, outside counsel to the President.
Are you endangering national security and democracy with your efforts to advance Trump’s political goals by corrupting officials overseas, while side-hustling consulting work in the same countries? No! Seriously, are you? Of course I am!
6. Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States.
Sanctimonious moralist who lies for a living, defending a crooked boss.
5. Lindsay Graham, chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee.
Graham needed a big cool friend after John McCain died, so he became a snarling Trump sycophant — brave Kavanaugh accusers, the Constitution, and the truth be damned.
4. Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State.
He’s supposed to be America’s chief diplomat, but, to advance his dreams of being the next #MAGA president, Pompeo has pursued Trump’s corrupt political goals, while acting in public as his smirking, nasty, deceitful hatchet man. As a side job, he’s undermining U.S. security by pursuing an apocalyptic vision of war against Islam.
3. William Barr, Attorney General.
An angry bag of sharp right-wing grievances in the soft body of a rich DC corporate lawyer, Barr has corrupted the integrity and indeed the purpose of the Justice Department, turning it into a blunt instrument for Trump’s personal coverups and vendettas.
2. Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader.
McConnell ruthlessly sweeps all Trump’s corruption, crimes, and ugliness under the rug in order to deliver what donors to his pay-to-play party want most: tax cuts for the rich, right-wing judges, and relentless deregulation of fossil fuel, banking, and other industries.
1. Donald Trump, President of the United States.
He got the US government to announce that the G-7 summit would be held at a starved-for-business, sweltering Florida resort he owns. That’s just one of 1000 disgusting things he’s said and done.
Shameless liar and con man, ugly racist and misogynist, despicable attacker of the free press and whistleblowers, admirer of autocrats, erratic and ignorant incompetent, pathetic narcissist, enabler of global climate disaster, and corrupt, kleptocratic abuser of the Constitution, Trump is the most vile and disgraceful person in Trump World.
Let’s hope his reign of odiousness ends within the next twelve months.
UPDATE 01-19-20 8:00 am:
50 dishonorable mention picks, some suggested by readers: Sebastian Gorka, Matt Whitaker, Sean Spicer, Nikki Haley, Gina Haspel, William Happer, Larry Kudlow, Doug Domenech, Mina Chang, Monica Crowley, Alex Acosta, Ben Carson, Elaine Chao, Rick Perry, Ronny Jackson, Rob Porter, Mick Zais, Anthony Scaramucci, Jahan Wilcox, Samantha Dravis, Mark Esper, Mark Meadows, Gary Cohn, Kelly Riddell Sadler, Johnny DeStefano, Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosenstein, Bill Shine, Ajit Pai, John Bolton, Mercedes Schlapp, Duncan Hunter, Chris Collins, Elliot Broidy, Ronna McDaniel, Lara Trump, Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Kimberly Guilfoyle, Ty Cobb, John Dowd, Pat Cipollone, Jay Sekulow, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, Corey Lewandowski, John Ratcliffe, Orrin Hatch, Paul Ryan.
UPDATE 01-20-20 8:58 pm:
UPDATE 01-28-20 12:45 pm:
Martha McSally, Ted Cruz, Kelly Loeffler, Joni Ernst.
UPDATE 01-31-20 10:00 am:
Lamar Alexander, Rick Scott.