Published On: Mon, Nov 14th, 2016

OPINION: Trump is hiring lobbyists and corporate insiders he once despised

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The Ring of Fire, a multi-media network for the latest Progressive news, commentary and analysis, reveals how Trump is structuring his team with the same corporate hacks he used to criticize.

Trump supporters say that he won because he’s an outsider that understood the struggles of the middle class. If that were the case, he wouldn’t be filling his administration with lobbyists and corporate insiders who don’t care about anyone but themselves. The Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.

In the final stretch of the campaign, Donald Trump promised us that he was going to go to Washington DC and drain the swamp. Whatever that means. He had told us that it actually means we’re going to get rid of the lobbyists, we’re going to get rid of the DC insiders, we’re going to remake everything. His voters ate it up and now we finally see the truth only few days after Trump’s election.

The people that he has advising him are lobbyists, they’re corporate insiders, they’re people from the industry, they’re people who’ve been in politics for 30, 40 years. He is exactly like everybody else. To be honest, he has to be because he doesn’t know what he’s doing. He has never held an elected position in his life and the citizenship made him president. Yeah he’s going to have to reach out to these kind of individuals in order to know what the hell is going on.

Meanwhile, it’s the American people that are going to suffer as a result of this if we end up with JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon as our Secretary of the Treasury. You know how screwed we are when that happens? If you’ve got a 401k, I advise you to go ahead and cash it out because this man is going to tank the economy. Again, this is predictable. This is what we would expect from any Republican candidate and even a lot of Democrats it wouldn’t be surprising had Hillary Clinton won if we were looking at the same people on her transition team.

Look, he’s got people from Altria, which Phillip Morris basically, cigarette manufacturers. They’re advising him. He’s got some of the biggest lobbying firms advising him on what to do. The next 4 years are going to be no different than anything we’ve ever seen and see Trump supporters are claiming that, “No, no, no it wasn’t racism that got Donald Trump elected. It was because he understands the concerns of middle class white America. He’s going to change things. He is going to drain the swamp.”

He’s already proved you’re wrong and it’s only a little more than 4 days past the actual election. That’s insane. It took him 4 days to prove everybody wrong and to be honest, I don’t feel bad for you. You put this clown in office and now, you’re going to have to live with the consequences. It’s not going to be anything like what you thought it was going to be. First of all, you’re not going to get that wall between here and Mexico. Not going to happen. You’re not going to get all those manufacturing jobs that he promised you were coming back. They don’t exist anymore.

All those coal miners, those jobs he promised were coming right back to America. That’s not going to happen because China isn’t buying our coal anymore. Nobody is. The global market for coal is almost dead. That’s why coal miners went out of business. It wasn’t Obama. Donald Trump can’t change global economics but you guys thought he could but hey, be careful what you wish for, right?

Tony Prettyman is a Video Editor at The Ring of Fire
Note: The opinions expresssed here are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect those of The Yucatan Times.

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