Trump has done some really strange things, but none as strange as how he gets people to quit. He likes to berate people and push them out so that they leave on their own accord. We’re seeing it right now as he goes after Jeff Sessions, but apparently, it’s one of his trademark moves.
Objectively, some of his insults can be absurdly hilarious; like how he calls Jeff Sessions “Mr. Magoo.” The simple fact is, Trump hates to do the thing he’s known for: Firing people. Let’s take a look at who he has gotten to quit or is actively pushing out by bullying them.
1. Jeff Sessions
For those who don’t know who Mr. Magoo is, he was a 20th-century elderly cartoon character with poor vision who bumbled around his environment for some comedic hijinks. To be honest, it’s not that bad of a comparison and is pretty funny. On top of that, sessions actually kind of looks like Mr. Magoo.
When it stops becoming funny is the purpose behind Trump’s taunts. He wants Sessions to resign so that he doesn’t have to fire him. Trump would likely be crucified by his party if he fired Sessions. That is to say, if he had the courage to fire anyone.
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2. Hope Hicks
Hope Hicks was one of Trump’s longest and most trusted advisors. After her hearing with the Senate Intelligence Committee, where she admitted to lying for Trump, the president went into a full tantrum and began berating Hope Hicks. He allegedly kept calling her stupid. Trump denies the encounter, but multiple sources have said it happened. If you haven’t heard, Hope Hicks has resigned.
Next: Trump still verbally abuses this man and he’s long gone.
3. Steve Bannon
Steve Bannon is the most reviled former member of Trump’s inner circle. His departure came at a tumultuous time during the president’s first year in office. Reportedly, the departure was mutual for both parties. But it has been made extremely clear that he was pushed out by Trump’s constant criticism of Bannon.
Trump nicknamed Bannon “Sloppy Steve” and said he cried and begged for his job when he was leaving the White House. Trump also claimed that Bannon has been “dumped like a dog by everyone.” It’s amazing the amount of maturity this president has.
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4. Louise Sunshine
Sunshine worked for Donald Trump from 1973 until 1985. She told the Washington Post that Trump would keep a “fat picture” of her in his desk drawer. Whenever he was displeased with her, he would pull the picture out in an effort to shame her. This is a particularly vile form of emotional abuse because it can impart serious psychological issues later in life.
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5. Rex Tillerson
Tensions in the White House are only growing as more people start to leave. And one of the biggest departures of 2018 was Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Trump was a constant headache for Tillerson, eager to undercut his job. Trump once tweeted while Tillerson was seeking a diplomatic solution for the North Korean situation, that Tillerson was “wasting his time.” Tillerson has also allegedly called Trump a moron, so it’s safe to say that there were serious issues between the two.
Next: This Cabinet member is reportedly wanting to go back to into service with the military.
6. H.R. McMaster
McMaster bid farewell to the White House not long after Tillerson. Behind the scenes, Trump never fully engaged with McMaster because McMaster likes to give him too many details in his briefings. He was also honest about the Russia investigation and their involvement with meddling in the 2016 election. McMaster was chastised on Twitter by the president shortly afterward for not clarifying that he had any involvement with Russia.
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7. John Kelly
The man put in place to be the moderating force in the oval office, John Kelly, is reportedly “chafed at Trump’s treatment” of him. the biggest issue that has come up between the two is the issue of security clearances. Kelly made the clearances more stringent after Rob Porter’s spousal abuse came to light and that jeopardized Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner from getting that top-level clearance.
Trump doesn’t like to fire people
It’s true! Despite the persona that Trump has created as the all-powerful arbiter of employment on his show The Apprentice, he actually hates firing people. Trump loves to make people know that they are no longer welcome and waits for them to leave on their own.
Barbara Res, a former employee of Donald Trump, told Politico that she has “never heard him say the words ‘You’re fired’ to anyone. He really doesn’t fire people. He makes it known he doesn’t want you there, and you move on.”
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