For the first time since he came on the national political scene, Trump has made a decision which may be quite wise. Calling retired General John Kelly to be Chief of Staff in the White House gives Trump the best hope he has had for becoming more nearly competent.
All others who surround Trump keep echoing what Lewandowski said a year ago, “We have to let Trump be Trump.” With friends like that, who needs enemies? The worst thing that can happen to Trump and to America is for people to continually create a space for Trump to continue being thoughtless, irresponsible, and incompetent.
The hiring of Scaramucci was the latest evidence that Trump has no idea how to hire competent people, since he has always looked for people easily manipulated into a sick kind of personal loyalty. The firing of Scaramucci — who had been nothing more than a tool used by Trump to get rid of Spicer and Priebus — is a step toward sanity. The problem, of course, is that the firing was the work of Kelly and may not signify any real change in Trump.
The only hope is that, unlike the sycophants with whom Trump likes to surround himself, Kelly will actually hold Trump accountable for acting like a grownup. I hope he succeeds before Trump does any more damage to America and to democracy.