Poll: Who Should Trump Fire?

 

White House watchers have spent a lot of time criticizing President Trump’s top staffing choices. Some want former GOP Chairman Reince Priebus booted off the team for being a swamp-enabling RINO squish. Others think former Breitbart boss Steve Bannon will tie the administration to kooky alt-right nationalism. And some think Ivanka’s hubby Jared Kushner is just a Wall Street globalist.

The President is already sick of each team leaking and counterleaking, and Beltway types are wondering when he will decide that enough is enough. What do you think? If Trump had to say “you’re fired” to one of these three, who do you want to be the first to get the boot?

 

Who Should Trump Fire?

Steve Bannon

Jared Kushner

Reince Priebus

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This is a thoroughly unscientific poll of Ricochet members and visitors. Please, no wagering.

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  1. Profile photo of Stina Member

    I don’t believe they are the source of the leaks…

    So I would start with the aides.

    • #1
    • April 18, 2017 at 3:58 pm
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  2. Profile photo of Jamie Lockett Reagan

    Since he’s allegedly a Republican president I would start with he New York Democrat.

    • #2
    • April 18, 2017 at 4:09 pm
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    Stina (View Comment):
    I don’t believe they are the source of the leaks…

    So I would start with the aides.

    I agree. Off with their heads on those doing the leaking.

    • #3
    • April 18, 2017 at 4:13 pm
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  4. Profile photo of Kyle Kirker Coolidge

    I don’t understand what Bannon adds to the White House.

    • #4
    • April 18, 2017 at 4:18 pm
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    Jules PA (View Comment):

    Stina (View Comment):
    I don’t believe they are the source of the leaks…

    So I would start with the aides.

    I agree. Off with their heads on those doing the leaking.

    Agreed.

    And dismissing Steve Bannon would be a grave error.

    • #5
    • April 18, 2017 at 4:27 pm
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  6. Profile photo of Z in MT Member

    If we care about conservative governance Kushner and Ivanka have to go.

    • #6
    • April 18, 2017 at 4:29 pm
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  7. Profile photo of Hammer, The Member

    He’s in charge of the government, right? Let’s put it the other way around. Assume the entire thing has to go. Everyone is fired. He gets to pick 25% to retain.

    Who should he retain?

    [edit: yes, I know I didn’t play the game at all]

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    • April 18, 2017 at 4:53 pm
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    Kyle Kirker (View Comment):
    I don’t understand what Bannon adds to the White House.

    This.

    All three are flawed, but I can at least see what Kushner and Priebus bring to the table. Bannon is a community organizer who has as much business being in the White House as the last one.

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    • April 18, 2017 at 4:55 pm
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  9. Profile photo of Jules PA Member

    Don’t Ivanka, Kushner, Priebus and Bannon all have distinct points of view?

    Trump said he is everyone’s president.

    Why is it not possible, with all the other advisor input, that Trump can’t listen, sift and glean value, if only information, from all of them.

    The problem is leaking, not diverse ideas at the table. Leaking is a betrayal of the process.

    I believe Trump will, and should, fire the leaker(s).

    • #9
    • April 18, 2017 at 5:31 pm
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  10. Profile photo of Cato Rand Member

    If I have to choose between the nationalist/populist, the RINO squish and the globalist, I’ll keep the squish and the globalist and boot the nationalist/populist.

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    • April 18, 2017 at 5:49 pm
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  11. Profile photo of Hoyacon Member

    In order:

    1. Spicer

    2. Spicer

    3. Spicer

    • #11
    • April 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm
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  12. Profile photo of ctlaw Coolidge

    Isn’t Melania past her sell-by date?

    • #12
    • April 18, 2017 at 6:16 pm
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  13. Profile photo of JuliaBlaschke Coolidge

    Himself.

    • #13
    • April 18, 2017 at 6:21 pm
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    Stina (View Comment):
    I don’t believe they are the source of the leaks…

    So I would start with the aides.

    It seems strange to me for the president to fire one of his adviser’s aides. Frankly if they are all such leakers, I think it means that their bosses don’t have a problem with it. In fact I bet half the unnamed sources are all various people from the administration, rather than “deep state” entrenched life bureaucrats.

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    • April 18, 2017 at 6:48 pm
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    Hoyacon (View Comment):
    In order:

    1. Spicer

    2. Spicer

    3. Spicer

    Really? He kind of seams like the most lovable feature of the administration at this point. Kind of like a mascot. All full of spunk and nonsense, angry at everyone unable to string a coherent set of thoughts together. Evasive and uninformative. And so loyal to the brand that he would put a North Korean announcer to shame.

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    • April 18, 2017 at 6:54 pm
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    Z in MT (View Comment):
    If we care about conservative governance Kushner and Ivanka have to go.

    Or honest government.

    Or any sense of propriety.

    Or conflicts of interest.

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    • April 18, 2017 at 7:09 pm
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    Valiuth (View Comment):

    Hoyacon (View Comment):
    In order:

    1. Spicer

    2. Spicer

    3. Spicer

    Really? He kind of seams like the most lovable feature of the administration at this point. Kind of like a mascot. All full of spunk and nonsense, angry at everyone unable to string a coherent set of thoughts together. Evasive and uninformative. And so loyal to the brand that he would put a North Korean announcer to shame.

    Spicer takes a daily beating for the team.

    It is no matter the content of his statements, planned or off the cuff, Spicer is the whipping boy.

    Who else is going to do that?

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    • April 18, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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  18. Profile photo of Belt Member

    How about he fires himself?

    No, seriously – He waits until a major positive event comes through, and then resigns, claiming that he’s accomplished what he came to do, that’s he’s lit the fire, blazed the trail, drained the swamp, Made America Great Again. He hands it off to Pence, then goes out into the media with a new reality TV show, where he can explain how awesome he was. It’s all upside for him.

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    • April 18, 2017 at 7:33 pm
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    Belt (View Comment):
    It’s all upside for him.

    And us.

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    • April 18, 2017 at 8:04 pm
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    Mike LaRoche (View Comment):

    Jules PA (View Comment):

    Stina (View Comment):
    I don’t believe they are the source of the leaks…

    So I would start with the aides.

    I agree. Off with their heads on those doing the leaking.

    Agreed.

    And dismissing Steve Bannon would be a grave error.

    And yet most people on this site seem to think Bannon is the problem.

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    • April 18, 2017 at 8:39 pm
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  21. Profile photo of James Gawron Thatcher

    Jon,

    It is so obvious. Fire the NY Times. They’ve made up all of these palace intrigue stories because they can’t explain why the deplorables don’t listen to them. How could Brett Stephens have gone to work for those idiots? He’ll regret it.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • April 18, 2017 at 8:39 pm
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    Cato Rand (View Comment):
    If I have to choose between the nationalist/populist, the RINO squish and the globalist, I’ll keep the squish and the globalist and boot the nationalist/populist.

    Of course you would.

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    • April 19, 2017 at 1:29 am
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    Douglas (View Comment):

    Mike LaRoche (View Comment):

    Jules PA (View Comment):

    Stina (View Comment):
    I don’t believe they are the source of the leaks…

    So I would start with the aides.

    I agree. Off with their heads on those doing the leaking.

    Agreed.

    And dismissing Steve Bannon would be a grave error.

    And yet most people on this site seem to think Bannon is the problem.

    Its because they believe the boogey man rhetoric that Conservatives spread about Bannon.

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    • April 19, 2017 at 1:31 am
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  24. Profile photo of I Walton Member

    He should fire the top 10 layers of all the bureaucracies and send his daughter and son in law back to their businesses. Then scour around for some old Reagan aides whose job is to figure out who in the bureaucracies are worth promoting. Keep Bannon, he’s the key to Trump’s success and Trump’s failures so far are because he’s letting the old hands work with the Congress. Congress can’t lead, can’t produce anything but log rolled interests. The president has to take charge of domestic policy, meaning taxes and health and regulatory reform and that needs an ass kicker like Bannon who doesn’t know any better than to just put forth simple ideas and charge ahead.

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    • April 19, 2017 at 3:58 am
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    outlaws6688 (View Comment):

    Cato Rand (View Comment):
    If I have to choose between the nationalist/populist, the RINO squish and the globalist, I’ll keep the squish and the globalist and boot the nationalist/populist.

    Of course you would.

    Well I’m not actually a fan of squishdom, but I’m used to it. “Globalist” as far as I can tell just means free marketer, so I’m opposed to whatever the opposite of “globalist” is — oh wait, come to think of it, its opposite is populist/nationalist, right?

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    • April 19, 2017 at 4:22 am
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  26. Profile photo of Phil Turmel Thatcher

    Hmmm. I think all three should stay. I would like to see him fire his daughter.

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    • April 19, 2017 at 5:11 am
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    Douglas (View Comment):
    And yet most people on this site seem to think Bannon is the problem.

    I do not think this is true. Most people on this site know better than to get involved in this post.

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    • April 19, 2017 at 6:02 am
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    Douglas (View Comment):

    Mike LaRoche (View Comment):

    Jules PA (View Comment):

    Stina (View Comment):
    I don’t believe they are the source of the leaks…

    So I would start with the aides.

    I agree. Off with their heads on those doing the leaking.

    Agreed.

    And dismissing Steve Bannon would be a grave error.

    And yet most people on this site seem to think Bannon is the problem.

    Excuse me for being obtuse. But exactly what is the problem? And then, how would firing any of these people solve it?

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    • April 19, 2017 at 6:16 am
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  29. Profile photo of Wineguy13 Thatcher

    Fire everyone that fails to grasp objective pronouns…

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    • April 19, 2017 at 6:33 am
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  30. Profile photo of Sweezle Member

    “None of the above” is my vote.

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    • April 19, 2017 at 12:13 pm
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