So, when candidate _____, and now President _____, AKA #AlternativePresident or #HairFuror, decided to bash the federal government—calling it awash in “waste fraud and abuse”—he thought he’d be celebrated.
Not so much.
In response to _____’s hiring freeze for federal agencies and a communications blackout—yes, the President has ordered people not to speak—some social media accounts have tweeted out messages tweaking his agenda and there are all kinds of leaks in the media about The Age of _____.
Some federal agencies are quite subversive, taunting _____ at every turn; for example, a few hours after _____ announced plans to restrict refugees coming into the country the Defense Department used Twitter to tell the story of an Iraqi refugee who became a U.S. Marine:
“From refugee to #Marine. @USMC Cpl Ali J. Mohammed takes the fight to the doorstep of those who cast his family out.”
Oops. That doesn’t fit in with _____’s anti-everyone-who-isn’t-white mantra.
And now former Cabinet officials—who no doubt know better than #HairFuror—say _____ would be wise not to underestimate the power of the civil service, which not only has the ability to slow the progress of new regulations but also the inside knowledge to sound alarms when needed.
And good for them, I say; speak up, Tweet up.
Only some 4,000 out of more than 2 million federal government jobs can be filled by presidential appointment, which means career employees outnumber the advisers, agency directors, special assistants, ambassadors and Cabinet officials _____ might appoint, and selected by Trump and Christine Todd Whitman, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush, ahs a warning for the new president:
“_____’s statements have poisoned the well to a degree. If the career staff doesn’t believe you, if they don’t trust you, then things can get very cumbersome.”
And even with White House press-tool-and-liar, Sean Spicer, calling these actions by some government agencies an “inappropriate” use of social media, it’s clear the White House and #HairFuror won’t be able to stop the flow of resistance and information.
Again ... keep it up, speak it up, Tweet it up.
We’re listening and we’re resisting, too.