Earlier this week, the Washington Post published a column from a man who left the CIA soon after President Trump assumed office, and presumably quite a while longer since he’d donated $5,000 to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democrats.
Now, The Atlantic has published a piece by a Muslim woman who worked for the National Security Council but quit just eight days into the new administration.
Before we get too far along here … is everyone who quits their government gig during the transition from one administration to the next going to write an essay about it? Because this is already getting a little stale. By all means, any government employee — say, a Secret Service agent — who doesn’t think he or she can do his or her job under President Trump really ought to quit for everyone’s sake … and just post the personal thoughts to LinkedIn and move on.
After this last essay, of course. It’s fascinating and a must-read, we’ve heard.
"The diverse White House I had worked in became a monochromatic and male bastion." A fascinating and must-read essay https://t.co/0yYTabN4WS
— Kristen East (@kristenicoleast) February 23, 2017
At the risk of sounding (even more) insensitive to writer Rumana Ahmed’s plight, she notes that she was hired to work at the White House straight out of college, in 2011. That would make the White House gig her first “real” job, and she worked steadily for the same boss, so to speak, until 2017. We’d bet plenty of workers in the private sector have undergone similar management upheavals, perhaps at several employers, and in general, they always suck. At least that stint in the White House will always look good on a resume.
NBC News’ Katy Tur was among many media types who passed the essay around on social media.
I Was a Muslim in the Trump White House—and I Lasted Eight Days – The Atlantic https://t.co/tQz3rHGFM1
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) February 23, 2017
— Springtime (@Spring23J) February 23, 2017
— Hebrew Meier (@hebrewplorable) February 23, 2017
— CrustyConsrvatarian✟ (@onefreecitizen) February 23, 2017
A junior political appointee quit a political job when a politician she didn't like took over? Sounds unprecedented. https://t.co/cFgkIFDokZ
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) February 23, 2017
— NOT_Listening (@CreamsikleNW) February 24, 2017
— Paul Sacca (@Paul_Sacca) February 24, 2017
— Angie 🇺🇸 (@kachninja) February 23, 2017
@KatyTurNBC She was an Obama holdover and left for her own disagreement reasons…where is the story?
— Jenifer Stevens (@JeniferStevens) February 23, 2017
— D.W.Robinson (@_DWRobinson) February 24, 2017
— ResistanceisFewtile (@burlyg8r) February 23, 2017
@KatyTurNBC An Obama hire didn't stick around when we elected a new President from a different party. Ok then….
— Shane Styles (@shaner5000) February 23, 2017
@KatyTurNBC Seriously, with a change of administration, EVERY job is subject to change. If you don't get that, you shouldn't be work there
— Coach (@ruffnthesnapper) February 24, 2017
— Right Wing as Rain (@rightwingasrain) February 23, 2017
— ✪ realDeal ✪ (@NoMoreRomney) February 23, 2017
@KatyTurNBC She was serving Ben Rhodes and her own self interest. She wouldn't have lasted in any Republican administration.
— Swappin Yarns (@Kennywooder) February 23, 2017
@KatyTurNBC What a coincidence that this is 2nd story this week about a Ben Rhodes associate leaving the govt. Ho hum.
— Mme. PB (@MmePB) February 23, 2017
— M F K (wink wink) (@MFKapp) February 23, 2017