MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Monday diverged from her typical path detailing the current suspected crimes of the Trump administration to bring up a long-forgotten one from his past.
In late October 2016, an NBC reporter rushed from New York's La Guardia airport to the network's studios to report about being on a plane carrying then-vice presidential candidate Mike Pence and his press pool that nearly skidded onto a nearby highway. According to that reporter, Vaughn Hillyard, that sort of incident happened all the time. A subsequent investigation into the incident came to the conclusion that the near-miss landing was the result of pilot error.
A month prior, Maddow revealed, The Guardian reported that the charter company that hired the pilot in the rough October La Guardia landing had previously employed the leader of a Floridian pro-Trump law enforcement group to fly Pence. That man, the Guardian reported, was at the time "facing violent felony charges" that didn't come up when they vetted him to fly the then-governor of Indiana.
Despite hiring one man accused on multiple counts of assault and another who repeatedly executed terrifying landings, Axios reported on Sunday that Trump is pushing to have the contractor in charge of his campaign fleet nominated to lead the Federal Aviation Administration.
This is far from the first time nepotism appeared to play a role in Trump's hiring practices, Maddow noted.
"Donald Trump's golf caddy is the White House director of social media now," the hosted said, referencing aide Dan Scavino. She listed off several others as well: Trump's "long time bodyguard" Keith Schiller who was, until September, head of Oval Office operations; Eric Trump's wedding planner Lynne Patton, who was tapped to lead a HUD office in the Southeast; and a former Trump Tower staffer's husband, who got a job with the EPA.
Along with former "Apprentice" contestant Omarosa Manigault-Newman, whose exit from the White House late last year led to bombastic revelations on "Celebrity Big Brother," Maddow noted that a friend of Melania Trump's got a $26 paycheck for event planning at the president's inauguration — despite a nearly identical sum being paid to the firm that traditionally plans inaugurals.
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