Several Trump administration officials are increasingly feeling bitter about the nasty treatment they’re receiving from their fellow Americans when they venture out in public.
In a lengthy Washington Post story about Trump officials getting publicly shamed by private citizens, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway reveals that a man recently told her she should be “ashamed” of herself while she was in a New Jersey grocery store.
Conway says that she responded to the insult with a stiff upper lip, however.
“What am I gonna do?” she tells the Post. “Fall apart in the canned vegetable aisle?”
Similarly, Trump aide Stephen Miller recently found himself getting cursed out by bartender at a sushi bar — and in response, the Post reports, Miller threw away the $80 worth of takeout sushi he had just bought from the restaurant.
Former Trump White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci tells the Post that this sort of treatment weighs on Trump White House officials, even though they’re loath to admit it publicly.
“I would say it’s burning people out,” he says. “I just think there’s so much meanness, it’s causing some level of, ‘What do I need this for?’ And I think it’s a recruiting speed bump for the administration. To be part of it, you’ve got to deal with the incoming of some of this viciousness.”