According to a report from Politico, national security officials scrambling to find new jobs as Donald Trump's administration comes to an ignoble end are finding that they are considered "tainted" by their association with the president and are receiving no offers.
While one Trump official claimed they have been searching for a landing spot for two years now, the latest report stated that the invasion of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump partisans has made their job searches even harder.
According to Olivia Troye, a former White House official who left months ago and has become a vociferous critic of the president, "I've had conversations with people who've worked on the national security teams, many who are career intelligence officers, who are concerned about what happens next. People who are hiring see everything that's happened and have to question your morals and ethics — especially in terms of what continues to happen today — on why you chose to work for that environment."
Illustrating the pushback current and former Trump officials are facing, one aide still looking for a job "recalled a conversation in which they were told that they were considered part of the 'Hitler Youth,'" adding, "That attitude is not helpful."
With Troye admitting one potential employer telling her association with the current administration is considered a "liability," Elizabeth Neumann, another former Homeland Security official told Politico, "While junior-level employees working on noncontroversial issues might not have problems finding new employment, anyone associated with controversial Trump policies, such as immigration, were blacklisted."
Particularly damning is any association with the Trump child separation policies.
"There is absolutely an effect of a number of organizations out there trying to blacklist anybody that worked on child separation," she claimed.
As for Trump administration officials who don't have a long history in their field, finding a new job will be a challenge -- particularly if they are known Trump supporters.
"Some of these people are really smart, good and hardworking, but they are also strong Trump supporters, which is off-putting to many in the think tank community of D.C.," one official explained. "I think it's going to be a rough few months for people.
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Two people were struck by a pickup Truck at a Pride parade in Wilton Manors, Florida.
"One of the victims has died, said Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, who was at the parade," Local 10 News reports. "The white pickup truck was lined up with other floats when it hit the gas and ran over two people standing by to take part in the parade on Wilton Drive, as Local 10 News reporter Christian De La Rosa witnessed."
The surviving victim is in critical condition at Broward Health Medical Center.
"The truck narrowly missed hitting U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was in a convertible participating in the parade," the newspaper reported.
Mayor Trantalis blasted the incident as a terrorist attack.
"This is a terrorist attack against the LGBT community," Trantalis said. "This is exactly what it is. Hardly an accident. It was deliberate, it was premeditated, and it was targeted against a specific person. Luckily they missed that person, but unfortunately, they hit two other people."
There is a suspect in custody.
Southern Baptist Convention President Ed Litton sought to distance churches from the delusional QAnon conspiracy theory during a Saturday appearance on MSNBC.
In May, Axios reported on QAnon infecting churches in America.
"That stunning window into the country's congregations followed a major poll, out last week: 15% of Americans, the poll found, agree with the QAnon contention that 'the government, media, and financial worlds in the U.S. are controlled by a group of Satan-worshipping pedophiles who run a global child sex trafficking operation.' The online poll was taken by Ipsos in March for the Public Religion Research Institute and Interfaith Youth Core," Axios reported. "The poll found that Hispanic Protestants (26%) and white evangelical Protestants (25%) were more likely to agree with the QAnon philosophies than other groups."
Litton was asked about QAnon in churches by MSNBC's Joshua Johnson during a Saturday night interview.
"Well, I honestly haven't seen it in my church, but I do hear of pastors in some cases -- I think it's a fringe movement," he said.
"But here's the reality. We are people of the truth and so conspiracy theories have never bode well, we don't accept those, we look for what the truth says," he said.
"We believe God is the source and the author of truth. So our first move is to say, 'Does this fit with God's word?' And armed insurrection does not fit with God's word," Litton said.
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The new "gold standard" poll of Iowa voters suggests it is time for Sen. Chuck Grassley, 87, to retire.
"Fewer than a third of Iowa's likely voters say they would vote to reelect Republican Chuck Grassley if the U.S. Senate elections were held today, a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll shows. Grassley has not yet said whether he will seek an eighth term in 2022. If he does, political analysts expect his near-universal name recognition and deep ties to the state would still make him the early favorite to win. But the new Iowa Poll appears to show an underlying feeling among Republicans and Democrats alike that he's served long enough," the Des Moines Register reports. "Nearly two-thirds of likely voters, or 64%, say they think it's time for someone new to hold Grassley's seat. Twenty-seven percent say they would reelect Grassley."
Grassley was first elected to the U.S. Senate in the 1980 election, as Ronald Reagan carried the state by 12% points.
Pollster J. Ann Selzer offered her analysis of the poll, which her firm conducted.
"Chuck Grassley has had a long and mostly good run, but most Iowa voters appear ready to move on, and his ratings reflect waning interest," Selzer explained.
"Well, it appears he is now vincible," she said. "Given that we're talking about Chuck Grassley and the ratings he used to garner, that is a 'wow.'"
Iowa Poll: Nearly two-thirds of likely voters, or 64%, say they think it’s time for someone new to hold Chuck Grass… https://t.co/66RO0HENHq— Brianne Pfannenstiel (@Brianne Pfannenstiel) 1624144188.0
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