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Paul A Duginski
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Paul Duginski is a political cartoonist and veteran newspaper staff artist. He enjoys reading history, literature and going bodyboarding whenever he has time.
 

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Firer in Chief

May 12, 2017 3:35 am
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Before he ran for president, Trump was famous for saying, “you’re fired,” on a television game show. Trump was the host of that show, “The Apprentice,” for its first fourteen seasons.

Now, with the Russia scandal escalating, Trump is falling back on what he knows. He keeps firing people to stave off the scandal.

This week, Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, plainly in an effort to fend off the burgeoning scandal. During the campaign, of course, Trump praised Comey, who many feel provided an assist in defeating Hillary Clinton.

Before that, Trump fired Acting Atty. Gen. Sally Yates, who had warned that National Security Advisor Michael Flynn had been compromised by the Russians.

Word about Flynn leaked, so Trump had to fire Flynn. Similarly, Trump fired Carter Page and Paul Manafort when they became liabilities because of the Russia scandal.

In addition, Trump fired U.S. Atty. Preet Bharara after promising that Bharara could stay in his job. But Bharara was getting too close to busting some Trump business associates. Bharara was reportedly investigating Tom Price, now Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Trump has fired a few other lower-profile people who may or may not have had anything to do with the Russia scandal.

Trump’s firing of Comey has been called “Nixonian,” and John Dean has said that Trump’s activities seem like a cover-up.

With First Lady Melania Trump and their son, Barron, in New York, Trump has the White House to himself at night, as Time reports. I envisioned Trump encountering the ghost of Richard Nixon in the halls and wondered what Trump would do.

Then it occurred to me that he’d probably tell Nixon, “you’re fired.”

 
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