Is Trump Trying to Purge the Government of Disloyal Elements?

In his State of the Union speech this week Donald Trump asked Congress to give him the power to purge cabinet agencies. He said:

“Tonight I call on the Congress to empower every Cabinet secretary with the authority to reward good workers and to remove federal employees who undermine the public trust or fail the American people.”

In other words, Donald Trump is saying, “I would like Ryan Zinke over at Interior to be able to fire the government employees who are standing up for our public lands, I would like Scott Pruitt over at the EPA to be able to fire anybody who works for the Environmental Protection Agency who’s really working to protect the environment. We’ll replace them all with toadies provided to us by Monsanto and the big chemical companies – Koch Industries, ExxonMobil. They’ve got a lot of people that they’d be glad to stock the EPA with.”

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