Walter Shapiro over at Roll Call writes a piece about Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen who has the subject of whispering campaign about being shown the door by her boss Donald Trump….Trump actually doesn’t do the firing….Nielsen’s former boss , Trump Chief of Staff, John Kelly does…Oh, and Kelly is supposedly on the same list to let go….He’s been the list for a long time actually, the word is….
Shapiro paints a picture of career climbing ex-Bush person who bent herself to whatever new boss she had, sacrificing any self positions or views….She probably will be remembered as the person who carried out Donald Trump’s and his trusty assistant Stephen Miller’s failed attempts to stop people from coming across the American border, or hunting down those who have been in this country for years and sending back to places they simply don’t belong in anymore…
For her efforts and loyalty ?
She gets labeled as a hard ass, who helped a knucklehead President do things that in the end?
Cost taxpayer money and did NOT stop people from coming here….
And subject people in 2018?
To subhuman captivity …..
When she was nominated to succeed Kelly as the head of Homeland Security, Nielsen was attacked by a far-right chorus for being, in the words of Ann Coulter, an “open-borders zealot.” During her 11 months on the job, Nielsen has worked tirelessly to prove these ultra-conservative critics wrong.
No Trump statement or policy ever triggered an audible public dissent from Nielsen. She insisted to the Senate Judiciary Committee in January that the president had never referred to African nations as “shithole countries.” During the same hearing, she even refused to confirm that Trump’s favorite source country for new immigrants, Norway, had an overwhelmingly white population.
Just two years after she signed her name to the World Economic Forum paper on the world refugee crisis, Nielsen worked overtime to worsen the plight of the desperate.
In January, she rescinded the right of 200,000 Salvadorians to reside legally in this country. And in June, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his “zero tolerance” policy at the border, Nielsen blithely denied that the Trump administration was handling family separations in a different manner than prior administrations.
Nielsen is blessed with the Washington gift of bureaucratic blandness — the ability to smother any topic under a pillow of boring verbiage….
But Nielsen’s loyalty, harsh immigration policies and copycat rhetoric were apparently not enough for Trump in his hunt for scapegoats. So with Nielsen about to follow Jeff Sessions off the plank of the Trump pirate ship, the highest-ranking woman in the administration might be wishing today that she had stuck to something safe like cybersecurity…..