Two days before President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that Reince Priebus was out as White House chief of staff, The New Yorker published a snarky cartoon about the administration’s staffing issues.
After a turbulent week that included newly appointed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci accusing Priebus of leaking his personal financial information, as well as the abrupt resignation of White House press secretary Sean Spicer, there’s been a spotlight on the apparent conveyor belt of White House employment.
That means that Peter Kuper’s cartoon, which cheekily envisions what a ride on that conveyor belt might look like, seems particularly apt.
The first figure is a potential employee wearing Trump’s unmistakable signature MAGA hat, and the final one is an employee leaving with a knife in his back.
It’s grim, but seemingly right on the nose.
Trump has fired the likes of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and FBI Director James Comey. And Priebus and Spicer both resigned under tumultuous circumstances. Right before Priebus’ departure, Scaramucci verbally attacked him, calling him a “paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac.” As for Spicer, he quit after telling Trump he disagreed with Scaramucci being appointed communications director.
We’re nervous for what else this administration will bring, but we can only hope the cartoons keep coming.