PBS NewsHour / YouTube Is Ronny Jackson s nomination in...
PBS NewsHour / YouTube

Okay, this is funny.

“Everything he touches,” Fred Trump once said of his son, “turns to gold.”

Ah, the good ol’ days, back in 1973. Who knew if it was even true then, but it sure isn’t now.

Donald Trump’s latest victim is White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson, who seemingly was quite content before Trump pushed him into being his nominee to take over Veterans Affairs—a mammoth job.

But there’s more collateral damage where that came from, writes Politico.

The Trump-adjacent damage ranges from blaring-siren legal woes (Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, Michael Flynn, George Papadopoulos, and poor-man’s-Roy-Cohn, fixer-attorney Michael Cohen) to reputational taint (Sean Spicer, Reince Preibus, Anthony Scaramucci, Steve Bannon, global-CEO-turned-spurned-Secretary-of-State Rex Tillerson) to unexpected political collapses (Luther Strange, Roy Moore, Rick Saccone) in which the president’s support proved to be less Midas touch and more kiss of death. Rear Adm. Jackson was the mostly anonymous White House physician. Now, largely as a result of Trump’s decision to put him forth to be to be secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs, he’s better known, fairly or not, as an ill-tempered, drunk-driving drug-dispensing “candy man.”

There’s always been a Trump World scrap heap—in particular during his moments of maximum stress and duress—but it’s never been like the past 15 months. […]

“It’s a whole different world than he’s used to. What he did as a CEO, if he hired somebody, who’d question it? That’s not true on the world stage. He just wasn’t ready for it,” longtime New York lawyer and lobbyist Sid Davidoff said in an interview. “He was a CEO of a privately held corporation that did what he wanted to do. … It’s no news that he wasn’t prepared for what was ahead of him. And obviously the learning curve isn’t as sharp as it should be.”

All those stellar business skills Trump was supposedly going to apply to the federal government to “drain the swamp” just aren’t working out so well. At least he’s got the “drain” part down.

P.S. This is exactly why Trump can’t get a decent lawyer or law firm to give him a second look. In terms of both future clients and recruits to their firms, they can’t afford to take on the liability of ruining their reputation.

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