Members of Trump’s administration have been shouted down in public, had their meals disrupted and have been blacklisted.
The latest example comes courtesy of academia. A group of scholars is trying to prevent Kirstjen Nielsen from getting a job on any college campus. The professors are trying to bar the former
Homeland Security secretary from joining their elite social circles.
A number of scholars and media members have signed a petition written by a George Washington University professor that states that the professors will not “associate [themselves] in any way with any think tank or university department that employs the homeland security secretary.”
Nielsen is looking for a new full-time gig after resigning as head of the Homeland Security Department on Sunday.
It was reported that she feared such backlash upon leaving her cabinet position, and that is a major reason why she stayed on as long as she did.
It is a sad reflection of our political discourse today that a sitting member of the president’s cabinet has to worry about her employment status simply because people disagree with her.
This blacklisting has gone mainstream. It is being promoted in the pages of The New York Times. Left-wing columnist Michelle Goldberg encouraged the blacklisting in the paper when she wrote,
“Those horrified by family separation should do whatever they can to deny Nielsen the sort of cushy corporate landing or prestigious academic appointment once customary for ex-administration officials.”
Translation: She should be punished for working for Trump.
Nielsen and others have been the victims of public verbal abuse by left-wing disruptors. These actions have been encouraged by Democratic leaders, such as Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA).
At a rally last year, Waters called on her supporters to “show up wherever [you] have to show up. And if you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”
What happened to “Love Trumps Hate”?
Last June, Nielsen was out to dinner in Washington D.C. and was heckled by a group of protestors. The group, the Democratic Socialists of America, claimed responsibility. They shouted “shame” at the former secretary. (A reference to a scene from the “Game of Thrones” series.)
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave a restaurant by the establishments owner in Lexington, Virginia, last year. Her family was having dinner when the owner asked Sanders and her family to leave because of President Trump’s policy of banning transgender people from the military.
Once again, Love Trumps Hate.
Academia is not the only place trying to ban Trump administration officials. There is a move to prevent Trump officials from joining corporate boardrooms, as well.
A website titled “Trump Administration Separation” is circulating a petition meant to dissuade corporations from hiring members of the Trump administration. The heading of the site reads:
“Those behind Trump’s horrific family separation policy should not be allowed to seek refuge in your boardrooms.”
The petition reads, in part: “We call on America’s corporate leaders to make it clear that they will not hire for employment, contract for consulting, or seat on their boards anyone involved in the development or implementation of the Trump administration’s horrific family separation policy.”
This blacklisting of cabinet members sets a dangerous precedent for the country. In the future, qualified individuals may be reluctant to serve in government for fear of having their lives disrupted by angry opponents.
And who could blame them. No one wants to have their family life disturbed by angry protesters. It is not fair to them and their families.
However, that is exactly the fate that awaits members of the Trump administration.