Step 11: Donald Trump—with the active active buttressing of his enablers in the comatose capitalist “press”—offers up tweet after bizarre tweet (If you burn the American flag, goddammit, you should face consequences—“perhaps loss of citizenship”) sending the media into a frenzy of elaborate reporting, “deep thinking” about the constitution and sober commentary about settled law, while behind the curtain he and his crew work tirelessly to steal everything they can get their hands on, and erase any semblance of the common good or the public square. But, what the heck, let’s just talk about the flag.
Step 12: Donald Trump nominated Representative Tom Price of Georgia—fierce advocate of privatizing Medicare and slashing Medicaid, repealing Obamacare and relying strictly on “free market principles” in all aspects of health care and wellness—to the post of Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Step 13: In order to fulfill his promise to “drain the swamp,” Donald Trump is offering donors a dazzling menu of options: for a million dollars (or more) you can get four tickets to an “intimate dinner” with the vice-president elect and his wife, and eight tickets to a “ladies luncheon” with the “women of the first family,” among other perks; for half a million (or more) you can get four tickets to the “ladies luncheon” plus more.
Step 14: Steven Mnuchin, Donald Trump’s campaign finance chief and a former partner at Goldman Sachs, will become the newTreasury Secretary, further “draining the swamp.”
Step 15: “Draining the swamp” continues with the selection of Elaine L. Chao—Washington insider, Republican functionary, and the wife of the Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell—was selected to be the new Transportation Secretary.