After watching the Trump Administration’s bizarre behavior for 20 months, it’s safe to say that the undisputed locus of cruelty in the White House is the office of the Special Advisor to the President. Under the Trump Administration, this office houses not one, but two, officials: Stephen Miller and Jared Kushner. Trump’s “senior” advisors are remarkably unqualified for their weighty positions, given their youth and inexperience (both are only in their mid-thirties). Unlike senior advisors in previous administrations, they are not content to serve humbly as “behind-the-scenes” counselors. Rather, both strive to emerge as major political players in Washington and beyond, and both have blatantly used their positions not to advise the president (who doesn’t seem interested in taking advice from anyone in his administration, at any rate), but instead to pursue policies that can reasonably be described as wicked.
About Laurie King
Associate Professor of Teaching in the Department of Anthropology, Georgetown University, Washington, DC; writer, editor, co-founder of Electronic Intifada, Electronic Iraq, and Electronic Lebanon. [Full bio]