CEOs Are Abandoning Donald Trump, But His Evangelical Advisors Are Staying Put

Aug 17, 2017

By Hemant Mehta

Earlier today, in response to Donald Trump‘s support of white nationalist groups and his bizarre Nazi-approved press conference, the Council on Strategic and Policy Forum chose to disband. This came after several members of Trump’s Council on Manufacturing left independently and put pressure on other members to do the same. Trump later announced he was ending both councils anyway… even though one was already disbanded.

It’s heartening to know that CEOs are either listening to the Americans who denounce Trump’s bigotry or at least felt it was more harmful to their companies to stay onboard than leave the council.

But there’s one group of people still not leaving Trump’s side: His Evangelical Advisory Board.

Jerry Falwell, Jr., the head of Liberty University who’s been a Trump supporter since early in his campaign, celebrated Trump’s “bold truthful” statement about Charlottesville. (Which one? The first one which denounced “many sides”? The second one which was read off a teleprompter? Or the third one where he took back his condemnation of the alt-right and neo-Nazis?)

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4 comments on “CEOs Are Abandoning Donald Trump, But His Evangelical Advisors Are Staying Put

  • @OP – But there’s one group of people still not leaving Trump’s side: His Evangelical Advisory Board.

    Jerry Falwell, Jr., the head of Liberty University who’s been a Trump supporter since early in his campaign, celebrated Trump’s “bold truthful” statement about Charlottesville.

    But these people have followers, and are reliable crawling apologists praising Trump in the press and media!
    Isn’t that the purpose of Trumpist “advisory committees”?

    The CEOs, economists, diplomats, and scientists, are “just those establishment experts” with “opinions” which Trump does not like, and for which he has “alternative” advice! 🙂

    The CEOs simply don’t understand their role as respectable window-dressing adding the image of expert authority to Trump’s (woeful attempts at) policies!

    I’m sure the evangelicals are MUCH better Trump style – “great deal-makers”!



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  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40968438

    President Trump is dropping plans to create an advisory group on infrastructure, a day after two other business panels were dissolved.

    With the turnover rate of Trump appointees and advisors, it seems he has shortened the process further, by avoiding appointing anyone who might have talent and ability, or resign in protest as a response to his fumbling bigotry and incompetence!



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  • There seems to be a market reaction to those “GREAT” Bannon-style Trumponomics!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40982025

    US stocks regained ground on Friday, after it was confirmed President Donald Trump’s polarising adviser Steve Bannon would depart the White House.

    Three major indexes turned higher in mid-morning trading and were modestly up by early afternoon.

    Mr Bannon, a right-wing nationalist, helped shape the “America First” message of Mr Trump’s election campaign.

    He also supported some of Mr Trump’s more radical economic positions.

    In a recent interview with the left-leaning American Prospect magazine, Mr Bannon said the US was in an “economic war” with China, and called for aggressive protectionist moves.

    Cheering broke out on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as news of Mr Bannon’s exit spread.



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  • I see the Trumps are dodging facing critics in the world of the arts, in addition to the worlds of reputable journalism, business, and of science!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40987432

    US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are to skip an arts awards ceremony to allow those taking part “to celebrate without political distraction“, the White House says.

    Some of those due to take part in the Kennedy Center Honors had said they would boycott the White House reception held before the awards ceremony.

    The honours recognise the lifetime contributions of performing artists.

    Many artists have been angered by Mr Trump’s plans to scrap funding.

    In his budget outline in March, he pushed for the end of federal support for public broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, who is due to be honoured at the December ceremony, said earlier this week that she would boycott the related White House reception for honourees.

    “In light of the socially divisive and morally caustic narrative that our existing leadership is choosing to engage in, and in keeping with the principles that I and so many others have fought for, I will be declining the invitation to attend the reception at the White House,” she said in a statement.

    TV producer Norman Lear, who is to receive a lifelong artistic achievement award, also said he would not attend the White House reception.

    So it looks like Trump is withdrawing deeper back into his decreasing sycophant base of unthinking supporters, while shunning whole sectors containing those critical of his destructive (apologies for) policies.



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