Why Donald Trump Is Brilliant and the Left Is Hysterical

The Age Old Hatchet Man Story

Apparently liberals and ‘never-Trumpers’ are so isolated in their political circles that they have no concept of how things work in the real world of business and corporate America. For example, they completely fail to grasp the concept of “the hatchet man.” This is why Donald Trump is brilliant and that makes the left hysterical.

Here is a simplified explanation:

Say you are a business tycoon. You just successfully completed a large-scale acquisition and merger, bringing together multiple smaller companies into one conglomerate. After the merger, you want to put your own people in charge of everything. However, all those smaller companies had their own executives, and, at least for the short term, you need to keep many of them around to keep things running.

You keep many of those executives around and let them retain their own senior staff. You even appoint one of them, the head of the largest of the companies you acquired, to be the CEO of the conglomerate. He then pledges to get all the departments working together harmoniously.

After a transition period, some of them are doing fine in the new conglomerate. But others are clearly causing trouble. In fact, the one you appointed CEO is clearly a disaster. The newly merged departments are working against each other. Furthermore, you have suspicion he is dealing in insider trading, but nothing you can take to a prosecutor.

He is not only doing his own dirty dealing, but it appears he may even be leaking intellectual property to your competitors, helping them take market share from you. This cannot be tolerated. However, many of the senior employees in your conglomerate are loyal to him.

If you just fire him and put in your own chosen CEO, you know you could get a lot of backlash from disgruntled employees. And in your business, there is such a small profit-margin that you really can’t afford anything at all that threatens performance. What do you do?

In comes the hatchet man.

The hatchet man is someone you bring in for the sole purpose of slashing the problems and shaking things up over a very short period of time. It deflects any blame or blowback away from you. As soon as the problems are hacked away, the hatchet man leaves, taking the ire and resentment with him, leaving you free to bring in your new team for a fresh start.

This happens in the business world all the time. And Donald Trump is a businessman. He knows this. He has lived this. We’ve seen him do it on “The Apprentice.” We’ve read about it in his books. This is not a surprise to anyone. Except for liberals and ‘never-Trumpers,’ it is no surprise.

Anthony Scaramucci the Hatchet Man
Anthony Scaramucci the Hatchet Man

Enter Scaramucci.

Liberals and never-Trumpers have seen proof of a Hitler-clown-circus spectacle they find as evidence Trump is unhinged and our government is in the hands of madmen. Anyone who understands the business world and Donald Trump fully understands that what we just witnessed was a perfectly executed hatchet man maneuver.

When Trump won the election, he essentially performed the political equivalent of an acquisition and merger. He brought together different political factions; establishment Republicans, conservatives, tea party, religious right, moderates, independents and cross-overs. He formed a winning political coup. For some, it was a hostile takeover that they would resist.

This is where Reince Priebus came in.

Reince Priebus, fired CEO.
Reince Priebus fired CEO

Priebus, as the then-chairman of the Republican National Committee, was hired as White House Chief of Staff to be a sort of post-merger CEO. It was his job to bring all these political factions together and get them to work harmoniously. But he failed. Worse, there is ample evidence to suggest he not only failed, but worked against Trump and the Trump agenda. Look at the leaks. Look at all the chaos. Look at all the bureaucracy continuing to work at odds with the president. Priebus, and a number of other people around him, had to go.

Back to Scaramucci.

Donald Trump has known for some time that Priebus was a disaster. He was going to give him his six-month trial period; that’s a fairly common thing in the private sector. After that, heads were going to roll. But Trump himself doesn’t want to be the hatchet man. He needs to be able to lead after the bloodbath. So what does he do? He turns to an old friend he has
known for many years. Someone with nothing to lose, someone who can step in with a hatchet and hack away, someone who can then just walk away from it all and leave the slate clean. He turned to Scaramucci.

So what does Scaramucci do? He comes in swinging. He fires a few people to make a quick example. He tells others they can “resign” right now if they want to, but if not, they will be fired. Others see what is going on and just up and quit of their own accord.

That problem with CEO Priebus? Oh, the new “structure” of the organization puts Scaramucci in direct competition with Priebus and Priebus throws up his hands and says “fine, I’m out of here.” And Scaramucci does it all in a way that is spectacularly visible to draw all the fire from Trump critics.

So how does it all end? It ends with Trump putting in his new CEO, the one he probably wanted from day one, but held back, and the new CEO says “OK, Scaramucci, you are no longer needed here.”

General Kelly now has a clean slate to start fresh and Scaramucci takes all the heat. Where the left and ‘never-Trumpers’ see a circus freak-show, realists from the business world see a perfectly executed post-merger hatchet-man job.

The political wonks see Kelly taking command as the first sane thing to happen in this administration. They don’t realize they’ve been played, and played perfectly. And soon we will likely see some other changes that move the executive branch further towards what Trump has wanted from day one. And then watch the real swamp-drainer get to work.

Ever wonder why Hillary is so bitter? She knows exactly what Trump is doing. The plan is simple:

Act One – Trump is literally Hitler.
Act Two – Trump is not literally Hitler, but Trump is incompetent.
Act Three – Trump is not incompetent, but we don’t like his policies.

We’ve seen this play out. From election night up through the first 100 days, the left was out rioting and acting as though Trump taking office was literally the end of Western Civilization. But after 100 days, when Trump had failed to do evil-dictator things like round up all the brown people and put the gays into camps and force women to stay home and have babies, it became farcical to continue the “Trump is Hitler” narrative.

And so from that 100 day point up until now, it has been the “Trump is incompetent” game. Look at all the chaos. Look at all the leaking. Look at all the tweets. Now we begin Act Three with Priebus out and Kelly in. Things will settle down. Pretty soon, all the left will have to say is “We just don’t like Trump’s policies..” … Act Three.

And once that happens, the left is dead. Why? Because Trump’s policies are policies that most Americans actually agree with. We should put America first. Build back our economy. Create jobs. Strengthen the military. Protect the border. Outside a few densely-populated liberal strongholds like New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., Americans in general agree with all of this.

So when all the left has to say is “Trump’s policies are wrong,” the left will literally be telling most of America , “You people are stupid.” Trump will win 43 states in 2020. The left will be scratching their heads and wondering what the hell happened. And you’ll be able to look back and say, “Hey, some of us told you all this back in 2017.”

Dwight L. Schwab Jr.
Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. He has written more than 3500 national political and foreign affairs columns. His BS in journalism from the University of Oregon, with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing.


Dwight has 30-years in the publishing industry, including ABC/Cap Cities and International Thomson. His first book, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selective Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014," was published in July, 2014. "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Presidential Election in History," was published in April 2017.


Dwight is a native of Portland, Oregon, and now a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.