By Way Of Bizarre: Hope Hicks Ridiculous Explanation of Why She Quit

Hope Hicks leaving committee hearing room moments before resigning. Pic by Outside the Beltway

by Michael John Scott

Have you actually heard Hope Hicks explain her decision to resign as White House communications director?  If not, here it is, according to The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman, who broke the story:

“She told colleagues that she had accomplished what she felt she could with a job that made her one of the most powerful people in Washington and that there would never be a perfect moment to leave.”

WTF? Ahem. Cough. Throat clear now. Nervous looking around. 
Collar tug. Cough.  Nervous giggling heard now.

So, no.  Absolutely not.  No way.  Never.

Whatever the opposite of the perfect time to leave the White House is the imperfect time and this is certainly it.

Hicks is not only the third Trump White House communications director to resign in just over a year, but, according to CNN, she also leaves:

* One day after she spent hours testifying in front of the House Intelligence Committee regarding its investigation into Russia’s attempted meddling in the 2016 presidential election. In that testimony, Hicks acknowledged that she sometimes told white lies for Trump but insisted that she had never done so in regard to the Russia investigation.
* Amid a security clearance crisis that caused White House staff secretary Rob Porter’s resignation. Porter, who was romantically involved with Hicks, stands accused of domestic abuse by both of his ex-wives. Those allegations, which Porter denied, had kept him from gaining a permanent security clearance. Which meant that Porter was operating with an interim clearance, despite handling oodles of top secret and classified information in his role as staff secretary. But, wait, there’s more! Hicks was deeply involved in the crafting of the chief of staff John Kelly’s initial defense of Porter, despite her romantic ties to the now-former aide.
As tensions between Trump’s immediate family — Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, in particular — and Kelly boil over. The downgrading of Kushner’s security clearance by Kelly hamstrings the first son-in-law, whose portfolio includes negotiating Middle East peace and managing the US’s relationship with China (among many, many other things).
Hicks’ departure is yet another major negative story amid that laundry list. Whatever you thought of her credentials to be the head of the White House’s communications operation — Hicks had little practical experience in dealing with the media — there is no debate that she was one of the few aides who Trump trusted totally.

Related: Hope Hicks is A Great Republican With A Lousy Taste in Men

One Trump ally told CNN’s Jeremy Diamond.
“I don’t think it’s possible to overstate the significance and just the importance of her role within the White House. She’s an invaluable team member and one of the originals.”
Hope had been an integral part of the original Trump campaign staff alongside the likes of  Dan Scavino and the infamous Corey Lewandowski. She was with Trump before anyone even believed he had the remotest chance. She believed in him when everyone else was laughing at him. And that sort of loyalty is very, very meaningful to Trump.

 
Trump, as you may recall, tends to view the world in very stark terms:

Those who are loyal to him (very few people) and those who are out to get him (everyone else).

Hicks was very much in the former category.

Trump said of Hicks in a statement released by the White House:

“She is as smart and thoughtful as they come, a truly great person,”
Simply put: This is a White House in crisis. Hicks’ departure adds to that sense that the sky is falling around and on Trump.Let’s face it folks: you just can’t polish a turd, and when you try to, it tends to get all over the place.
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13 Responses to By Way Of Bizarre: Hope Hicks Ridiculous Explanation of Why She Quit

  1. Bill Formby Reply

    March 1, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    I had heard a rumor a month or so back that Hope was critical for Trump also because she was his stress reliever at times. It seems that she and Melania were never big buddies.

    • Timmy Mahoney Reply

      March 1, 2018 at 5:11 pm

      No they were pals and insiders say Melania was upset over her resignation.

  2. jess Reply

    March 1, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Abandon all Hope ye who enter here. Guess he’s going to be looking for another Trumpfluffer** soon.

    **sorry, I threw up in my own mouth a tiny bit writing that.

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      March 1, 2018 at 5:50 pm

      Oh my Gawd. The very thought of it makes ringworm run.

      • jess Reply

        March 1, 2018 at 6:36 pm

        HEY, I said I was sorry what do ya want from me 😉 Oh and not for nothing, I have started picking up bits and pieces of Glasgow slang I will soon be able to use in conversation, it’s like a whole other language for me. My friend and I went wine tasting up in the Napa area, I did not drink she did, anyway there was this other hetero couple (come on you know where this is going) and the woman thought friend and I were an actual couple. Friend overheard some bigoted shit, between this couple, when I was in the restroom and when I came out she made it known to said woman she had “a face like a skelped arse” and should learn to “haud her wheesht when she’s in public before she got a Glasgow kiss from an actual Weegie”** I have been assured these are all ways to tell someone, shut up you raging bitch before I put the beatdown on you.

        **had to go look for correct spelling on these things because like I said, whole other language.

        • Michael John Scott Reply

          March 1, 2018 at 7:05 pm

          Having been educated across the proverbial pond I can relate, although I was a London lad, so I didn’t have as many lingo twists and turns as the multi-talented Scots.

  3. Rachael Reply

    March 1, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    There’s no hope for Trump these days 😉

    • Dave Wren Reply

      March 1, 2018 at 10:12 pm

      Ha! Good one

  4. Glenn Geist Reply

    March 2, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Can’t polish a turd, but ya can put a wig on it.

    Lame, ridiculous and transparent excuses are what her department sells and like so many of Trumps little helpers she’s incompetent but confident. I think it’s one of these coyote moments when she looked down and saw nothing but more down, down there.

  5. Bill Formby Reply

    March 2, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    I would imagine that if she chose to do so she could be instantly wealthy by quickly writing a tell all book about the Trumper. She probably wouldn’t even have to publish it. On the other hand, Mueller may just squeeze her a bit and she will burst like an orange. I don’t see her will to do time for Trump.

  6. Tall Stacey Reply

    March 3, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    Anybody with any sense is getting as far away from that dumpster fire as possible before the “stuff” really hits the fan! Give the woman some credit, there comes a point when plausible deniability is no longer plausible.

    I understand rheRump went off on her after her testimony to the House Intel. Committee. She’s got to know she’s in trouble, got to feel vulnerable, got to know she’s on her own now. Assuming the weasel wearing shithibbon jumped on her instead of supporting her, she probably realizes (finally) that he’d throw her under the bus as quick as anybody… quicker than Donny Jr., Ivanka or Kushner. And she has got to know that they are all dirty.

    I suspect she’ll be the soprano in Mueller’s canary choir. If there is anybody in this that I wouldn’t want singing on me, she’d be it. She knows where all the bodies are buried, going back before the campaign.

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      March 3, 2018 at 7:27 pm

      “the soprano in Mueller’s canary choir.” Fcking brilliant!

      • Tall Stacey Reply

        March 3, 2018 at 9:41 pm

        Thank you Michael

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