Plagued by infighting and "audience participation," Donald Trump's transition team is "The Apprentice" season 15

Newt Gingrich compared Trump's transition process to "an open apprenticeship," which seems perfect for governing

By Brendan Gauthier
November 28, 2016 9:20PM (UTC)
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President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, right, arrive at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 in Bedminster, N.J. (AP)

Donald Trump's finally getting that last season of his reality TV show he's always wanted — and it's with the future of the country at stake, to boot!

The president-elect is scheduled to interview eight potential cabinet members in the span of four hours on Monday afternoon.


The rapid-fire interview process further indicates that Trump is treating the process much like he did his reality TV show, "The Apprentice." Former House speaker Newt Gingrich suggested as much.

"It’s the only place so far that we have seen him trying to do an open apprenticeship, if you will," Gingrich told The Wall Street Journal on Sunday.

Gingrich compared Trump's very public vetting process — by which he gauges public reaction to potential appointees — to "audience participation."


Reactions have thus far ranged from ambivalence to horror. A handful have been entirely perplexing.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, a Trump supporter who recently said he didn't want a cabinet position, found himself on the top of the secretary of Housing and Urban Development short list last week. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Trump's primary rival, showed up at Trump Tower to kiss the ring for the attorney general spot he had no chance of getting.



Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani, who has a some conflicts of interest himself, has taken to the Wall Street Journal to throw his support behind — himself.

“I probably have traveled in the last 13 years as much as Hillary [Clinton] did in the years she was secretary of state,” Giuliani said Friday. “I’ve been to England eight times, Japan six times, France five times. China three times — once with Bill Clinton, by the way."


Over the next few weeks, Donald Trump will continue to invite people into his apartment in Manhattan, or into his golf club in New Jersey, where they'll stop in front of cameras, in front of the door as Trump himself welcomes them in. Then they'll go into what we can only imagine will be a replica boardroom from his TV show, where we imagine they'll say nice things about him.

Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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