Is Trump’s Organization Going To Be Lincoln’s Team Of Rivals Or Hitler’s Band Of Thugs?

It has been said that Trump likes to see his underlings fight it out. When Lincoln formed his cabinet, which some historians nicked named his team of rivals; it was not for the overt purpose of seeing them fight it out. Rather he wanted all the loyal states various political factions represented inside his government, rather than having some fight him from the outside.

Hitler organized his band of Nazi thugs for a different purpose. It was his determination to create vicious rivalries among his chief lieutenants, so that no one person or group could grow so strong as to usurp his power. Trump is likely motivated somewhere between Lincoln and Hitler on this account.

It may only take six months to a year to determine which model of organization, Lincoln or Hitler, that Trump’s system of organization at the top most resembles.

Right out of the gate Trump is pitting the heart of the GOP establishment’s Reince Priebus, RNC chairmen, as his staff-of-staff against chief strategist Steve Bannon, driver of the alt-right Breitbart site, a rats nest of blow them up conspiracy theories — a sort of good cop bad cop mix of advisors.

Priebus will try to lead Trump to where he ought to be going and Bannon will try to egg Trump on to where he is naturally inclined to go. We can expect the national press to be watching this intramural scrimmage with great interest.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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