I Was Fired For Criticizing Trump. Getting Rid Of People Like Me Will Only Hurt His Agenda.
In October, I wrote an op-ed criticizing then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. In January, I began serving as deputy chief of staff at the Department of Housing and Urban Development in President Trump’s new administration. The op-ed came up as part of my background check, and a couple of weeks later, I was fired.
Obviously, the administration had every right to fire me. As a political appointee, I served at the pleasure of the president. But it was a mistake to purge me, and others like me — who genuinely want Trump’s presidency to succeed — just because we didn’t start out as lock-step, unquestioning Trump partisans. As a young Republican who believes in conservative values, I wanted to contribute, even if that meant occasionally challenging the administration’s view.
Now I, and others in my shoes, will have to make our contributions elsewhere, and the result will be a less constructive debate about how the administration can best move the country forward.