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Sean Spicer is the latest Trump casualty. He won’t be the last.

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22.07.2017

Sean Spicer wasn’t a Trump guy.

During the primaries, when he was chief strategist to the Republican National Committee, Spicer told friends that he was confident Donald Trump wouldn’t win the nomination and that if Trump did, both Spicer and RNC chairman Reince Priebus would have to do some soul-searching about whether they could remain in their jobs.

Not only did Spicer and Priebus continue, but also they became fierce advocates for Trump during the general election and took senior roles in his White House. A cynic would say they saw Trump as their meal tickets. A more charitable interpretation is that they were hoping to tame Trump, to temper the crazy. Mike Pence, who had reservations about Trump but accepted the vice presidential nomination, made a similar calculation.

The choice wasn’t irrational. I don’t blame them for trying. But they were wrong: This beast will not be tamed.

Spicer, disgraced for the past six months because of his extravagant pugilism and lavish untruths on Trump’s behalf, finally quit Friday.

Priebus, suffering the shame of being a chief of staff with neither power nor the president’s ear, will likely follow soon, at least if he wishes to keep intact some dignity.

Pence plainly can’t talk sense into Trump, either, and he could yet get the ultimate prize if Trump doesn’t finish his term — but it would be under the most ignominious circumstances.

In business, Trump tended to destroy those around him, walking away from failure relatively unscathed while others — lenders, partners, vendors —

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