Getting close to Trump is bad for your professional reputation

Many of the people who stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday did not bother to hide their identities, no doubt thinking that having Trump’s support provided them with immunity. They are finding out that that was a mistake and already employers are firing those who have been identified.

Navistar, a direct marketing company in Maryland, announced that an employee had been terminated after he was photographed wearing his company ID badge inside the breached Capitol building.

A Texas attorney named Paul Davis is no longer employed at his company, Goosehead Insurance, after social media posts appeared to show him talking about his participation in Wednesday’s events. In one video, Davis says, “we’re all trying to get into the Capitol to stop this.”

We have witnessed in the last four years that anyone who works for Trump risks having their professional reputation destroyed. The latest casualty is a lawyer named Cleta Mitchell. On the infamous phone call that Trump made to Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger, one of the people who spoke was someone who had the unfamiliar name Cleta Mitchell who appeared to be a lawyer working for Trump. It turns out that she was a partner at a prestigious law firm who had been secretly working for Trump even though her firm had made it a policy not to get involved in these election disputes. As a result, she has ‘resigned’ from the firm.

Foley & Lardner said in its statement Monday that the firm had a policy not to represent any party in connection with matters related to elections.

“We are aware of, and are concerned by, Ms. Mitchell’s participation in the January 2 conference call and are working to understand her involvement more thoroughly,” the firm said in a statement Monday.

“Our policy did allow our attorneys to participate in observing election recounts and similar actions on a voluntary basis in their individual capacity as private citizens so long as they did not act as legal advisers,” it said.

Her profile on the Foley & Lardner’s website had already been deleted by Tuesday night.

She of course, being a true Trumpist, claims that she was forced to resign because of a pressure campaign mounted against her, not for secretly violating the firm’s policy.

The only people who should work for Trump are those whose reputations are already in the dumpster, like Rudy Giuliani, who spoke at the Trump rally on Wednesday and was his usual idiotic self. In addition to staking his and Trump’s reputation, which together will not buy you a cup of coffee, he also called for a ‘trial by combat’. What the hell does that mean? He said that he and Trump were willing to stake their reputations that massive fraud will be found. Since their reputations are already worth zero, that is an easy offer for him to make.


  1. says

    Many of the people who stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday did not bother to hide their identities, no doubt thinking that having Trump’s support provided them with immunity.

    They expected regime change.

  2. cartomancer says

    Giuliani is willing to stake his reputation on there having been election fraud, is he?

    Erm, Rudi? Do you have anything with any actual value to stake instead?

  3. Who Cares says

    He doesn’t have to stake his reputation on there being election fraud.
    The lieutenant governor of Texas (Dan Patrick ) put up a million dollar reward for any documented fraud attempts.
    The prize has been claimed by the lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania (John Fetterman) who forwarded the evidence of all the fraud (a massive 3 cases concerning 4 votes total) committed in the election in Pennsylvania to Dan Patrick. Still not given out because a certain person started moving the goalposts at light speed.

  4. sonofrojblake says

    “I’m pretty sure Biden could kick trump’s @$$.”

    In a fair fight, maybe. Which is why Biden would lose, every time. Trump would have a shank in his boot. Its the American way.

  5. DonDueed says

    Scenarios like this are playing out all over the country now.

    In my area, a woman who worked for a large hospital in Worcester, MA, has been terminated. She was on Capitol grounds but not in the building, apparently. I know of at least one other person in the area who may lose her volunteer position with a town government agency; she was at the demonstration but claims never to have entered the Capitol grounds.

    There have been several reports from other states of Republican officials who participated, and have now “resigned” or lost their jobs.

    It will be interesting to see just how much of a reckoning there is. If even worse violence is to come, those involved in this riot may get overlooked in the wake of whatever that is.

  6. says

    Unless they live in an “at will” state like Ohio, I have to believe that more than a few of the people fired are going to have grounds for unlawful termination.

  7. StonedRanger says

    Any company can fire any person for any reason or no reason other than their continued employment is no longer desired. In at will states, they dont need to do that much. If they violated laws (which they did) many companies have employment clauses which say if you get caught breaking the law they can discontinue your employment. I dont see too many successful lawsuits coming from this. IANAL.

  8. Pierce R. Butler says

    Anybody who hires a Trumpista thereby signals that they reject both the appearance and the actuality of integrity and competence in their organization.

  9. jenorafeuer says

    @Who Cares:
    And, unsurprisingly to anybody who has actually been paying attention, all three of the voter fraud cases in question were people trying to gain extra votes for Trump.

    Fred Clark, who lives in Pennsylvania, had some fun with that one a couple of weeks back:

    Fetterman — a refreshingly impolitic politician — says Patrick owes him $3 million because he has produced proof of three separate instances of voter fraud, all from right here in Pennsylvania. He’s made each of these instances famous on Twitter as “Returns in Sunglasses,” “Bartman!” and “My Dude in Forty Fort.”

    These all really happened, mind you, and all three cases have several things in common: 1) None of them succeeded in changing the outcomes of any election; 2) They were all hilariously inept and the perpetrators are all now facing criminal charges; and 3) They were all attempts to cast illegal votes in support of Donald Trump.

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