Donald Trump is the boss from hell.
Trump’s White House is run so poorly, it makes Uber look like one of America’s best places to work. In just over a week, both his press secretary and chief of staff resigned—and then the guy who helped push those two out left after 10 days on the job. (Even more people might be gone before you finish this video.)
Since Trump’s been in office, he’s managed to fire the FBI director and Twitter-troll his attorney general, in hopes that he quits as well—all because they disagreed with him. I mean, helloooo? H.R.?
Take James Comey, for example. Trump invited him over to the White House for dinner, just the two of them, then allegedly asked him for his loyalty and reliability, again and again. Imagine your boss invited you to a home-cooked dinner and demanded your loyalty. You’d feel pretty intimidated, wouldn’t you?
Then we have Sean Spicer—sigh—the guy who wasn’t just the butt of SNL’s jokes, but also his bosses’ and everyone else he worked with at the White House. Steve Bannon called Spicer fat in an interview, and Trump excluded Spicer from meeting the Pope, which he knew Spicer wanted to do. It’s one thing to have your manager at a regular 9-to-5 treat you like crap. It’s another to have a boss force you to lie every day to the American people, and not even reward you with taking a selfie with your idol. I mean, shit, that is what you call a hostile work environment!
Now, I don’t feel sorry for Jeff Sessions, but Trump treats him like a piece of shit too. Sessions actually made the right decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, because he didn’t want to be seen as colluding with the Kremlin. So now that he’s exercised some integrity, or projected the appearance of it at least, Trump is publicly berating him.
Under normal circumstances, people like Trump would be reported to H.R. and probably disciplined.
“If we had a manager that was acting the way that Trump is acting,” human resources specialist Brianne Fernandez says, “the disciplinary actions would either be to remove the person from the position or, at some point, we’d just determine that it’s just not a good fit.”
Fernandez has been working in human resources for over a decade, and trains people on how to be better managers.
“At the point that you have somebody in a leadership position that is harassing employees, or or berating or belittling employees, both publicly and I am pretty sure privately, that’s a setup for lawsuits or some sort of legal action,” Fernandez says.
That all makes sense, but how do you report the President of the United States for being a lying, conniving, manipulative bully? Is there a federal office for this?
The only people who can really fire the President of the United States are members of Congress and the people who elected him.
“We the people” are the real H.R.