So, it’s really obvious to me that Trump’s staffing picks are about two things, but weirdly I haven’t seen anybody commenting on the second?
The first is that he’s setting up a kleptocracy. He and his cronies are going to milk the country for every dollar they can get, and fuck whatever lives or institutions they destroy along the way.
The second, though, is a strategy Republican governors have been using for years, and which the Bush administration used heavily as well: if you want to destroy a government agency, put someone in charge who’s either incompetent or actively opposes that agency’s mission. The agency becomes ineffectual, people who have to deal with it get pissed off, and you build support for defunding or dissolving the agency. Do it enough, and you start building support for the idea that government itself is ineffectual or worse, which is how you persuade people dependent on government assistance that the very programs they depend on need to be cut.
In short: the reason it seems like Trump is deliberately picking the worst imaginable people for each position? Is because he is.