An exchange documented by Barbara Res in a Daily News OpEd today offers a harrowing if unsurprising glimpse into the way President Donald Trump treats those who work for him.
Ms. Res worked for the Trump organization in various vice presidential capacities for over a decade. Her piece in the Daily News describes one of the now-President’s interactions with an architect who dared to make elevators in Trump Tower more accessible to the disabled.
“What’s this?” Trump asked.
“Braille,” the architect replied.
Trump told the architect to take it off, get rid of it.
“We can’t,” the architect said, “It’s the law.”
“Get rid of the (expletive) braille. No blind people are going to live in Trump Tower. Just do it,” Trump yelled back, calling him weak.
Res’s account confirms what many have suspected since even before Trump descended the escalator of that same building to announce his candidacy for president: Trump targets those he perceives as weak.
Res goes on to characterize just how Trump benefited from being a belligerent boss:
He would say whatever came into his head. Ordering an underling to do something that was impossible gave Trump the opportunity to castigate a subordinate and also blame him for anything that ‘went wrong’ in connection with the unperformed order later. A Trump-style win-win.
While Res’s OpEd gives more insight to just how bullish Trump’s management style is, many knew from his actions in the past week alone that Trump does not bring out the best in his staff and their performance.
Trump organization figures are starting to go on the record about Trump's poor management style and ignorance of the law. https://t.co/grscN58xrI
— 🚗 swiftly 💜 (@Driveswift) September 12, 2018
"FEAR" refers to Trump's management style. He's a bully, a sociopath who gets off on power plays and the kind of "respect" that comes from being a swaggering goon.
Deny him that. We must use the tools of law and society to pull him down. Make him an example to future bullies.
— Stefan Edward Jones (@StefanEJones) September 11, 2018
Trump can't be a better boss; he is 72 years old and ossified in every way. His bad management style and his extreme corruption are long inherent in him. He should resign or be impeached.https://t.co/yJA4AwAjL8
— Feral ballerina (@Govindira) September 10, 2018
But, as Res points out, his management position no longer affects Trump Tower contractors and employees alone, but Americans everywhere.