Trump Foiled by Central Casting

In a recent column on Joe Biden’s choice of Janet Yellen as Secretary of the Treasury , Paul Krugman states that Trump rid himself of the former head of the Federal Reserve for, among other things, being too short.

Trump thinks height matters

Trump seems to believe that the Fed is a lot like a roller coaster: You have to be so tall to go on it. You might say that [firing Yellen] was the height of a bad decision.

Matt O’Brien, The Washington Post

Robert Reich, the diminutive former Secretary of Labor, wouldn’t have stood a chance, even on his tippy toes.

Trump thinks looks matter

Looking right for the part was Trump’s defining variable in casting for his minions. Trump complained that his first national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, dressed “like a beer salesman.” Rex Tillerson was appointed Secretary of State because he is tall, fills out a suit, and oh, that hair, a real eminence gris.

But Trump especially likes a man in uniform. According to a 2019 CNN piece by Daniel Dale, his use of the terms “great looking” and “central casting” caromed in his second year in office.

These guys are central casting — like from a movie, except better. They’re stronger, bigger, tougher, meaner, and actually better-looking in a certain way.”

Donald Trump, about military officers, at a rally in July 2019

Trump’s true look is revealed

Today, a defeated Trump is left with the bottom of the barrel scrapings in Rudy Giuliani, a pathetic, ranting lunatic dripping shoe polish hair dye. Right out of central casting for a B-rated horror flick, one that we are already tuning out.

And Janet Yellen, poised to be the first person to have held all three of the traditional top U.S. policy positions in economics — chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, chair of the Federal Reserve and now Treasury secretary — continues to crash through glass ceilings. And hers are words we have longed to hear for four years:

To the American people: We will be an institution that wakes up every morning thinking about you.’Your jobs, your paychecks, your struggles, your hopes, your dignity and your limitless potential.

Janet Yellen, Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of the Treasury

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