President Donald Trump's administration "systematically excludes" conservatives who backed the Republican during his campaign, according to ConservativeHQ's Richard Viguerie.
In his column, Viguerie claims that since last summer, when Trump became the official GOP nominee, he was "surrounded by movement conservatives" like now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Steve Bannon, and Vice President Mike Pence.
"However, what I have observed and heard since the inauguration leaves me concerned that many cultural conservatives who put their credibility on the line to give their post-primary support to Donald Trump and gave their time, money and expertise during the general election campaign are now being systematically excluded from the Trump administration, while prominent #NeverTrump campaigners are being hired."
Viguerie cites two examples of unnamed conservatives who were asked or encouraged to seek a position in the Trump administration after his inauguration, but were passed over for criticizing the president in the past.
One "for a factual one or two line primary election season comment critical of a Trump family member," and the other "writing, accurately, that then-primary candidate Donald Trump had apparently flip-flopped on an issue of interest to conservatives."
"Contrast the treatment of these two conservatives with the hiring of Helen Aguirre Ferré, now the White House's Director of Media Relations, who previously very publicly… bashed Trump repeatedly on the campaign trail, and became a leading voice in the #NeverTrump movement."
During the campaign, Aguirre Ferré tweeted very negatively about Trump. Those have since been deleted, but Media Matters obtained images of several of them.
"Except for conservative populist Steve Bannon, it would appear no conservative has a real say in White House Personnel," Viguerie concludes.
"Don't get me wrong, some conservatives have made it into the Trump White House and the administration. However… many conservative rock stars whose support and money were good enough for the campaign are finding that, after they put their personal credibility on the line to help elect Donald Trump, they are now being excluded from the Trump administration."
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