Just for the record, should anyone in the future ever be interested in learning what happened to Donald Trump between his campaign for the Presidency in 2016 and May of 2017, it is important to take a look at the invisible man who is reportedly packing the White House full of anti-Trump personnel.
His name is Johnny DeStefano.
I know what you’re thinking. Johnny Who? Johnny DeStefano. He is the man solely in charge of screening and hiring the President’s White House staff – about 4,000 positions. Some of them are really important and require Senate approval. It’s a big job. So, who is Johnny DeStefano and how did he come from nowhere to be in charge of hiring all of the people who surround the President of the United States?
You won’t find any video footage of Johnny, himself, on YouTube. I looked. He’s an invisible man there.
To understand how Johnny D came to the White House we have to look first at RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, whom Donald Trump chose as his White House Chief of Staff. I was very uncomfortable when Trump made that choice. Priebus was too quiet during the anti-Trump media firestorm which broke out and blazed ever more intensely during the 2016 primary season – and following the RNC convention. He sat on the fence and watched as the Establishment Republicans relentlessly eviscerated and tried to hamstring their own front-running candidate.
The late Phyllis Schlafly was not particularly fond of Priebus or his Republican “manifesto”, written and published following the defeat of Mitt Romney in 2012. In March of 2013 Schlafly wrote:
A claque of liberals and media bigwigs are calling RNC Chairman Reince Priebus’s 97-page political opus an Autopsy, which the dictionary defines as the dissection of a body after death. Some people are hoping the Republican Party is dead, but the grassroots are raring to rise up and fight…
…The Priebus manifesto was written by Party insiders who are very Establishment (i.e., associates of one of the two Bushes, and no local Party conservatives or Tea Party types), so we can’t expect the authors to take blame for their disastrous election loss in 2012. After all, they predicted their victory right up to and including Election Day…
Interviewed by Breitbart News, another conservative icon, Michael Savage, publicly warned Donald Trump in very certain terms that Reince Priebus was not a good choice to be White House Chief of Staff.
Priebus is “the enemy within,” Savage warns.
“He’s the RNC! Everything the voters rejected,” Savage tells Breitbart News. “He will steer Trump away from every policy we sent him to D.C. to change. He is the enemy within. He is [Paul] Ryan, [Mitch] McConnell, and the Old Guard. They do not want change. ‘Out with the old, in with the new.’”
A close Ryan ally, Priebus was responsible for the GOP “autopsy” following the Romney-Ryan loss of 2012. One of its conclusions held that, to win elections, Republicans must embrace an immigration agenda that would import future voters who tend to overwhelmingly support Democrat policies…
Nonetheless, for reasons that may remain forever a mystery, Donald Trump invited Reince Priebus aboard the ship, and placed him at the helm of all White House activities.
Which brings us to the covert entry of the Invisible Man, Johnny DeStefano, into the very heart of Trump’s surroundings. Lisa Rein of the Washington Post gave us a little information regarding from whence Johnny D suddenly appeared. On April 19th Rein wrote:
…He [DeStefano] climbed the ladder of Washington politics the traditional way. The summer of his junior year at Saint Louis University, his uncle, a longtime Capitol Hill chief of staff, helped get him an internship with then-Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.). After graduation, DeStefano got a job serving as liaison to outside conservative groups for the House Republican Conference, and when Democrats targeted Rep. Deborah Pryce in 2006, he went to Ohio to run her reelection campaign.
The GOP lost the House — but Pryce squeaked by with a margin of 1,055 votes. [Speaker of the House John] Boehner took notice and hired DeStefano to help recruit Republicans to run for the House…
That is significant. John Boehner is no friend of Donald Trump. He never has been. He is pure Establishment Republican.
Continuing with Lisa Rein’s report:
…Priebus, who got to know DeStefano when he was Republican National Committee chairman, called DeStefano two days before Christmas  to ask him to come to New York the next day to meet the president-elect’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, at Trump Tower…
Kushner is also an interesting study.
…“Literally, this came out of the blue,” Boehner says. “You don’t have to wonder what you’re getting with Johnny. He brings stability.”
He had no experience in executive searches before this. Most presidents have their personnel chiefs in place months before the election. He wasn’t on board until late January, after Trump’s transition team had dumped New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and his lists of potential job candidates. The hiring operation was on life support.
Uh huh. And would you care to know more about how and why Johnny D came out of the blue? Chris Christie went out the door when Jared Kushner became Trump’s right hand man. And why was Chris Christie shown the exit? Interestingly, Christie was the federal prosecutor who sent Jared Kushner’s father to prison.
Oh, you can figure it out. I know you can.
So, there you have it. It was Reince Priebus who brought Johnny DeStefano in. Johnny D is the White House hiring guy. He’s smooth. He’s good looking. He exudes confidence. He was a favorite of John Boehner.
And somehow, there are more leaks and treachery from staff members within this White House than from any other I can recall in my life. I wonder why that is.