Trumpies gotta make a living

Trumpies gotta make a living

by digby

Trump is running his business out of the White House. It's only fair that the cronies to whom he's handed sinecures in the government should be allowed to make an extra buck on the side as well, amirite?

Lynne Patton, a longtime Trump family associate who made a controversial appearance at last week's House hearing with Michael Cohen, says she has the President's blessing to follow in his footsteps as a reality TV star, even as she serves as a high-ranking federal housing official.

Patton's appearance on a still-developing show about black Republicans would come during her tenure as the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's regional director for New York and New Jersey, which provides rental assistance to more than 800,000 vulnerable households and homeless services to more than 80,000 people.

Asked if she has Trump's approval, Patton said, "Yes."

"I would never have even asked HUD if I hadn't first asked the Trump family," said Patton, who planned Eric Trump's wedding, in an interview with CNN.

Patton has signed an agreement to work with the show's production company, said Leslie Oren, a spokeswoman for Truly Original, the New York-based creators of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" and other reality TV and documentary series.

"We are in very early development on this and part of that process is figuring out creatively what the show will be," Oren said. "It has not yet been pitched to networks but we expect that to happen soon."

Patton told CNN that HUD lawyers "had no problem with me filming after work hours."

"Look, they know I tend to put my foot in my mouth. They were a little concerned that maybe with some alcohol I might be a little too freewheeling on a show like this," said Patton of the Trump family.

"I think that's what everybody hopes for on a docuseries or reality show. But they were very supportive," said Patton, who has spoken openly about her former struggles with drug addiction.

Trump hosted NBC's "The Apprentice" for 14 seasons, and last hosted "Celebrity Apprentice" in February 2015 before his presidential run.
She was introduced to the first family by [Michael] Cohen, and became ingratiated in Trump's world. She was among the speakers at the Republican National Convention in 2016 and was a campaign surrogate. After the election, Patton began working at HUD, where her tenure has been marked by outspoken and controversial personal tweets. Patton called White House correspondent April Ryan "Miss Piggy" on Twitter, for which she later apologized.

This week, after TV news cameras scrambled to keep up with Patton during a tour of dilapidated apartments in the nation's largest public housing project in Queens, Patton seemed surprised that the reality show had become such "a big deal."

She said she turned down the offer when first approached by the production company shortly after the 2016 election. In August, she was approached again and decided to reconsider.

"They convinced me that this was not a hair pulling, table flipping reality show," she said.

Patton said HUD ethics officials told her "they had no problem with me filming after work hours." She said she wants to complete her work to improve conditions in public housing before doing the show and needs to maneuver around federal rules capping a secondary income at $28,000 a year.

"They're trying to pay me more than that per episode," she said.

She's a genuine Trumpie, isn't she?

The idea of a Trump administration official being in a reality show is just perfect. I can imagine that Trump himself is very jealous that he can't make money doing the same thing. If he wins a second term I won't be surprised if he actually does it.

It would be broadcast on Fox, of course.