If he had a tail it would wag like crazy when Trump approaches:
The North Carolina Republican has emerged as one of the most visible names to potentially take over in the role for General John Kelly, largely due to his proximity to the president and his relationship with the White House. And while he had not spoken to Trump as of Monday evening, that could change at a moment's notice.
Meadows is known to speak frequently with the president — almost daily — on a myriad of topics. Throughout Trump's first two years in office, Meadows has been among his top allies, particularly in multiple high-level negotiations in Congress and on the front lines on the president's behalf to push back against the FBI's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. He, along with Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, have also led efforts to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and declassify sensitive documents in the Russia investigation.
In other words, Meadows has engaged in obstruction of justice and endangered national security, all in an effort to protect the worst President our nation has ever been foolish enough to elect. And this is not surprising, either:
Meadows is not planning on running for another term to chair the House Freedom Caucus and recently gave up a chance to become ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, passing that job on to Jordan. As a result, some Republicans have wondered what Meadows will do next.
He doesn't want those positions anymore because their power has been diminished by the Democratic takeover of the U.S. House. And he will take that position as Chief of Staff in the White House because of the same reason: Power. It may be power over staffers and some of the more timid Cabinet members, but that's enough to stroke that oversized ego.
Meanwhile, back in Mark Meadows' district, to say people are struggling would be a gross understatement:
Households in Robbinsville, NC have a median annual income of $16,339, which is less than the median annual income in the United States.
31.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Robbinsville, NC (195 out of 621 people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 14%. The largest demographic living in poverty is Male 6-11, followed by Male 35-44 and then Female 35-44.
The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.
Insurance and Medicare coverage combined with state and county level health and safety statistics for Robbinsville, NC. In Graham County, NC the age groups most likely to have health care coverage are 6-17 and 55-64, men and women, respectively. The location has a 1 to 23 primary care clinician to patient ratio and a Medicare reimbursement average per patient per year of $7,825. Robbinsville, NC has the highest prevalence of homicides of any county in North Carolina.
Mark Meadows has probably never even been to Robbinsville, much less being actively concerned about their welfare.