‘The Trump hangover’: Former Surgeon General says he’s ‘stigmatized’ after working for Trump admin

Call the waaaambulance!

The former surgeon general under President Trump is suffering from a “Trump hangover,” and according to him, it’s making his life “difficult.”

Jerome Adams, who served under former President Donald Trump from September 2017 to January 2021, says he’s been a victim of what he and his wife, Lacey, like to call the “Trump Effect.”

Speaking to The Washington Post, the duo says, in his quest to score a job after leaving D.C., Adams has been politely rejected by universities and corporations who feel he is “too tainted to employ.”

The stigma of serving under Trump “followed them from Washington to their home in the Indianapolis suburbs,” WaPo writes. “They felt it when he was exploring jobs in academia, where he would receive polite rejections from university officials who worried that someone who served in the administration of the former president would be badly received by their left-leaning student bodies. They felt it when corporations decided he was too tainted to employ.”

Adams complained that Trump is “a force that really does take the air out of the room.”

“The Trump hangover is still impacting me in significant ways,” he said.

It was the perfect setup for WaPo’s latest hit piece against the former president, who has recently announced his third bid for the White House:

The former surgeon general’s predicament underscores one of the givens of today’s political environment: Association with Trump becomes a permanent tarnish, a kind of reverse Midas touch. Whether indicted or shunned or marginalized, a cavalcade of former Trump World figures have foundered in the aftermath of one of the more chaotic presidencies in modern American history.


The vitriol virtually oozes from the page.

“Lacey saw it coming,” WaPo reveals. “She said she ‘hated Trump’ and did not want her husband to leave his comfortable life in Indiana, where he practiced anesthesiology and served as state health commissioner under then-Indiana governor Mike Pence, who was Trump’s vice president when Jerome became surgeon general.”

The outlet states that Lacey feared “a lasting ‘stigma'” should her devoted husband take the job, but Jerome “thought he could make a bigger difference inside the administration than outside it, especially when it came to his efforts to combat opioid addiction.”

WaPo writes:

Now Jerome bristles at his forever label as “Trump’s surgeon general,” an image sealed by his highly public role during the much-criticized early White House response to the coronavirus pandemic. Other surgeons general, he feels, have been less intensely identified with the president who appointed them, permitting them to glide into a life of prestigious and sometimes lucrative opportunities, unencumbered by partisan politics.

Not him.


Lacey says it took Adams eight months to land a job after leaving the nation’s capital. “It was a lot harder than he thought to find a landing spot because of the Trump Effect,” she claimed.

Adams insists he’s “not complaining,” he’s simply adding “context.”

Conveniently, the “context” supports WaPo’s long-held anti-Trump rhetoric.

“People still are afraid to touch anything that is associated with Trump,” he said.

Or maybe, just maybe, his difficulty finding a new gig has something to do with the fact that, as Surgeon General, the wishy-washy Jerome Adams got just about everything wrong, as The Washington Post — presumably unintentionally — points out:

He has battled on social media over his recommendation that people continue to wear masks in crowded indoor settings, his criticism of President Biden’s declaration of an end to the pandemic and about his advocacy for coronavirus vaccinations for children and for adults to get booster shots. He takes heat from the left for a pro-life stance on abortion and from the right for his opposition to laws that dictate what a doctor can say to a patient about abortion.


Now, we can’t say for certain if it affected his ability to get hired, but even the CDC has admitted that masks had little impact on the spread of COVID-19.

And recent data on the vaccine indicates it isn’t actually protecting anyone from the virus, as the Washington Post has recently admitted.

But evidently, personal accountability isn’t Adams’ thing.

He’s too busy worrying about Trump’s newly launched 2024 campaign, which, according to him, “will make things more difficult for me.”


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