There comes a time in the life of every despot where he has to purge the unreliable, untrustworthy.
Hitler staged the "Night of the Long Knives," three days in which insiders considered potentially disloyal were hauled away and slaughtered.
Now Donald Trump is being urged to clean house - of unreliable, "establishment" Republicans.
In the wake of the resignation of his National Security advisor, Mike Flynn, Trump was most concerned about, not Flynn's lying, but who leaked the story, tweeting: "The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?"
Trump advisor, Roger Stone, says this president is being subverted by establishment Republicans operating on the inside to bring Trump down.
"It's establishment Republicans who don't really support his agenda and who leak like a sieve," Stone said by phone Tuesday. "So I am hopeful he will hire more Trump supporters and fewer establishment Republicans who are [not] loyal to him and his agenda."
Stone singled out presidential Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, former head of the Republican National Committee, as an exemplar of someone who's not fully on board with the Trump program.
"It's very hard to fathom why this guy is the chief of staff," Stone said. "He's loyal to the status quo and he's loyal to the big donors to the RNC — who are not the big donors to Donald Trump."
Stone also went after "the midget" Priebus on twitter: "Reince's purge of Flynn a "Pearl Harbor" for Trump loyalists. Hope the midget is ready to rumble @StoneColdTruth"
Steve Bannon's former shop, Breitbart, was quick to attack Priebus:
Breitbart News, the populist right-wing website once led by President Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, published a scathing report on Tuesday stating that Priebus was responsible for the administration's rocky start while speculating that his future in the administration may also be short.
This could signal the start of the long-awaited bloodletting inside the White House camps. It seems the perfect opportunity to permit Bannon to complete his capture of Trump and the presidency.