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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with his Cabinet in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Monday.

The occupant of the Oval Office has got to be on the list of worst bosses ever.

This is not something we didn't know, of course. It's just that after we've lived with this guy for more than two and a half years, the examples of his arrogant, belittling, berating, self-serving management style have become mountainous.

So what if you have worked for six presidents, were awarded a Purple Heart, the deep respect of your peers and fought in two wars (while the president got out of serving with a doctor's certificate that his feet hurt -- but not enough to stop him playing constant golf).

Donald Trump will treat you unmercifully and publicly doubt your patriotism if you tell the truth to Congress. His supporters will be encouraged to all but call you flat-out a traitorous spy.

So what if you are the acting chief of staff and have responsibility for every major action the White House takes. The president may decide on the spur of the moment that U.S. special forces have the go-ahead to kill the head of a terrorist organization and not tell you. You find out along with the rest of the public. And you wait every day to be fired, as have all your predecessors.

So what if you are a deeply religious person who believes telling the truth is important to civil society. Trump will tell you lies to your face and expect you to support him and, oh yes, purposefully spread the lies to others.

So what if you have shown Trump nothing but loyalty advising him on national security. You are just one of many who can still be fired in public by tweet before you even now about it, as have your predecessors.

So what if you acted legally and reported a violation of law to your superiors. The president will do whatever he can to find out your identity and punish you, kicking the whistleblower law that protects you into the gutter.

So what if you had a spotless decades-long career at an organization such as the FBI, widely admired by your colleagues. You can still find yourself paying huge legal bills and denied your pension by being fired one day short of qualifying for it.

So what if you were the most loyal lawyer ever. You can still find yourself going from being called great and the best to a "rat," in mobster lingo, by the president, after you were instructed by him to pay off two women who accused Trump of having affairs with them.

So what if you were once the nation's mayor. You can still find yourself working for the president without pay and, as a result, find yourself in the hottest legal hot water you've ever been in.

So what if you were sexually harassed by Trump when you were on his TV show and have proof to back up your claim. You can still be dismissed publicly as a "liar" by the president of the United States.

So what if you gave up a good job as a senator to become the attorney general. You can still be bullied and humiliated publicly on a daily basis by a boss who tells the world "I never should have hired him."

So what if you are a loyal Cabinet member who does her job every day without fault. You can still find yourself completely demeaned by being told by the boss to tell the TV cameras how much you love and respect your boss, the president.

So what if you are part of a respected group of generals devoting your life to the military and your country. You can still find yourselves being told –without warning -- there is now a ban on soldiers who have been serving well for decades, or being told that with the snap of a finger your troops are instructed to betray their comrades.

It's not Thanksgiving quite yet, but almost all of us can be thankful every single day that we do not work for Donald J. Trump. We just have to hope that his continuing bad example doesn't give other bad bosses permission to become even worse.

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Ann McFeatters is an op-ed columnist for Tribune News Service.

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