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Tue Dec 4, 2018, 08:43 AM

Trump's countless scams are finally catching up to him

Trump's countless scams are finally catching up to him
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/04/donald-trump-russia-robert-mueller-legal-trouble?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX0d1YXJkaWFuVG9kYXlVUy0xODEyMDQ%3D&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GuardianTodayUS&CMP=GTUS_email

The news is generally reported piecemeal, with a focus on what just happened or the specifics of one story. The result is that the cumulative effect often escapes detection. Journalism tends to describe the fragments and not the pattern they make up, which for readers can be like watching a movie shot entirely in closeups. So it is with the travails of Donald J Trump. He is in so many kinds of legal hot water, and the explosive new stories tend to erase the earlier ones from view, just as his own transgressions tend to overshadow his earlier misconduct.

Who talks of how grotesquely he groveled before Vladimir Putin and denied his own intelligence agencies’ conclusions in the long-ago, far-away world of July 2018 when so much has happened since? Who remembers the abrupt firing of the FBI director James Comey in the ancient days of May 2017, when the abrupt firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on 7 November is so fresh? The Washington Post’s running list of lies (up to 5,000 in September) and the New York Times catalogue of people, places, and things he’s insulted on Twitter (548 as of Monday) are helpful.

If you look at all his legal troubles together you see someone who is both reckless and lawless – which we knew – and perhaps in more trouble than has been noted. You might add to that list obscenely stupid, since he often seems to be the only one who believes his own lies, and since he and his children don’t seem to grasp that the scamming and cheating that got them through the dirty world of New York City real estate doesn’t work as well on the global stage.

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All this trouble exists in addition to whatever the Mueller investigation will bring as allegations and charges and perhaps grounds for impeachment. On 29 November, the Mueller investigation seized tax records from the law offices of Trump’s Chicago lawyer, Ed Burke. Maybe the most important new possible charge, a law professor noted to me, emerges from the report in BuzzFeed that Trump planned to offer Putin a $50m condo if he succeeded in building a Trump Tower in Moscow, while he was running for the presidency. If true, it is a spectacular violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. This 1977 law makes it “unlawful for certain classes of persons and entities to make payments to foreign government officials to assist in obtaining or retaining business”. Trump seems to have admitted he was doing exactly that and apparently thinks that justifying it aloud was good enough.

Of course, Trump denied that he was doing business with Russia or in contact with Russian officials many times during the election and since. Paul Manafort was charged with lying to the Robert Mueller investigation last week, which seems, atop everything else, stunningly stupid (along with the witness tampering he was also caught doing). Didn’t he think that the legal team would notice if he lied to protect himself or Trump? Or are the circles he moves in so routinely dishonest that the habit is hard to break? Liars abound in Trump’s circle; Michael Cohen turned himself in for some more lies too, and his lies – about when discussions about the Trump Tower Moscow terminated – seem to have been told to protect the president. But it seems likely that for the first time in his life, nothing can protect Donald J Trump from the trouble he’s made, and the sheer scale of it is astonishing. Justice means there are consequences for your actions.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 08:55 AM

1. Its as if he lies and creates daily outrages to keep the media too busy to grasp the big picture as

you wrote. Exactly so.

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Response to BSdetect (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 02:37 PM

14. Yep. Oh! Look over THERE! Quick! Look OVER THERE!

It gives me at least a little hope the more frequently I see the words coming out of other sources than just my own suspicions.

It seems to be dawning on some.

The same shenanigans and scams and cheating that trump and his eldest spawn have gotten away with, in the shady world of Manhattan real estate wheeling-‘n’-dealing, doesn’t work so well OUTSIDE of that sketchy arena.

I can’t help but think that so many nogoodniks of all kinds, especially those in the GOP (where they’ve learned the best way to keep winning, with the demographics moving away from them, is TO CHEAT) is this:

He’s an EPIC conman. Slick talking TV star. With all the trappings of fabulous wealth and success. And everything he touches turns to gold. And if it’s a little -um - underhanded, he gets away with this shit. If I hitch my wagon to THIS star, maybe I can get away with it too! So what if most, if not all, of his glittering portfolio was ill-gotten gain? He still got it, still took it, still managed to own it anyway, and overcame any challenges and/or legal complications. He could build his own world - his OWN reality, where everything always went his way.

Now, tell me, doesn’t that seem appetizing? Sound great? Incredibly appealing? Doesn’t that have BIGTIME gravity that can pull in the greedy and what Keith Olbermann used to refer to as “the something-for-nothing crowd”? He’s a famous deal maker and man I want a piece of that deal! Everybody loves a winner. In his case, it’s a “winner” in quotation marks. Because it’s no more of an actual winner than he is, in the harsh unforgiving no-bullshit glare of reality.

The GOP, and all those pathetic deplorables, many in economically disadvantaged and rural areas where they look at all that glitter and glitz from the outside-looking-in, and wish like hell that they could live in that world. So if they sidle up to him, they’ll get to bask in his golden sunshine. Where the gods always smile. And are always generous and benevolent. And nothing bad ever happens.

They’re desperate for that imaginary strongman he sold himself as being. “I alone can fix it.” Remember that? “I alone can reach down to you lowly losers and lift you up into my golden world where my name is in gold letters each bigger than you are tall. Where everything in every room of my luxurious New York City penthouse is gold, from the walls and the woodwork to the furniture and the lighting and the furniture. Where my golden gorgeous wife with her golden tan and golden highlights in her hair, in her golden robes and stiletto heels, glides across the room, in that photo carrying my son from his golden carriage when he was a baby. And where I myself am literally golden, down to my very skin, and the spun gold of my hair.

He has a messiah complex, and the masses who still cling to him remind me of the Israelites who expected their messiah to arrive from on high as a conqueror in a fiery golden chariot with golden horses in front and warrior angels blowing golden trumpets in the rear. No wonder so many rejected the Real Thing - born in a stable to a commoner woman and her nobody husband - a common carpenter.

Heaven help them when they finally realize that their golden illusions are really piles of common shit covered in cheap gold-color paint. That’s not Golden Soft-Serve he’s feeding you folks. It’s fake gold-painted shit.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 09:03 AM

2. Trump will go down. He can say whatever he wants. But he & the gang will go down..

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Response to Stuart G (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 11:33 AM

10. Ditto

They are going down

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 09:10 AM

3. reckless and lawless

You've heard the expressions "birds of a feather," "den of thieves?" Yes? Last week it dawned on me (I'm a little slow) that all the characters in the Trump saga are con artists, cheats, grifters. What attracts a con artist? A quick and easy way to make money. Who has lots of money and no honest place to park it? Other con artists, cheats, and grifters. What can be more satisfying to a con artist? Why to con another con artist, of course. The Trump crew attract and are attracted to one another like a den of thieves.

It's really too bad this is happening to our country, to our beloved constitution, and to our patriotic ideals. But there is a lesson in all of this. More than just one lesson, no doubt. What I see as a Buddhist is a widespread failure of ethical and moral values. Somewhere the pursuit of the god-almighty $$Dollar by any means became the highest value. Trashing the environment to convert natural resources into $$$$$ became ok. Rigging the laws to enrich the wealthy became standard operating procedure. Over many decades, we have lost our way. The reckless and lawless Trump is the penultimate American expression of greed and corruption.



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Response to vlyons (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 09:23 AM

4. The gop latched onto

tRump, and protects him along with the Russian money he provided so abundantly. They are as much to blame for this entire debacle as any tRump. WE all knew tRump was a con artist, the gop surely knew. After all his life of cheating people, conning contractors, tRump really thought he could get away with the same actions on a much larger scale. The entire family are like cockroaches once the light is turned on them, they scatter. I will not be shocked if they all turn on each other, to save their own skins. Merry Christmas to all.

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Response to Scarsdale (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 12:35 PM

13. I'm guessing the gop was receiving money from russia and under-the-table before this Reign of Error

The very well planned-staging started as the gop was recovering from their scandals of Nixon, or even before/during.

Of course the dump was already known as an easy mark back then but probably not smart enough to play on a national stage. Guess they were surprised! Still being able to get kompromat on a large % of the gop congress and scotus was enough to make a lot happen: Citizen's United, massive tax cuts for the wealthy, undermining of healthcare reform, and constant opposition to any programs of Obama or the Democrats.

So now, the dems will be left to clean up yet another mess, try to steer the ship of state back towards democracy with sniping constantly from the RW suck-hards. The alienated deplorables will be trying to hatch some new big event.

Jeez, government by the people is hard!

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Response to vlyons (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 09:26 AM

6. Yes, well said,

We lost the goal that the only way to get anything out of life is by giving.

Material things are all illusions, the body is 99.99999% empty space. I believe Buddhists refer to it as "no thing?"

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Response to watoos (Reply #6)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 09:42 AM

7. "Shunyata" imperfectly translated in English as "emptiness"

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Response to vlyons (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 10:41 AM

9. Thanks to the Electoral College.

Even all the Russian interference didn't ultimately put Trump in the Oval Office.

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Response to vlyons (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 11:59 AM

12. Well said, but...

... we must also keep these observations coupled with reality of the enabling culpability of Fox Network and the compromised criminal GOPers.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 09:24 AM

5. He and his cabal have cast a malignancy on our country.

The truth will be known and the treasonous bastards will be prosecuted.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 10:03 AM

8. It's not just Trump.

It's not just Trump and his TraitorTots.
Trump's criminality is so blatant, it's impossible to understand the behavior of the GOP - Nunes running interference directly and specifically, McConnell refusing to protect Mueller - etc ad nauseum.. unless they as well are up to their eyeballs in this conspiracy. Not hard to imagine.

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Response to dajoki (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2018, 11:39 AM

11. Until He Was in the National Spotlight, Trump Was Able to Get Away With His Many Crimes

Flying under the radar enables criminals to frequently get away with serious crimes for many years. Now that he is under a microscope from daily media attention, Trump's many crimes have begun to see the light of day, and there may be actual accountability in his future.

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