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Wed Nov 6, 2019, 09:20 PM

How Trump Corrupted the American Presidency in Every Imaginable Way

In the final stretch of his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp” of corruption in our nation's capital. "I will Make Our Government Honest Again—believe me," he tweeted three weeks before Election Day. "But first, I'm going to have to #DrainTheSwamp in DC."

To hear him and his circle tell the story, his approach to the presidency was purely virtuous. "From a business standpoint, is the presidency beneficial?" Trump’s son Eric asked, rhetorically, in a 2017 Forbes interview. "If you're talking about existing assets, they're doing amazing. If you're talking about as a whole, we've made sacrifices in order to allow him—and he's made sacrifices in order to allow him—to take the biggest office in the world."

In mid-October of this year, Trump told reporters that leaving the business world for politics has cost him somewhere between $2 billion and $5 billion. There is no evidence that this math is accurate, and Bloomberg’s most recent estimate of his net worth, $3 billion, is actually up slightly from its 2015 estimate of $2.9 billion. Nevertheless, Trump says, it’s a price he is (hypothetically) happy to pay. “I don’t care,” he continued. “I’m doing this for the country. I’m doing it for the people.”

As it turns out, the same guy who stiffed curtain vendors and cabinet makers, scammed students with the now-defunct Trump University, and engaged in fraudulent tax schemes took a similar tack with the presidency. Throughout his tenure in the White House, Trump has leveraged the powers of his office—and the trappings associated with occupying it—to enrich himself at every opportunity. His properties are now the destinations of choice for anyone seeking to curry his favor, and the American taxpayer is among his businesses’ most dependable sources of income. At the same time, he has learned to abuse those powers to shield himself from accountability for his wrongdoing and attacked, bullied, and fired enemies both real and imagined with the imprimatur of the United States government.

https://www.gq.com/story/donald-trump-corruption-timeline?utm_source=nl&utm_brand=pol&utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_mailing=Thematic_Ballot_11062019&utm_medium=email&bxid=5be9f8cb24c17c6adf0e5d24&cndid=25394153&utm_content=Final&utm_term=Thematic_Ballot_Subscribers

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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Nov 6 OP
JoeOtterbein Nov 6 #1
ThoughtCriminal Nov 6 #2
Stuart G Nov 6 #3
Sinistrous Nov 6 #4
uponit7771 Nov 7 #5
Hermit-The-Prog Nov 7 #6
NCLefty Nov 7 #7

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 09:25 PM

1. It's so easy for Trump, because he is what the GOP have always wanted.

Someone corrupt enough to do their bidding.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 09:56 PM

2. It seems several times a week

we are confronted with sleaze and crimes that would have been considered "The Scandal of the Decade" or even "The Scandal of the Century" in previous eras.

It's like a "Teapot Dome" scale scandal every day for three years and counting.

Trump's goal is beyond being the most corrupt in history, he is shooting for more corrupt than all previous administrations combined. Considering that includes Nixon, Reagan, and two Bushs, that should have been a lot harder.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 09:57 PM

3. k and r nt

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Wed Nov 6, 2019, 10:14 PM

4. I often think this story describes the United states of Trumpistan:

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Thu Nov 7, 2019, 02:38 AM

5. K&R,

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Thu Nov 7, 2019, 02:46 AM

6. the entire Executive Branch will need fumigation

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Thu Nov 7, 2019, 03:34 AM

7. It's really disheartening to know that he has absolutely done this. We will need "Trump reforms,"

as happened after Nixon. But apparently even those created some new problems. It will take much longer to discover just how thoroughly Trump has rat-fucked this country. Add all the judges he's pushed through. Woe is us.

Largely driven by the revelations of Watergate, lawmakers in the 1970s passed a series of "good government" bills designed to repair the political process and rejuvenate public confidence in their elected officials. But holes in the new laws, and the lengthy investigations the reforms sometimes spawned, also deepened voter cynicism.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/watergate/legacy.htm

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