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Sat Jun 15, 2019, 02:24 PM

Saving face How Donald Trump silenced the people who could expose his business failures

How did Donald Trump, a self-serving promoter who lost billions of dollars for his investors, convince the world that he is a financial genius? It wasnít just by fabricating tales of his success. It was also by bullying and silencing people who could have stopped those deceits ó particularly reporters and Wall Street analysts ó forcing all but a very few into a conspiracy of silence.

These tactics, which form a core element of his politics, were something I saw him hone firsthand in the 1980s and 1990s as Trumpís company was imploding.
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Even while he was suffering tremendous financial setbacks ó and precisely because he was suffering those setbacks ó these efforts show Trump in the desperate act of spinning a mythology about himself (rich) that would sweep aside the facts (broke). And he did it by imperiling the livelihood of his doubters, silencing them and inducing a chilling effect both in the press and among the very people who are supposed to protect investors from terrible gambles like Trumpís businesses. If this self-promotion scheme had failed, Trump would never have become a reality-TV-starring symbol of business acumen. He would have skulked off into anonymity or ignominy, just another failed real estate developer and speculator.
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His brand survived all that, and even thrived, because he wasnít just concocting tales of his greatness; he was also forcing others to repeat them, or at least not to contradict them. It was a strategy that more recently has paid off handsomely against onetime opponents like Sen. Lindsey Graham. Nobody can succeed on this scale simply by lying. Trumpís greatest and most cynical skill, honed during the 1980s and 1990s, was learning how to win by silencing truth-tellers and suppressing the truth when it matters most.
(Emphasis mine)
Washington Post


It's long, but well worth the read.

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Reply Saving face How Donald Trump silenced the people who could expose his business failures (Original post)
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trev Jun 15 #1
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trev Jun 15 #4
dixiegrrrrl Jun 16 #7
Firestorm49 Jun 15 #3
machoneman Jun 15 #5
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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 02:27 PM

1. It's how he runs his administration,

obviously. Or at least, obvious to anyone paying attention.

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Response to trev (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 02:29 PM

2. Yes, it's why he holds those cabinet meetings

that feature cabinet members praising him, televised of course.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 06:05 PM

4. Not to keep pushing this particular button

but Hitler did the same thing. His minions were deathly afraid of going against him in the slightest. And he carried himself as false royalty when visiting other nations.

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Response to trev (Reply #4)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 11:23 PM

7. So do trump's boyfriends Putin and Kim and other despots.


Trump originally developed his tactics to protect his "brand"..the Trump name, the facade, which is what he basically was selling on all those hotels and gold courses and casinos. right up to mid 1990's, co-inciding with the rise of the Russian mob..ooops,meant oligarchs...it worked ok for him .

He is so busy grifting the WH role that I do not think he realizes what this says about him, as his obvious experience speaks volumes about his practiced flim-flam.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 02:30 PM

3. "Silencing truth tellers". Indeed. Attacks on the press.....

Attacks on peopleís character, belittlement, and the list goes on.

We have a lot to learn from this abomination of a president. Learn it well. Learn it soon. Never forget how quickly fragile a democracy can become.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Sat Jun 15, 2019, 08:19 PM

5. Paywall! Darned paywall!

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Original post)

Sun Jun 16, 2019, 12:54 PM

6. "You're fired" From a fake job!

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