Jonathan Chait begins his essay in New York Magazine’s withering report on the Trump dynasty’s corruption with a direct quote from Trump himself:
“I’ve grabbed all the money I could get. I’m so greedy. But now I want to be greedy for the United States.”
Candidate Trump spoke those words during the 2016 campaign and could have stopped with the first part about his extraordinary avarice. Since entering the Oval Office in a red or white cap, yellow hair and orange face, Trump has given no indication that he and his equally greedy family have any intention of giving up their pursuit of predatory riches around the globe.
“Seemingly impervious to an onslaught of scandals,” writes Chait, Trump effectively disguises his serious negatives in “racism and misogyny” and has surrounded himself with millionaires, billionaires and a gang of mercenaries allegedly drained from the golden swamp. Some temporarily to be replaced by others with similar designs.
Under the headline “The Stench of It,” the magazine delves deeply into how Trump & Co. has transferred his global family business operation to a White House headquarters managed by a son-in-law and two sons. Despite a so-called blind trust, they report regularly to him with updates as the mobster’s “capo di tutti capi,” ceding none of his corrupt family power.
Trump biographer and TV contributor, David Cay Johnston sums up the president’s personal rap sheet with scathing clarity:
“More than at any time in history,” Johnston writes, “the president of the United State is actively using the power and prestige of his office to line his own pockets: landing loans for his businesses; steering wealthy buyers to his condos; securing cheap foreign labor for his resorts, preserving federal subsidies for his housing projects, easing regulations on his golf courses, licensing his name to overseas projects, even peddling coffee mugs and shot glasses bearing the presidential seal. For Trump, whose business revolves around the marketability of his name, there has proved to be no public policy too big, and no private opportunity too crass, to exploit for profit.”
Not fake news, as the magazine’s month by month chronicle of Trump’s shadowy business dealings plow through nearly four pages of encapsulated instances of how Trumpism works for him – and certainly not for the country in a historic millennial con game.
A few examples of how big investors and lobbyists line up to enjoy the benefits of a Trump relationship:
“You all just got a lot richer,” Trump boasts to his wealthiest of friends after signing a massive tax giveaway to the superrich. That giveaway saved Trump $15 million in taxes and son-in-law Kushner $12 million. It also enriched Trump’s inner circle with millions more – including Linda McMahon, Betsy DeVos, Steven Mnuchin and Rex Tillerson.
Trump nominated Peter Wright, an attorney for Dow Chemical, to lead the EPA’s regulation of chemical spills. Dow has 100 polluted sites that Wright would be in charge of cleaning up.
Trump’s frequent flights to his resort of Mar-a-Lago on Air Force One cost taxpayers $142,380 per hour in his first three months in office. Trump’s tax-funded flights to his private properties exceeded $20 million.
Everyone with Trump’s fingerprints got exceedingly rich, but none more than him, as major companies and organizations flocked to his hotels for their annual meetings, no matter that they were being fleeced. Feckless Republicans who have long boasted that they are the true protectors of the federal vault have curiously remained silent.
It’s a game of follow the money, and none has been more effective so far as the Trumpkins.
I’ve merely scanned the list. You would be fulfilled to read the entire New York magazine report.
Oh. That New York cover of a piggish Trump is a classic target. In Orwell’s “Animal Farm”, the chief pig is named Napoleon, who once famously observed, “Men are moved by two levers only: “Fear and self- interest,”
We know about the narcissistic self-interest part. The fear part aptly describes Trump’s strong sense of insecurity.
Even if you follow the money, the path has to stop somewhere. More than once the experts have told us that he is so much in debt from loans now that he might not be able to cough up a dime. That’s worth an Oink, right?