Trump, Hicks and Mueller 2-1-18

As we have been watching the news, some reality maybe seeping into the heads of Trump’s lawyers. One thing is for sure, if Trump goes down, there will be a great deal of blood in the water for all who are involved. The case against Trump regarding collusion and obstruction of justice is building. More are being swept up in the Mueller dragnet. Could the lynch pin of this emerging case regarding the Russians be one Hope Hicks, a person who serves in the White House doing unspecified duties. This isn’t about political chicanery, dirty tricks, ala Dick Tuck, or politics as usual. It is about national security, collusion with the Russians over influencing an election and maybe treason.

But as Robert Mueller’s probe moves forward, Hicks’s involvement as a witness to the Russian meeting could backfire, threatening the administration and casting her own reactions and statements into grave doubt. According to a report yesterday from The New York Times, Mark Corallo, a former part of the Trump legal team, who resigned in July, will testify to Mueller that Hicks may have been part of an obstruction effort, after news broke that Donald Trump Jr. had met with a Russian lawyer during the campaign. Of course, the cover story was that this meeting was about the adoption of Russian orphans, but almost everyone with a wit about them, knows it was about Russian hacking into DNC and Clinton emails.

According to the NY Times, in the Corallo account, Trump and Hicks drafted a statement aboard Air Force One, and Corallo, told them both that this action would eventually backfire on them. He believed that the meeting had really been set up to get “political dirt” about Hillary Clinton and the Russians. According to this account, Hicks said the e-mails “will never get out!”

Corallo, a career Republican, who worked for the Bush 43 administration, told colleagues that he was alarmed by the Hicks’ remark. He believed that she was either incredibly naïve or was suggesting that the e-mails would be withheld from investigators.

Interestingly enough, in reading the Michael Wolff book Fire and Fury, one could understand Steve Bannon losing his temper with with Hicks after the meeting. He told her that she should get a lawyer and adding, “You don’t know how much trouble you are in . . . you are as dumb as a stone!”)

Meanwhile, who is Hope Hicks and why! She’s a spokeswoman who know one has ever heard. What were her qualifications or experience? In this crazy, ever-shifting political world how did a political novice get involved? This former model who is almost never in front of a camera is involved in messaging? In any other election year in history, when did a 27­-year­-old, who had zero experience, who never worked in any political role, wind up as its communication head?

In January 2015, Donald Trump selected Hicks, who was 26 years old at the time, for the role of press secretary for his potential presidential campaign. Donald Trump summoned her to his office and, as she tells it, “Mr. Trump looked at me and said, ‘I’m thinking about running for president, and you’re going to be my press secretary.” Of course, to reiterate, she had never worked in politics, or a campaign at any level. After Trump’s first primary victory, Hicks was asked to choose between staying with the Trump Organization or continue to work working on the campaign full-time. She initially seem to want to leave the campaign, but obviously Trump made her an offer she couldn’t refuse. That reminds me of the “Godfather.”

During the campaign, she ran interference for Trump with the press, and was handling over hundreds of requests daily, and could rule out anyone who Trump put on a persona non grata list. She also became the conduit for his “Tweets!” These were sent to Trump Organization for posting on his account. When in New York City, she was always in his office, almost 24/7. Supposedly, the campaign took a personal toll, as they caused a split between Hicks and her long-time boyfriend

Meanwhile, now Hicks is one of the most powerful people in America. Huh! When Donald Trump is on his luxury airplane, she’s the one sitting next to him. So what is the real connection, and what does his wife feel about this connection?

Now it comes out that Hope Hicks is a subject of interest to Special Counsel Bob Mueller. Of course the question is why? Well a large part of this investigation is over “Obstruction of Justice!” How did Hicks fit in with the Donald Trump Jr. meeting with the Russians, what was the “cover story,” why was it constructed, was it a lie, and what does it mean with regards to “Obstruction of Justice?”  Of course, e-mails were released that prove the meeting had nothing to do with adoption, and Counsel Mueller is looking into who crafted the obvious false statement by Trump about the meeting, his role, and frankly, who crafted the false statement. In fact, who arranged the meeting, which was about campaign dirt from a foreign adversary? What did the president know, and when did he know it? This question was asked of Nixon during Watergate, and should be asked today!

 

America First, Lindbergh, Hitler and Trump January 27, 2017

In the 1930s, with storm clouds growing over Europe, as the rise of Fascism, which was started in Italy with the dictatorship of Benito Mussolini, grew immense and to dangerous proportions in Germany with the rise of Hitlerian Nazism. In America a movement also started to arise. The American First Movement, championed by many, had its most popular spokesperson in the personage of Charles Lindbergh. It was an appeal to isolationism, American populism, racism, and anti-Semitism.  Interestingly, its appeal went across the board to many segments of the population, and in many respects, it would include people who were moderates and later, even prominent liberals. Populism, ala Trump, reflects back to many Pied Piper movements that have eventually led people right into the sea. It’s always easy to create scapegoats as a way to mobilize others into a so-called majority. Lindbergh was not a very educated individual, he probably saw himself as a victim of his German heritage in the American wave against anything German during the First World War. He was, in his own way, part of the revisionism of the 1920s which tried to reverse that earlier anti German trend. As an advocate of flying he was enamored by the air power of Germany and the “order” brought to the German people by Hitler. By the 1930s, the Depression, the New Deal and the problems of recovery, moved the halcyon days of the Roaring 20s and their “beau ideal” Charles Lindberg, well back into the recesses of the collective memories of most Americans. In the political reality of the time, the Republican Party’s conservative wing was hugely backed by the 10s of millions of American’s of German heritage. Thus, he saw his role as a herald of the people through isolationism and Americanism. Is this any different from Trump? He has a Germanic and racist background through his father, who was involved with the KKK.  He loves to fly around the country on his own plane, and he identifies his so-called business success and wealth with the triumphs of Lindbergh. By the way, it was discovered that Lindbergh was an adulterer with a number of German mistresses and had in Germany a whole other family. Is that much different from the adulterous life of Donald Trump and his various extra-marital affairs? http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/04/30/charles-lindbergh-s-secret-german-mistresses-in-truth-and-fiction.html

The GOP has been pitting the lower middle class against the poor for a long, long time. It has made the greatest crime in America being poor, and with that in mind it does nothing to alleviate that continuing blight on the richest country on earth. Is this another policy of Trumpism? As for anti-Semitism, Trump has encouraged all sorts of rightest and hate groups to find a place in the legitimate political dialogue of America. When as he decried their support? Never! His attack on the media, Hollywood, the arts, (PBS, the NEA) and liberalism in general, is a not so veiled threat at Jews and their role in the arts, the media and the world of opinion and criticism. Hitler had a long history on the edge of art, and his regime was instrumental in the degrading, the mocking and the destruction of much of the modern art (he called it Jewish art) that dominated the late 19th Century, and the period up and through the Depression. He was a proponent of “realistic” state-oriented art that appealed to “his” masses. The book burnings of the early days of his regime were aimed at Jewish (alien) culture through their writings and the literature of ideas. He attacked psychiatry and psychology, and believed only in Aryan science and medicine. Is the first week of Trumpism going in the same direction? Is it a harbinger of the things to come? My guess is that like Hitler, he is suffering from an extreme case of narcissism. He thinks of himself as the most beloved, the smartest, and that only he can solve the problems of “his” people. Both “Divide and Conquer” and the “Ends justify the means!” are examples of Nazi/Fascist tactics and rationalization. Is this much different from the early stages of Trumpism?

On Facebook, and other social media, the support for him is incredibly irrational and solid at the same time.  These folks believe that the news is biased against Trump in a conspiratorial way. They accept only his version of the facts, and as with the Hitler regime, he has the full employ of “alternate facts” from his true believers, sycophants, idolaters, propagandists, and, yes, worshippers. Every day, with many, this “Cult of the Personality” grows. Americans must find ways to stop it now. Never forget, that the Nazis also barely controlled their Congress (the Reichstag), and Hitler never achieved in the two elections of 1932, a majority of the vote. But, by intimidation, and the removal of his opposition, the Nazis were able to pass all the laws they needed to give Hitler unlimited power as a dictator (Der Fuhrer –the Leader) to deal with the so-called “crisis at hand.” Today, we hear daily about the “crisis at hand” that faces America. Are we really in a crisis, except a political one, with a deranged “Leader!” Ask yourself. Just remember, it was on January 30th, 1933 when Hitler took power. The 30th is only a few days away. But, also remember, that Hitler’s greatest foe, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was also born on January 30th.

 

 

CURRENT EVENTS QUIZ REGARDING HISTORICAL PARALLELS

Who said this? My measures will not be crippled by any bureaucracy. Here I don’t have to worry about Justice; my mission is only to destroy and to exterminate; nothing more.

  1. Donald Trump
  2. Hermann Goering

Who said this? Shoot first and inquire afterwards, and if you make mistakes, I will protect you.

  1. Donald Trump
  2. Hermann Goering

Who said this? Guns will make us powerful; butter will only make us fat.

  1. Donald Trump
  2. Hermann Goering

Who said this? The people were merely to acknowledge the authority or leader, or, let us say, to declare themselves in agreement with the leader?

  1. Donald Trump
  2. Hermann Goering

Who said this? The only one who really knows about the Congress is I, because I set it on fire!

  1. Donald Trump
  2. Hermann Goering

Who later said this in reference to the Congress? “I had nothing to do with it. I deny this absolutely. I can tell you in all honesty!

  1. Donald Trump
  2. Herman Goering

Who said this? I especially denounce the terrible mass murders, which I cannot understand … I never ordered any killing or tortures where I had the power to prevent such actions!

  1. Donald Trump
  2. Herman Goering

Who said this? I know you want to study me psychologically. That’s reasonable and I appreciate it. At least you don’t lecture to me and pry into my affairs. You have a good technique as a psychiatrist. Let the other fellow talk and stick his neck into the noose. I don’t mean that the way it sounds. But you hardly say anything. Someday I’m going to ask you questions.

  1. Donald Trump
  2. Hermann Goering

Who said this? Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.

  1. Donald Trump
  2. Hermann Goering

 

Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.

The Nuremberg Interviews (2004)[edit]

  • What do I care about danger? I’ve sent soldiers and airmen to death against the enemy — why should I be afraid?
    • To Leon Goldensohn (15 March 1946)
  • Hitler decided that. I thought it was stupid because I believed that first we had to defeat England.
    • To Leon Goldensohn, about attacking Russia (15 March 1946)
  • No. It was the last hours and he (Hitler) was under pressure. If I could have seen him personally it would have been different.
    • To Leon Goldensohn, after being asked if he felt any resentment toward Hitler (15 March 1946)
  • I know you want to study me psychologically. That’s reasonable and I appreciate it. At least you don’t lecture to me and pry into my affairs. You have a good technique as a psychiatrist. Let the other fellow talk and stick his neck into the noose. I don’t mean that the way it sounds. But you hardly say anything. Someday I’m going to ask you questions.
    • To Leon Goldensohn (21 May 1946)
  • I have always been interested in family history. Chromosomes are funny things, aren’t they? They may skip a generation and you can find children who resemble the grandfather, rather than either parent. Heredity is more important than environment. Blood will tell. For example, a man is either musical by heredity or he is not. You can’t make a man musical by the environment. You can find a person who is very musically inclined and be puzzled because neither parents nor grandparents had any ear for music. But if you trace it back, you will find that the great-grandfather was a musician. But the environment plays a great part in the development of a man. It is significant whether a man is brought up in the city or in the country, near a lake or on the shores of the ocean.
    • To Leon Goldensohn (21 May 1946)
  • In Berlin Jews controlled almost one hundred percent of the theaters and cinemas before the rise to power.
    • To Leon Goldensohn (21 May 1946)
  • Hitler had the willpower of a demon and he needed it. If he didn’t have such a strong willpower he couldn’t have achieved anything. Don’t forget, if Hitler had not lost the war, if he did not have to fight against the combination of big powers like England, America, and Russia — each one he could have conquered individually — these defendants and these generals would now be saying, ‘Heil Hitler,’ and would not be so damn critical.
    • To Leon Goldensohn (24 May 1946)
  • To me there are two Hitlers: one who existed until the end of the French war; the other begins with the Russian campaign. In the beginning he was genial and pleasant. He would have extraordinary willpower and unheard-of influence on people. The important thing to remember is that the first Hitler, the man who I knew until the end of the French war, had much charm and goodwill. He was always frank. The second Hitler, who existed from the beginning of the Russian campaign until his suicide, was always suspicious, easily upset, and tense. He was distrustful to an extreme degree.
    • To Leon Goldensohn (24 May 1946)
  • I am a man who is basically opposed to atrocities or ungentlemanly actions. In 1934, I promulgated a law against vivisection. You can see, therefore, that if I disapprove of the experimentation on animals, how could I possibly be in favor of torturing humans? The prosecution says that I had something to do with the freezing experiments which were performed in the concentration camps under the auspices of the air force. That is pure nonsense! I was much too busy to know about these medical experiments, and if anybody had asked me, I would have disapproved violently. It must have been Himmler who thought up these stupid experiments, although I think he shirked his responsibility by committing suicide. I am not too unhappy about it because I would not particularly enjoy sitting on the same bench with him. The same is true of that drunken Robert Ley, who did us a favor by hanging himself before the trial started. He was not going to be any advantage for us defendants when he took the stand.
    • To Leon Goldensohn (24 May 1946)
  • The atrocities are, for me, the most horrible part of the accusation in this trial. They thought that I took it lightly or laughed about it or some such nonsense, in court. That is definitely a mistake. I am the type of person who is naturally against such things and my own psychological reaction is to laugh or smile in the face of adversity. Perhaps that explains my attitude in court. Besides, I was not to blame for these horrors. It’s not just that I am a hard man because of my long experience in the army and in politics. It’s true that I saw plenty in the First World War and during the air raids and at the front in this war. But I was always a person who felt the suffering of others. To paint me as an unfeeling ogre who laughs in court at the atrocities is stupid.
    • To Leon Goldensohn (24 May 1946)
  • All nonsense. Nobody knows the real Göring. I am a man of many parts, but the autobiography, what does that tell you? Nothing. And those books put out by the party press, they are less than useless.
    • To Leon Goldensohn (27 May 1946)
  • I think that women are wonderful but I’ve never met one yet who didn’t show more feeling than logic.
    • To Leon Goldensohn (27 May 1946)
  • If I didn’t have a sense of humor, how could I stand this trial now?
    • To Leon Goldensohn (27 May 1946)
  • In the first place I’m sure Hitler did not write that damned testament himself. Probably some swine like Bormann wrote it for him. But I don’t see what is so terrible in the testament when you examine it, anyway. There was Berlin, bombed every minute. The noise of artillery from the lousy Russians, the American and British bombers overhead. Maybe Hitler was a trifle unbalanced by all that. If he wrote the testament at such a time, it was hysteria. But essentially, what difference does it make?
    • To Leon Goldensohn (27 May 1946)
  • I have to laugh when the English claim they are such a wonderful nation. Everyone knows that Englishmen are really Germans, that the English kings were German, and that in Russia the emperors were either of German origin or received their education in Germany.
    • To Leon Goldensohn (28 May 1946)
  • The Russians are primitive folk. Besides, Bolshevism is something that stifles individualism and which is against my inner nature. Bolshevism is worse than National Socialism — in fact, it can’t be compared to it. Bolshevism is against private property, and I am all in favor of private property. Bolshevism is barbaric and crude, and I am fully convinced that that atrocities committed by the Nazis, which incidentally I knew nothing about, were not nearly as great or as cruel as those committed by the Communists. I hate the Communists bitterly because I hate the system. The delusion that all men are equal is ridiculous. I feel that I am superior to most Russians, not only because I am a German but because my cultural and family background are superior. How ironic it is that crude Russian peasants who wear the uniforms of generals now sit in judgment on me. No matter how educated a Russian might be, he is still a barbaric Asiatic. Secondly, the Russian generals and the Russian government planned a war against Germany because we represented a threat to them ideologically. In the German state, I was the chief opponent of Communism. I admit freely and proudly that it was I who created the first concentration camps in order to put Communists in them. Did I ever tell you that funny story about how I sent to Spain a ship containing mainly bricks and stones, under which I put a single layer of ammunition which had been ordered by the Red government in Spain? The purpose of that ship was to supply the waning Red government with munitions. That was a good practical joke and I am proud of it because I wanted with all my heart to see Russian Communism in Spain defeated finally.
    • To Leon Goldensohn (28 May 1946)

 

Trump and Hitler- Five Months of Power! June 12, 2017

Donald Trump has been president for 142 days since his inauguration on January 20th, 2017. Look how many opportunities the country had to stop this unfit brigand from taking office! He could have been stopped in the Republican primaries. They had the “goods” on Trump. They were well aware of his adultery, his involvements with nefarious bankers, crime syndicates, gambling interests, his bankruptcies, his vulgarities, and his contradictory statements. They could have used volumes of testimony and evidence regarding his scandals. But, they were cowed by his threat to run a third party race against their eventual nominee, assuring the election of Hillary Clinton. But, what of the Democrats? They had the same information on Trump! Did they secretly want to run against this unfit, unqualified and unhinged bounder? Yes, assuredly so! I warned people that letting this criminal anywhere near the nomination was a risk. But, the Democrats were afraid that if they went after Trump with leaks during the primary campaign, someone like Governor Kasich could win the nomination, and he could be much more difficult to defeat. They felt assured that he would be the easiest to expose, ridicule and defeat. In fact, in each of the debates, he reflected his ineptitude, his lack of knowledge, discipline and incompetence. He even could have been stopped in the Electoral College. But, as he famously stated, in probably the only true statement he has uttered in eighteen months, when he stated on January 24, 2016, “I could shoot someone and not lose any voters.”

In the same way, Hitler could have been killed at the Munich Beer Putsch in 1923, assassinated while he was in prison writing Mein Kampf, defeated in 1932 election, by a coalition of the leftist forces in Germany, or even stopped by the French numerous times up and through the Nazi invasion of Poland. How the world would be different.

But, look at what we are facing today, 142 days into the Trump Administration! Lies, more lies and more broken, empty promises. What is the historical parallel with Hitler and 150 days into his regime!

In William Shirer’s massive study of Nazi Germany, “The Rise and Fall of the 3rd Reich,” on page 205, he writes, almost 150 days after Hitler assumed power on January 30, 1933, “ For (Hitler) him the Nazi socialist slogans had been merely propaganda, means of winning over the masses on his way to power. Now that he had the power he was uninterested in them. He needed time to consolidate his position and that of the country. For the moment at least the Right – business, the Army, the President (Hindenburg)-must be appeased.”

In the same vein, it seems with Trump’s healthcare initiative which will deprive 24 millions of health care coverage, his cuts in the social safety net, his deregulation efforts through executive orders, his opposition to banking and consumer regulations in the Dodd-Frank laws, his attacks on Planned Parenthood and women’s healthcare and his sponsoring of tax cuts for the rich, including his opposition to the Federal Inheritance law, are eerily similar to Nazi aims, policies and actions.

Of course, with the extreme elements on the left and the more idealist of the Nazis in Germany, embodied by Ernst Roehm, there was a call for a 2nd Revolution. For whatever he was worth, he embodied the millions of poor and disillusioned Germans who wanted reform and relief from the ravages of the past! Maybe, in the same sense, as it happened in Russia with the overthrown of Alexander Kerensky by Lenin and the Soviets, Shirer continues is narrative! Hitler made it plain in a speech to the S.A and the S.S. leaders, on July 1, 1933 approximately 150 days into his regime; the following; ‘What was needed now in Germany,’ he said, “was order.” He continued, “I will suppress every effort to disturb the existing order as ruthlessly as I will deal with the so-called second revolution, which would lead only to chaos!”

The parallels from 1933 to today are eerily and frightfully similar. He went on to offer olive branches to assure the leaders of business and the military that he was in their corner. Don’t we see that with Trump today? Eventually, almost one year to the day, on June 30, 1934, Hitler ordered and participated in the murder of his rival Ernst Roehm, as he then went on to dismantle the power of the S.A. From then on he controlled the Reichstag (their rump, Nazi-dominated Congress), the military, the secret police, the Courts, as he dismantled the press, the unions and the power of the Church. Can we afford to wait another year with Trump? I say no!

 

Trump, Kushner, the Russians and the Next Chapter of Dirty Money, Black Mail, and Treason! Fall of 2018

Of course, each day as the news becomes worse for the King of Self’s motley crew, and his family of criminals, worthless scoundrels and money-launderers, we still are fascinated that the MAGA Moron loyalists will defend the King until after he has been sent packing.

Aside from guilty pleas from Flynn, Papadopoulos, Gates, and an encyclopedic indictment of Manafort, which continues to grow, the indictment of thirteen Russians and the continuing revelations regarding Jared Kushner’s inability to get security clearance and the reports of his duplicity with foreign powers, the denials from the lunatic fringe right continues. But, who are the King’s greatest loyalists, Wayne LaPierre, and his NRA, who represent the Merchants of Death industry, the Evangelical hypocrites, who want to turn America into a theocracy and return women to that status of being bare foot and pregnant, the neo-fascists who hate everyone who looks different and prays to a different deity, and his small group and shrinking group of yes men, acolytes and hirelings that he continues to plant in his nepotistic inner circle at the White House.

But, what is next? Will it be Americans exposed and tied to the Russian spymasters and hackers? Will it be connections between the King and the WikiLeaks hacking of the DNC? Will it be Roger Stone and his connections with the Russians and Julian Assange?

The King of Self met the Russian Ambassador in 1986, according to his own book, the ghost-written “Art of the Deal.” He’s been involved since those days. He started with the Soviets and then moved on to other projects like the Plaza Hotel which he lost in bankruptcies in 1991 and 1992. By then he got re-involved, with the Vector Group, a holding group that then owned a Russian cigarette company and now owns Douglas Elliman, which helps wealthy Russians seeking property in the United States.

Trump bragged about his plans in January 1997, when he and Eric Lorber met visiting Russian politician Aleksandr Lebed in New York. A 1997 New Yorker article of Trump captured their exchange and showed the breadth of Trump’s hopes for Moscow investment and business connections.

“We are actually looking at something in Moscow right now, and it would be skyscrapers and hotels, not casinos. Only quality stuff. . . . And we’re working with the local government, the mayor of Moscow, and the mayor’s people. So far, they’ve been very responsive. . . . I always go into the center.”

“If you didn’t target the Russian billionaires, then you shouldn’t be in the business,” said Dolly Lenz, a former Douglas Elliman broker, wrote in 2008. Lenz told USA Today that in 2016 that she had brokered deals for about 65 apartments in Manhattan’s Trump World Tower to Russian buyers. “They all wanted to meet Donald,” she said.  One magnet for Russian money was a private resort called Fisher Island in Biscayne Bay, just off Miami. Lorber has been a director of the Oceanside at Fisher Island Condominium Association since 2000 and is currently a director of the Fisher Island Club.

Among Fisher Island’s many Soviet-born property owners have been Aras Agalarov, a Russian-Azerbaijani magnate who sponsored Trump’s Miss Universe 2013 pageant and whose pop-singer son Emin organized the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower; and Felix Sater, a Russian-born former adviser to Trump who worked with the Bayrock Group that helped develop the Trump SoHo project in New York.  Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg that Counsel Mueller and his team are investigating.

The next chapter, which most probably will be written, is about dirty money, black mail, extortion and very possibly treason. What deal did Putin make or force on the King? Was it for the lifting of Sanctions, a free hand in the Ukraine, influence in Syria and a blind-eye towards the independence of the Baltic States from the Russian bear?

Any MAGA Moron denier that continues to say, that there is no there, there, is delusional They are anchored to a very heavy rock, in fact a boulder, which is going to the bottom and will drag all the Trumpinistas to Davy Jones’ Locker.

Woman, Woman, Women 8-15-18

Only in America can we have the blind, deaf, and dumb post pictures of the First Couple as an example of marital fidelity. Here are two adulterers who probably hate each other, walking hand and hand, to oblivion. What an ideal, story book, social history is behind this idyllic coupling!

But, first, let’s look at the Borgia-Style Trump crime Family!  The King of Self’s number one princess should be analyzed first! What qualifications did she bring to the White House? She ran a possible money-laundering jewelry business, funded by her old man, the King. She’s married to the son of a felon, whose father framed his own brother, and went to Federal prison. He, of course, has his own nefarious record with laundered money, as he solicited financing while in the White House, and is a big slum-lord in Baltimore. Of course, Princess Ivanka, is the daughter of his first foreign wife, a visa violator, who he beat up, and sexually attacked, after she left his bed. Why did she do that? Well, he was cheating with his girlfriend Marla Maples. Maples is the mother of their illegitimate daughter, Tiffany, not long after their marriage. What happened to Marla, she signed a non-disclosure and was dumped by the Donald weeks before her pre-nuptial agreement was to expire. But, of course, he was cheating with his third wife, another illegal alien, who had violated her visa, worked illegally in America, and was a Sapphic, nude model, who has been accused of being an Escort Queen. In 1996, she moved to New York City, living in an apartment in Zeckendorf Tower, Union Square with a roommate, photographer Matthew Atanian.  She did at least ten paid modeling jobs in the U.S. in the seven weeks before she received legal permission to work in the country. Where are her 1099’s, who paid her rent, did she pay taxes? Where was the promised press conference on her duplicitous statements on her travels back and forth to her homeland?

But, what of her parents? Why and how are they living here? I thought the King of Self was against “Chain Migration!” So, aside from his cheating on both his first wives, he has now been exposed as cheating with at least two women, Stormy Daniels and Playmate Bunny Karen McDougal. Of course, he is being sued for sexual harassment and he has been accused by 19 women for all levels of sexual harassment, which covers the gambit from grabbing, fondling, kissing and more.

Women, Women, Women!

Trump has got a problem!

  1. Three wives
  2. Two visas violators
  3. Ivana Zelnickova Trump
  4. Melania Knauss Trump
  5. One Sex trade Worker
  6. Melania Knauss
  7. Two adulterers
  8. Marla Maples Trump
  9. Melania Knauss Trump
  10. Two sexual affairs paid off by Cohen
  11. Karen McDougal- she’s suing him
  12. Stormy Daniels-she’s suing him and has tapes
  13. Nineteen women accusers of sexual attacks
  14. Kristan Anders
  15. Mariah Billado
  16. Lisa Boyne
  17. Rachel Crook
  18. Tasha Dixon
  19. Jessica Drake
  20. Jill Harth
  21. Cathy Heller
  22. Samantha Holvery
  23. Ninni Laaksoner
  24. Jessica Leeds
  25. Melinda McGillivray
  26. Cassanda Searles
  27. Natasha Stoynoff
  28. Bridget Sullivan
  29. Temple Taggart
  30. Ivana Trump
  31. Karena Virginia
  32. Summer Zervos
  33. Two White House Women
  34. Hope Hicks
  35. Omarosa Manigault-Newman- she’s got tapes
  36. Miss Teen USA
  37. Leering in the locker room
  38. Bragging about it
  39. Rape Case of a 13 year old
  40. Katie Johnson
  41. Rape case of an adult
  42. Jean Carrol

The King of Self and His Stale Television Act! 11-13-18

Most of the thinking public assume Donald Trump was anxious to deflect and mute the image in Michael Wolff’s book that he is an unfit brigand, mentally ill-equipped and possibly certifiable. On Tuesday, he allowed a diverse, bipartisan meeting, reflective to attend a White House confab about immigration to be televised for nearly an hour. As usual it was the put-on farce that this unprincipled so-called, “reality star” loves to parade in front of his brain-dead supporters.

Surely, he thought that he would be able to demonstrate to the planet his balanced and learned grasp of the issues and his relish for accommodation with his political adversaries. Of course, in his own account, he knows all, therefore he doesn’t have to read up on anything. In his case, “ignorance is bliss” every time.

But, instead, what came through was the stark reality of a man who had absolutely no idea what he was talking about; a man who says things that are diametrically opposite to the things that he has said before; a man who has no clear avenue of thinking, a man who is over his head, and is willing to prostitute himself to entertain his blind, deaf and dumb followers. In the midst of his mindless agreement with a plausible Democratic proposal, he was interrupted by one of his handlers, Kevin McCarthy, who said basically, “Hold up clown, you have no clue what you are agreeing to!” In clear language, The King of Self exposed himself once again as the untutored buffoon that the world knows.

He demonstrated once again that he is a man without principle, interested only in how good he can make himself look and how much money he can make. Of course, with the King of Self, it is all about himself and his (fetid) image. Everyone with a brain, knows he is playing to the 33% who will eventually pressure the Senate Republicans not to vote for his impeachment.

Yes, he always reflects his basic animosity to people who are different, (women, minorities, etc.) particularly when they question his logic, legitimacy and lack of understanding the simplest issue. As a matter of policy, the whole idea of building a wall, for which Mexico would pay for, was just a feckless, campaign stunt to, once again, please the lemming-like people who grovel to his xenophobic racism.

Trump is not committed to that wall in the least. It is another media prop for the great unwashed, who he promises the world. He is committed only to burnishing his flawed and bloated image, no matter whatever comes of it. Mexico is not going to pay for it, and he knows it. Of course, he believes he can extort the money through other means. If thus is so, he is quite mistaken or delusional.  But, of course, he has always known that the Great Wall of the Donald is not going to be built. Can one just imagine the needs of our country that will be ignored, if that $35 billion was ever spent? Of course, it is just another of his unlimited (6400+ at last counting) lies. Some White House flack must have stuck the phrases “chain migration” and “diversity lottery” into his pea brain. I am sure he has no clue what they mean and stand for. In fact, he couldn’t care less. (his wife’s criminal father is part of “chain migration!”)

But, ironically, he is completely flexible on the issue of actual immigration policy. He doesn’t have the patience or brains for that much reading. Learning about our past and present immigration history would require reading more words than could fit on a tweet.

If Donald Trump followed through with what he initially agreed with his Eurocentric, white nationalistic base will once again be bombastic, Bannon-driven and out for blood, his! He will have proved once again that he was saying anything to keep them angry, even telling lies. He will have reflected once again his unfitness, his lack of qualifications and his unhinged, directionless mentality. And once again, they couldn’t care less

That is because Trump has no real message, except follow me, greed is good, and I am the King. But in this case, and many others, the public is starting to notice that this King has no clothes.

 

Trump and Reality 6-25-19

When I read the bleating of members of the MAGA Moron cult, I am reminded of the Elie Wiesel’s quote, “To remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all.” Thus, all of us should raise our voices, lift ourselves out of our comfortable chairs, use our wits, strength, and our pens to confront this unhinged brigand and his coterie of willing executioners. If only the German people, in the late 1920’s, would have recognized the doom that awaited them through Hitler and his cult of blind followers, who used every excuse to abandon decency, values and the rights of man. I hear these inane explanations and justifications all the time, often from the “Blue Collar” patriots who think everyone else is abusing them. Unfortunately, these folks are quite myopic and cannot see the forest through the trees. In reality, they have no idea who and what dynamics of our society are really at fault.  Never forget the fascist mantra, “The ends justify the means!” Is that why we are treating children on the border like animals? Is it to teach them a lesson in American democracy and charity?

Often these people find their convenient scapegoat in someone who is different, like Barack Obama. Yes, he is, and was, different from Trump.  Yes, he was poor, from a mixed race background. Thus, with that obvious difference, he is a family man, who has never lowered himself to being a profane, foul-mouth bully, a sexual predator, a serial adulterer and an endemic liar. He is a person who actually earned his way into and through of two of the best colleges and actually paid attention and learned something. What was Trump’s excuse? How did Trump transfer into Penn without his father’s largess in creating a real estate discipline? What was his record at Penn? But, why did Trump lie about his education, his grades and his degrees? He never earned an MBA from Wharton, and for sure was never above the bottom of his class. But, was it a lie that Obama was president of the Harvard Law School’s Law Review? No! But, has anyone, we have ever known or heard about, including Nazi Propaganda Minister Dr. Joseph Goebbels, publicly lie at the level of Herr Trump? In other words, amongst his 11,000 lies, in only the past 2.5 years, what hasn’t he lied about in his whole nefarious existence? One could only then discern he is a liar and no dishonest person can ever be trusted, followed or believed in.

Of course, the Carmodys of this world, think that they are the only ones who have ever sweated, toiled with their hands, or have earned the moral high ground. In fact, ever citizen is affected by this boundless, inarticulate, rabble-rousing, fascist wannabe, who will cling to power by using any means at his command. As for his faux patriotism and religious fervor, let us not forget he is an admitted draft-dodger, who after hiring a number of generals into his administration, we found out soon enough that they all left or were fired. Let us also not forget, that this irreligious Barking Cur has never been in a church in his life, except for a wedding or a funeral. In closing, I am reminded of the oft-repeated Samuel Johnson quote, “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel!” One could easily add in religion. Even though he claims that the Bible is his favorite book, assuming that this functional illiterate ever read a book, his first wife, who in her now-sealed, divorce statement, after accusing him of beating and raping her, stated, in a signed deposition, that the only book by his bedside was Mein Kampf.  Draw your own conclusions!

 

Commander in Cheat, by Rick Reilly, a World Class Expose of Trump and Golf! June 8, 2019

Golf to Rick Reilly, a longtime, highly respected golf writer for Sports Illustrated, is almost a religion. His background in the game goes back decades. He looks at the sport, like many around the world, as the Holy Grail of honesty, self-regulation, decorum. Golf, to millions, is a game of decency, politeness, respect, sportsmanship and gambling! To others, it is a great game of comradery, challenge, exercise and competition at any age from 10 to 90! As Reilly has written, golf has always been in my family. “Golf solves everything. Our very bones are made of balata. The whole family golfs-nieces, uncles, aunts, nearly every single one of us.” The Reilly family has a yearly family golf event called the Reilly Roundup! “Everyone wears a yellow shirt like the one we buried my dad in! So when a man like President Donald Trump pees all over the game I love, lies about it, cheats at it and literally drives tracks all over it, it digs a divot in my soul!” (page 238)

This book is about Trump, golf, and his cheating, dishonesty, lies, and the lack of character. But of course, every page (241) of Reilly’s book is devoted to three interconvertible realities: he is a liar, a cheat and doesn’t pay his debts! Maybe the most direct statement was by LPGA golfer, Suzanne Petersen, who has firsthand experience, “He cheats like hell!” (page 36)

“Trump doesn’t just cheat at golf, he cheats like a Three Card Monte dealer!” He throws it boots it, and moves the ball, or his caddy does it for him. Remember Oddjob caddying for Auric Goldfinger in his match against James Bond! “He lies about his lies. He fudges and foozles and fluffs. At Winged Foot where Trump is still a member, the caddies got so used to seeing him kick the ball onto the fairway they came up with a nickname for him, Pele!” (page37)

One time an old singer/songwriter friend of Reilly’s played Golf with Trump at his Trump Los Angeles Club. Every club he buys at a discount he renames the club with his name and brands it with the city’s name. Unfortunately, Trump LA is nowhere near LA. In fact, almost all of his “Trump” clubs are no where he names them! “On the very first hole Trump kicked his ball from the rough into the fairway.  ‘Wait a second (his opponent) yelled, so this is how it’s going to be today Donald?’” Of course, what else would we expect from DT, “Oh, Trump explained, ‘all the guys I play with throw it out of the rough, you have to do it with them to keep up with them!’” As Reilly wrote, “Just for the record, I’ve played for 50 years and I only know one guy who does this and his picture is on the cover!” (page 39)

By the way, he buys clubs at deep discounts, values them at 10 times their value and when it comes to paying taxes, he claims they are worth virtually nothing! This goes on everywhere he can fight the assessor and get away with it. Who gets stiffed? The local community!

Once Trump hosted three ESPN broadcasters; Mike Tirico. Jon Gruden and Ron Jawarski. No one at his clubs will play with him, except his guests. “Off they went, and at one point they were playing a blind (dog leg) par 5 and Tirico, who’s a 12.4 handicap (that’s his average over par, determined by all his submitted rounds he has played. That is also golf’s way to create a competitive game between players of different abilities), had 230 yards to reach the green. He hit the 3 wood of his life.” It wound up being a fantastic shot. “’Oh my God,’ his caddy said, open mouthed. The ball crested the hill perfectly, was going tight to the pin!” Of course, Tirico was quite excited, and he “high fived his caddy and strode to the green his shoes hardly touching the grass!” Interestingly, when he approached the green, “the ball wasn’t near the pin (the hole). It wasn’t even on the green, it was 50 feet to the left of the pin, in the bunker (sand trap).”

 

 

“Lousy break” Trump said to Tirico. Then Tirico checked the ball to see if it was his, and it was. He was “pretty befuddled, and it took Tirico 2 swipes to escape the bunker on his way to a 7,” instead of putting for an eagle (a three on a Par 5). After the match, “Tirico remembers, Trump’s caddy came up to me and said, ‘you know that shot you hit on the par 5, it was about 10 feet from the hole! Trump threw it in the bunker (trap). I watched him do it!’” (page 29)

By the way, in Scotland, even though Trump’s mother was a Scot and his brother tapped out on Scotch, they despise the King of Self. According to Rick Reilly, when DT was in Turnberry, Scotland and “On the day after the UK’s Brexit vote, Trump happened to be there and he tweeted, ‘Just arrived in Scotland, place is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back.’” (back, and from whom?) Of course, as usual, the King of Self, didn’t realize that Scotland voted 62% against Brexit! (page 78)  Of course, later he said, “You know, my mother is from here, I am Scotch!” Too bad that’s a whisky, they don’t like to be called Scotch, but Scottish! (page 72). As for Scotland, every time he comes to his course, which his hemorrhaging millions of dollars each year, he faces incredibly protests from the local citizenry! They don’t hate him, they despise him. I would quote what is said on the signs, but I don’t write that language.

There’s a famous story about the time DT lost $50 to a guy at Winged Foot (where I caddied as a mere lad as a young teenager in 1958 and 1959.) Trump (after losing) said he didn’t have any cash to pay! “That’s okay, the guy said, I’ll take a check. Trump said he didn’t have any checks on him! That’s okay, I’ll get a bank draft for $50.” He drives to a bank and gets one, and bring it back to the club and Trump signs it. “Weeks later, Trump sees him, pissed off” He says, “You cashed my check!” Of course I did!” Trump says, “Nobody chases my checks, they frame them!”  (page 94)

Part II- Commander in Cheat

In the words of Donald Trump, “I like having friends, but I like having enemies more!” (page 132). I’ll include one story that really caught my eye. Aside from his stiffing vendors, playing through foursomes that were ahead of him, the countless protests at his course, the objections of people living near his course, his draconian actions against anyone who displeases him, his threats of litigation, his empty promises to zoning boards, his violations of written agreements, his losses in court, his fights with club architects, and employees, this event sums up Trump! Reilly tells this story about Winged Foot, a place I am quite familiar with. “Trump likes talking tough, fistfights in golf are rare, but Trump likes telling a story about the time he punched a guy out at Winged Foot. “It was a big handsome asshole, Trump told me, ‘And he was being a complete jerk” So I sink this putt on the 9th hole to win the match and then I turn to him and coldcock him, just knock him, out right there on the green!…They ended up suspending both of us, I was back off suspension after two weeks and he never got back in!’”

Of course, the whole story was a complete fabrication from beginning to end, regarding who won the match on the 9th hole. Matches are won on the 18th. If Trump suddenly swung, why was the other guy booted, and why for good? According to folks at Winged Foot, that’s not what happened.  “First of all, Trump is not well liked at Winged Foot,” says member Bill Fugazy (who I have met through the O’Hara’s many times), and who has known Trump for years and whose late father (who I also met) also knew him there. “He’s just bad news to be around, a weird guy. It is hard for hard for him to get a game.”

“When it happened, he was playing by himself.” At Winged Foot the there is no back nine, the turn is at the 10th so one starts again at the 11th tee ( there is a back 8). According to Fugazy, “But the guys ahead of him were getting on the tee. One of them goes, ‘Donald, what do you think you are doing?’ Trump goes, ‘Playing through.” The guy goes, ‘Yeah? Well, usually you ask permission for that. That’s kinda of rude!’ Words were exchanged, Trump goes, ‘Get the f-k out of my way.’ The guy goes, ‘Who are you talking to?’ Trump shoves him and leaves the course. He was brought in and suspended!’”

In the words of Bill Fugazy, “Who’s he going to punch?” Fugazy says, “He’s got tiny spongey hands, He couldn’t punch anybody!”  Doesn’t that sound familiar? (page 135)

Again, the list of people that Reilly cites who have witnessed his cheating is almost endless. “He even declares that any putt he has under 6 or even 8 feet is a ‘gimmie’” What is a “gimmie” a term which ever golfer understands? It is when an opponent who tells YOU that the putt, usually under 18 inches is good. No one can “take” a ‘gimmie!” It is not taken, but given!

By the way, as I had mentioned, I caddied, as a teenager, for two summers at Winged Foot GC, in 1958 and 1959, and never saw anyone ever do that. In fact, I have walked around that course with my friend Bill O’Hara, whose family have been members since 1946, many times, from the 1960s through the early 90’s. In fact, I remember, as if it were yesterday, an old member of Winged Foot, the legendary SB Mastin, take nine strokes out of one of Winged Foot’s very tough sand traps. He had a bad back and actually wore a brace and couldn’t really bend. He told his playing partner that he took a nine!

I played golf with my father from 1959 at the Ryewood GC (Rye, NY) to the 1990s at Leewood GC (Eastchester, NY) and never saw anyone do that. I have played golf very casually for 60 years and yes, I have improved my lie many times, but, I have never played any kind of a match in decades since my early 20s and rarely have I seen a minute fraction of what Reilly writes about Trump.  I play strictly for recreation, fresh air and to hit a good shot twice in a row! But, not only is he a con man, and an endemic liar, but an endemic cheat.

My father, Milton Garfunkel, who was scrupulously honest, in every endeavor he partook, loved golf, and played it until his mid-90’s. He never talked about his rounds, he never bragged, he never demeaned anyone else, and he actually had two “Holes in One” within a few weeks of each other when he was in his 80s. I played golf with him when I was 14 and when I was in my late 40s.

“But why? Why does Trump cheat so much when he’s already a decent player? How can he be so shameless to cheat right in front of people?  They call him on it, but he just shrugs and cheats some more.” From my perspective he is a mentally ill person, but Reilly writes from the perspective of the world of golf.  As he wrote, “It ruined his reputation in the golf world.” As Reilly continues, “90% of the people I interviewed- on and off- the record say he openly cheats. A lot of them say they stopped playing with him because of it. So why? Why cheat? Why lie? Why exaggerate his handicap, his scores, his so-called club championships?”

By the way, he has never won a club championship at all.  Talking of matches with others, he tweeted-“Golf match? (with Mark Cuban) I’ve won 18 Club Championships, @mcuban swings like a little girl with no power or talent, Mark’s a loser.” Donald Trump (Twitter, March 19, 2013.) To Trump, everyone is a loser! “Eighteen championships? That’s like an NFL quarterback telling you he has won 18 Super Bowls!” It is preposterous, it is a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day float of a lie. (page 4). “In an interview with the Washington Post, he said, humbly, ‘My life has been about victories. I’ve won a lot, I win a lot. I win – when I do something. I win. And even in sports, I always won. I was always a good athlete,

And, I always won. In golf, I’ve won many club championships. Many, many club championships. And I have people that can play golf great, but they can’t win under pressure, So. I’ve always won!’” (page 5). In fact, he has never WON any championship or any event!

Each claim is an out and out lie, fabrication or ridiculous story. Reilly explains every single one of his ludicrous claims, and frankly, they are beyond imagination. Trump would play a round of golf on the same day as a club event, cheat through the round, post a totally phony score, go into the clubhouse later and say that he had a better round, and tell the management of HIS club, that he is the club champion! Believe it! I have never heard or read anything like this in my life. These stories could come out of the film “Caddy Shack!” (page 40)

A true measurement of Trump’s game was the American Century Celebrity Championships at Lake Tahoe. “Tahoe gets a stellar, raucous field of celebs most years- ex-athletes, actors, singer, scratch players (no handicap), and duffers. Trump played the event three times- 2004, 2005, and 2006.”

“In those three tries, he never finished in the top half of the field. The first year he was 56th out of 80.” As for the next two attempts, “he finished 42nd out of 80 and finally, in that calamitous 2006 Tahoe tournament, he finished 62d out of 80 and averaged 89.3 per round, and that’s with Tahoe’s rule that no player can take worse than a double bogey on a hole (two over par).” That doesn’t sound like someone who claims to be a 2.3 handicap (or plays around 2 over par!). (page 51) More lies!

Meanwhile, “the answer to this psychosis came from Harvard psychiatrist, Dr. Lance Dodes, co-author of ‘The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump’”.   Dr. Dodes explains, “He needs to be the best at everything. He can’t standf not winning, not being the best. It have to have started very early in his development. To him, not being the best is like fingernails on a blackboard to you. He can’t live with it…he exaggerates everything. He has to. He exhibits all the traits of a narcissistic personality disorder. People with this disorder have no conscience about it. He has no sense of morality about things. He lacks empathy to others. He is a very ill man! He doesn’t get that other people have rights or feelings. Other people don’t just don’t matter to him.”  Of course, I didn’t need a Harvard trained psychiatrist to explain this to me. He did the clinical analysis, but any person, with half a wit about them, could recognize his syndrome. He is an unfeeling, insensitive, brutal and sick person, who should not be the head of anything, no less position of authority.

This book is a most cogent and documented analysis of Trump, Trump World, and I recommend it to all who are interested in the future of America and who enjoy and love golf. The stories are remarkable. They cover his history of his “stiffing” of vendors, cheating his associates (he has no real friends), golfing with the pros, who look the other way, reneging on deals, along with his threats, his unlimited litigation and his fabrication of events. This book is Trump, a liar, a cheat and a fraud!

 

 

 

 

More Reminders of Trump, his House of Cards, his Borgia-Style Criminal Family and how Things have gotten Worse! 7-1-18

Let us see, Jared Kushner’s father went to Federal prison for illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion and witness tampering. Of course those are the nicer elements of his nefarious career. But, what of his son, the wunderkind Jared? He’s up to his neck is all sorts of deals, has lost his top security clearance and he is banned from state secrets. The wunderkind was supposed to negotiate with China and Russia and broker a peace in the Middle East. Let’s put all that on hold. No security clearance, negotiating $500 billion loans while in the White House!

But, what of his daughter, the King of Self’s number one princess. What qualifications did she bring to the White House? She ran a possible money-laundering jewelry business, funded by her old man, the King. Of course, she is the daughter of his first foreign wife, who he beat up and sexually attacked after she left his bed. Why did she do that? Well he was cheating with his girlfriend Marla Maples.  She is the mother of their illegitimate daughter, Tiffany, born months before their marriage. She was dumped by the Donald weeks before her pre-nuptial agreement was to expire. But, of course, he was cheating with his third wife, an illegal alien, who had violated her visa, worked illegally in America, and was a Sapphic, nude model, who has been accused of being an Escort Queen. In 1996, she moved to New York City, living in an apartment in Zeckendorf Tower, Union Square with a roommate, photographer Matthew Atanian, per Zampolli’s arrangements. She did ten paid modeling jobs in the U.S. in the seven weeks before she received legal permission to work in the country. Where are her 1099’s, who paid her rent, did she pay taxes?

 

But, what of her parents? Why and how are they living here? I thought the King of Self was against “Chain Immigration!” So, aside from his cheating on both his first wives, he has been exposed as cheating with at least two women, Stormy Daniels and Playmate Bunny Karen McDougal. Of course, he is being sued for sexual harassment and he has been accused by 19 women for all levels of sexual harassment, which covers the gambit from grabbing, fondling, kissing and more.

 

But, what of Trump’s loutish sons, Junior and Eric. They have been traveling the world on the White House travel tab. From 2007 to 2016, Eric led The Eric Trump Foundation, a charity that raised money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In June 2017, it was reported that the Eric Trump Foundation shifted a portion of that money to the Trump Organization ostensibly to cover the expenses of various fundraising events, though charity experts say there was no reasonable cost justification. Trump denies any wrongdoing and pledges to cooperate with any official review of the matter. What has done to justify his existence? Forbes also reported that more than $500,000 of the money donated for cancer patients “was re-donated to other charities, many of which were connected to Trump family members or interests, including at least four groups that subsequently paid to hold golf tournaments at Trump courses.”[  According to Forbes, “All of this seems to defy federal tax rules and state laws that ban self-dealing and misleading donors. It also raises larger questions about the Trump family dynamics and whether Eric and his brother, Don Jr., can be truly independent of their father.” The Foundation says that relevant donors were informed that donations would be redirected.

On June 9, 2016, Donald Trump Jr. attended a meeting arranged by publicist Rob Goldstone on behalf of Emin Agalarov. The meeting was held in Trump Tower in Manhattan, between three members of the 2016 Donald Trump presidential campaign: Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort – and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, her translator Anatoli Samochornov, Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, and Ike Kaveladze, a Russian-American, U.S.-based senior vice president at Crocus Group, the real estate development company run by Aras Agalarov.

 

Approximately a year later, Trump Jr. initially told the media that adoption of Russian children was the main subject of the meeting. On July 8, 2017, Trump Jr. tweeted his email exchange with Goldstone. It revealed that Trump Jr. had agreed to attend the meeting with the understanding he would receive information damaging to Hillary Clinton, which he considered opposition research. Goldstone also wrote in one of Trump Jr.’s publicly-disclosed emails that the Russian government was involved. Robert Mueller, the special counsel of the Department of Justice in charge of Russia-related investigations, is investigating the emails and the meeting. Although the White House lauded Trump Jr. for his transparency, he released the e-mails only after The New York Times informed him that they had them and were going to publish a story about them.

So, here it is the beginning of the Fall of 2018, and it has gotten worse. Massive scandals, ethics and emoluments violations, litigation from sexually harassed women, shake-ups in his Cabinet, his White House staff, his legal representation, and anything else this unhinged brigand touches. What else is new? Trump Charity- More crimes, and rip-offs!

Trump loots his own phony Foundation as his own Piggy Bank for himself and his family! In 2007, Donald Trump bought a six-foot-tall portrait of himself at a fundraiser auction, and paid with $20,000 from his namesake charity, the Donald J. Trump Foundation.

Artist Michael Israel — the “speed painter” who painted the portrait of Trump — released the first public photos of the portrait. Israel painted the piece in just five or six frenetic minutes, during a charity gala at Trump’s own Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla.

Inside Post reporter David Fahrenthold’s investigation of Donald Trump’s charitable giving

Afterward, Israel auctioned the portrait off. Trump’s wife Melania won the auction, with a bid of $10,000. Then the auctioneer convinced her to double it. Half of the proceeds went to Israel, the painter, and half went to the charity that hosted the event, then called the Children’s Place at Home Safe.  The charity is now called HomeSafe. It helps children and families harmed by domestic violence. When a check came, however, it wasn’t Trump or his wife who actually paid for the painting. Instead, it was Trump’s charity — which, even by that time, was largely filled with money from other donors, and not from Trump himself.

A few years later, Donald Trump used a fake bidder to buy a portrait of himself for $60,000 using his own charity’s cash, Michael Cohen’s testimony has revealed. During his explosive testimony to the House oversight committee, Mr Cohen said that the President had instructed him to find a ‘straw bidder’ to buy the portrait of him that was being auctioned at an event. He said Mr Trump then told the Trump Foundation – a charitable organization – to repay the fake bidder the $60,000 that had been spent on the painting, despite keeping the piece of art himself. There’s always a tweet: Cohen’s testimony edition pic.twitter.com/71evsrzSEj

Cohen told the committee: “Mr Trump directed me to find a straw bidder to purchase a portrait of him that was being auctioned at an Art Hamptons Event. “The objective was to ensure that his portrait, which was going to be auctioned last, would go for the highest price of any portrait that afternoon.”

Now, a new Washington Post report reveals new details about how the real-estate billionaire has used his tax-exempt, private foundation to benefit himself in unusual ways—including branding others’ charitable donations as his own. In 2010, for instance, Trump was honored by the Palm Beach Police Foundation for contributing $150,000 to the group, but none of the money came out of his pocket. Instead, Trump solicited the money from the Charles Evans Foundation, which gave his foundation the $150,000 over the previous months. In addition to receiving the credit, Trump may even have profited from the transaction; according to the Post, the police foundation gala was held at Trump’s pricey Mar-a-Lago resort.

The Trump Foundation isn’t low on cash because it is so charitable, either. The family foundation writes few checks each year, and of these, several either raise red flags or appear to be violations of I.R.S. rules. According to the *Post’*s investigation, on one occasion the Trump Foundation paid $20,000 for a six-foot-tall portrait of Trump. On another, it reportedly paid $12,000 for a football helmet signed by Tim Tebow, who was playing for the Denver Broncos at the time. Both instances could be classified as examples of “self-dealing” if Trump kept both items, which the Post reports is when members of a charity use its funds to purchase items for themselves. (It is unclear where both items are today.)

The Trump Foundation also reportedly footed the bill for a number of on-air promises Trump made to pay “out of my wallet” while he was the star of NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice and when the billionaire participated in a contest called Trump Pays Your Bills!, which aired on Extra. Many of Trump’s other donations, which the Post reports range from about $1,000 to $50,000, go to charities that rent out Trump properties, such as Mar-a-Lago. The paper also identified four charities that said they never received the contributions the Trump Foundation said it had donated to them. Accountants for the Trump Foundation did not respond to the Post’s request for comment.