Ah, The Donald. For the thoughtful blogger, he’s just the gift that keeps on giving. In fact, it’s impossible to keep up. There is the terrifying risk that he might become President of these United States. But WC will strive to compartmentalize in the faint hope that someone who might be inclined to vote for the Trumpster will read these posts and their links and have a change of mind.
Here’s a summary of the Donald’s credentials for the Presidency: He’s failed at the casino business, the steak business, the vodka business, the magazine business, the airline business, the football business, the real estate seminar business, and the vitamin pyramid scheme business, just to name a few.1
He responded to the Orlando shooting by congratulating himself for predicting that there would one day be another terrorist attack.
The New York Times has revealed that The Donald’s mentor and close friend was the infamous Roy Cohn, who would be on most folks’ short list of the most evil lawyers in history. For those who weren’t around for the Senate Army-McCarthy hearings, Cohn was Chief Counsel to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, and was the guy whispering the offensive questions into Senator Joe McCarthy’s ear during the anti-communist hearings. He and his boss were largely responsible for Executive Order banning gays from working for the federal government. Oh, and Cohn was gay, dying of AIDS in 1986. After being forced to quit following the disaster of the Army-McCarthy hearings, he went into private law practice, representing scumbags like Anthony (Fat Tony) Salerno, Claus von Bulow, George Steinbrenner. And The Donald.
He was a mentor, confidant and advisor to the Trumpster, and you can hear the echoes of Cohn’s style in “the gleeful smearing of his opponents, the embracing of bluster as brand.”2 Take any of Cohn’s anti-communist rants and substitute Muslims or Hispanics and you have The Donald’s campaign speeches. Peter Fraser, who was Cohn’s lover the last two years of Cohn’s life, said:
I hear Roy in the things he [Trump] says quite clearly. That bravado, and if you say it aggressively and loudly enough, it’s the truth — that’s the way Roy used to operate to a degree, and Donald was certainly his apprentice.
Cohn died in disgrace, disbarred, owing millions of dollars in taxes and denying his sexuality to the end.
We can only hope.