DOUBLE DEALING DONALD

The Flim-Flam Man Exposed

It was no big surprise learning why Donald John Trump has been using various legal tactics and maneuvers to keep his personal tax returns hidden from us. All of it came tumbling out yesterday under this bombshell headline from the New York Times, LONG-CONCEALED RECORDS SHOW TRUMP’S CHRONIC LOSSES AND YEARS OF TAX AVOIDANCE.

Faithful readers will remember that I called Trump a draft dodger for avoiding Vietnam. He got some doctor to write a letter claiming he had bone spurs. Surprise, we’ve never seen an X-ray. He asserts he has made billions of dollars, but we’ve never seen any documents as proof. The New York Times lays out the truth quite clearly.

“Donald J. Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes the year he won the presidency. In his first year in the White House, he paid another $750. He had paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years — largely because he reported losing much more money than he made.” So, the fat guy who keeps telling us that he is patriotic and loves America has been dodging his civic duty and gaming the system to his financial benefit while in the White House.

Now I understand why he has been giving away his presidential salary. If he took that money, he, like any other US citizen, would have to pay as much as $100,000 in taxes because he wouldn’t be able to claim he is losing money. It’s outrageous that even his “charitable contributions” are scams.

What we know now for sure is that Donald Trump has been in a decade-long audit battle with the Internal Revenue Service. It’s centered on the legitimacy of a $72.9 million tax refund he claimed, and received, after declaring huge losses. An adverse ruling could cost him more than $100 million, but the real problem for the “leader of the free world” is the massive debt that he’s carrying. In the President’s disclosure forms he claimed to have made at least $434.9 million, but the 2018 tax data released by the Times paint a much different picture. Donald Trump had a loss of $47.4 million.

According to an earlier report by financial site Bloomberg, Trump’s debt was at least $605 million in 2016 and he has outstanding loans of $950 million from the Bank of China, Deutsche Bank and other creditors. So, how can Donald John Trump do his job as president without conflict while carrying such huge debts with financial institutions in at least two foreign countries?

I imagine this fresh evidence will not move hardcore fans of the Donald to have an epiphany and vote for Joe Biden. However, we now have excellent source material for new anti-Trump advertisements to point out the hypocrisy and criminal ways of our 45th President. I have included some screen shots from the latest effort to demonstrate Trump’s tax cheats.

Joe Biden Campaign Ad

Get ready to hear Trump’s minions tell us how smart he is in being able to beat the system and pay no taxes for decades. We already know from Mary L. Trump’s book that anti-government and anti-tax plots were firmly enacted by Fred Trump, Donald’s father. For many years, Fred Trump exploited a loophole in US tax law and used young Donald as a tax shelter for millions of dollars. According to Vanity Fair, “…Fred Trump and his wife, Mary, transferred more than $1 billion to their children, a gift that should have produced a tax bill of at least $550 million based on tax rates at the time. Instead, the Trumps ended up paying a mere $52.2 million, tax returns show.” Slimy tactics are systemic in the Trump family and, in the end, we will be able to see a clear picture of a selfish, lawless, pitiful pile of unamerican human beings.

This compost heap of lies, deceit and deception needs to STOP NOW. Unless Donald Trump and his family release all their tax returns, this gooey swamp of reality will seep into future generations of grifters and goofballs named Trump. It’s time for the I.R.S. to step up and do its job!

My father, who would be 107 years old if alive today, would be screaming and yelling at the TV learning that the President paid less tax than he did. He would use the old yarn; the laws are different for rich people. This is not going to go away, and without a full disclosure of Trump’s tax records why should we let him continue giving more money to his rich friends and donor corporations? Trump will never admit to his lies. Liars don’t do that; they just create more lies to cover up the harsh facts.

Joe Biden Campaign Ad

Short of someone photocopying the summary page of every Trump tax return and posting them online (not a bad idea, New York Times) many of the Donald’s loyal minions and sycophants will dismiss the facts as rooted in a socialist plot. It’s funny, in a sick way, that Republicans who kept preaching for years about financial responsibility, are now endorsing a criminal enterprise operating out of the White House.

For almost four years on this blog, I have been saying that Donald Trump didn’t pay any taxes and was attempting to bilk the US Treasury out of millions. Now we learn that the Secret Service has paid millions to the Trump Organization for guest rooms that were, at times, not even used. Trump’s golf course has charged the government outlandish fees to put up associates and visitors even when cheaper lodging located closer to events wasn’t used.

I propose that every American get a Donald Trump rebate for his damaged goods and improperly rendered services. Doesn’t each of us deserve a $750 Trump Rebate?  It seems fair to me that we should all be reimbursed according to his tax payments.

I have no respect for Trump. I want him gone from any position of power as soon as possible. It’s time for this tax evader, draft dodger, pussy grabbing asshole to leave, and all of us have the power to make it happen!

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SEVERE PERSONALITY DISORDER

“Person, woman, man, camera, TV”

A lucky person gets old and lives as long as possible. Age brings some slowing down physically and some less than glowing moments mentally. A doctor I’ve spent a lot of time with summed it up this way, “Plaque builds up in your brain and there’s nothing you can do about it.” I followed up with, “Well, Mrs. Lincoln, did you enjoy the play?” My mother left us having Alzheimer’s disease and I wonder if those who share her DNA might be prone to such a fate in later years.

We expect and should demand that our presidents be in reasonably good health, both physically and mentally. Seventeen years before he was elected president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was confined to a wheelchair because he suffered from poliomyelitis (Polio), which could have been a misdiagnosis. He probably had Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS), an autoimmune neuropathy, but FDR’s doctors never thought that was possible. The press and the White House went out of their way to avoid showing the 32nd President in a wheelchair. This conspiracy extended to his four terms, but he died shortly into his fourth term. The 22nd Amendment limits all presidents to two terms, thank God.

Starting in the 1940s, John Fitzgerald Kennedy suffered Addison’s disease and in 1955 he was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, an insufficient output of thyroid hormones. The symptoms of this disorder include paleness, intolerance to cold, depression and a low heart rate. I guess that’s why he chased women. Both the womanizing and the ailments were known by some but not reported at that time. Woodrow Wilson, our 28th President, suffered a severe stroke in October of 1919 and was incapacitated for the remainder of his presidency. He left the White House in 1921 and died in 1924. Historians believe his second wife, Edith Wilson, ran the Executive Branch for the last year of the term.

That brings us to Donald Trump. If you have read the books by John Bolton and Trump’s niece, Mary L. Trump, you would be totally convinced that Trump should never have been elected President and that he should be removed from office as soon as possible. Not to beat a sick horse, but a stark quote from Bolton’s book, In the Room Where It Happened, makes me believe there is something seriously wrong with Donald Trump. “Mulvaney put the call through, and Mnuchin gave Trump the same analysis I had. Trump agreed, hours after disagreeing with precisely the same points, to keep the decisions in place. Hearing this, I asked Mulvaney if I had not been clear about this the day before. “You were very clear about it,” said Mulvaney, “but sometimes it takes two or three tries to get it through.” Mind you, this was not a conversation about choosing a restaurant for dinner, they were discussing a national security issue. Could plaque be wining?

Dr. Ronnie Jackson

Trump’s buddy and former White House doctor, Dr. Ronnie Lynn Jackson will most likely win the Congressional seat for the 13th district of Texas. If you remember, Jackson was nominated by Trump to be the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs, but withdrew his bid when questions arose about his conduct while working. It was alleged he dispensed sleeping pills to staffers on long flights, he drank on the job and he created a hostile working environment. But hey, this just proves that anybody can run for office.

Back in 2018, Dr. Ronnie administered the annual physical of the President. When finished, Jackson stood in the press room at the White House to give a glowing, almost adoring, report on the President’s health. Not only did Jackson reinforce a notion that the Donald has superior DNA, but he dropped the fact that he gave Trump a cognitive test. I believe it was the MONTREAL COGNITIVE ASSESSMENT, which you can learn more about here. I must point out that test was administered to Trump two years ago. It’s not clear why Dr. Jackson used that instrument unless Trump asked for it, wanting to prove something.

SIDE BAR: For the last six years of his life, Fred Trump, Donald’s father, suffered from Alzheimer’s disease before dying of pneumonia in June 1999. This might be the reason our President wanted to be checked for cognitive decline. He has a strange need to overstate his intelligence and strength. I’m sure it’s due to a deep inferiority complex, but I am not a doctor.

There was a common quip when I was young that went something like this. A crazy person never admits they are crazy. If someone said, “Yeah, sure, I’m nuts!” it led to a belief they weren’t. So, is Trump’s brain in decline? Is he suffering from a severe personality disorder? Let’s me state this very clearly, his defensiveness is a disorder in and of itself.

Some people over-explain things, but that is not necessarily caused by a brain misalignment. However, when speech patterns are extremely repetitive and defensive, one could be led into an armchair analysis. I agree with Mary L. Trump’s supposition that young Donald suffered from a learning disability that caused problems absorbing, retaining and understanding information. Such an incapacity could impair the ability of a president to effectively govern. The wheelchair didn’t keep FDR from winning a World War and JFK’s Addison’s kept him awake at night which probably gave him more time to work, but I worry about our 45th President.

We have heard all the cutting comments from Trump’s critics, but there might be something else in play when he attempts to project worries about his own cognitive durability onto Biden. Trump often accuses others of something he has already done or is about to do. He’s transparent with his flaws but secretive on normal business. It’s clear that he doesn’t know how to act like a president.

Donald Trump’s rambling the other day with Dr. Marc Siegel on Fox News was farcical. He was bragging about scoring a perfect score on a test to determine whether his mind is in decline or showing the onset of dementia. It’s always perfect with Trump, a perfect letter, a perfect call, a perfect meeting. There is never any gradation with him. The Montreal test isn’t about the score, it’s the way answers are given and any delays requiring prompts from the doctor. The score is one aspect of the test, but the doctor’s evaluation and interpretation equally matter. I wouldn’t let Dr. Ronnie Jackson play doctor with my grandkids, let alone believe anything he says about his God figure, Donald Trump. Jackson’s election pitch in Texas was entirely focused on his friendship with Trump. Jeez!

I feel sorry when hearing Trump go over the recall aspect of his test and his repetition of the words, “Person, woman, man, camera, TV.” He’s so proud of a perfect score and somehow believes he achieved something no other person ever has. I’m reminded of a toddler bragging to his mommy about going potty. Dr. Jackson is just another enabler, vocalizing drugs to get the American people hooked on the absurd notion that Trump is supernatural. If Donald has the same DNA as his father, his ending will be similar. Sorry, it’s just science.

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PROOFLESS PRESIDENT

Poor Donald the Victim

Missouri has a great nickname, The Show Me State.  They say that people from Missouri have a devotion to simple common sense. In 1899, Representative Willard D. Vandiver said, “Frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I’m from Missouri.”

When Donald Trump and his father, Fred, were accused of violating the Fair Housing Act in New York in the early 1970s, the Human Rights Commission claimed that Trump rental agents had used a code on applications to note if the applicant was African-American or Hispanic so they could prevent them from renting a Trump property. The company was sued by the DOJ in 1973. The case was settled out of court and Trump claimed he did nothing wrong. He had no proof of the Feds’ accusation nor did he have proof of innocence.

He then created the Trump Foundation which, according to public records, has raised $9.3 million from outside sources. Trump hasn’t put any money into the Foundation since 2008, but that is not the problem. The organization never registered the charity with the state of New York. Vince and Linda McMahon, the wrestling people, gave the Foundation a bunch of money, and now Linda runs the Small Business Administration, a political appointment. Was that a long-term pay to play scenario?

It has been alleged that Trump diverted taxable incomes (personal and business) into the Foundation by urging people who owed him money to pay it back directly into the foundation. Without tax returns from Donald J. Trump, we cannot disprove that the Foundation was laundering money. Again, no proof of innocence.

According to the very well-written book, The Case for Impeachment by Allan J. Lichtman, Donald Trump and his organization broke laws by trying to put a casino in Cuba when there was a total embargo on that country. They spent $68,000 in Cuba to explore investment opportunities. The embargo disallowed money to be spent in Cuba. Was Trump changing the rules on travel to Cuba, really just a way to hurt the Marriott corporation’s current efforts to build hotels there?  Again, no proof of innocence.

Lichtman also points out that “Trump was fined $200,000 by New Jersey regulators for removing African-American and female employees from the crap tables at the request of a high roller.” Again, no proof of innocence.

We all know about Trump University, which turned out to be a scam to defraud hopeful students out of their hard-earned money for nothing of real value or opportunities in real estate. Trump claimed no wrong doing, but settled out of court. Again, no proof of innocence.

Trump building projects have exploited undocumented workers. Look no further than the Polish undocumented laborers who were employed on the demolition project for the buildings removed to construct Trump Tower. According to Time magazine, “The men were putting in 12-hour shifts with inadequate safety equipment at subpar wages that their contractor paid sporadically, if at all. A lawyer for many of the Poles demanded that the workers be paid or else he would serve Trump with a lien on the property. One Polish worker even went to Trump’s office to ask him for money in person, according to sworn testimony and a deposition filed under oath in a court case.” Again no proof of innocence.

For years Donald J. Trump claimed that President Barack Obama was not born in America and his crusade of delegitimizing the 44th President. Trump claimed he hired investigators who went to Hawaii and then had the audacity to call victory when Obama finally released a copy of his birth certificate. Trump never apologized for his unproven farce, but his statement on the issue had no empathy or comprehension of the damage his charges caused. He simply said, “President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Period.” Again, no proof of innocence.

And that brings us to his biggest cover-up of all. His public denials that no one in his administration met with any Russians during his campaign or transition to the presidency. He lied, or if you want to give him the benefit of the doubt, he had no idea what his comrades were doing while he wasn’t in the room. Really? I thought he was on top of everything.

He keeps tweeting that this “Russia-Trump story” is a “hoax” and he uses language like, “With all of its phony unnamed sources & highly slanted & even fraudulent reporting, #Fake News is DISTORTING DEMOCRACY in our country!” (7-16-2017)

When reading the Don Jr. emails, I keep asking myself, did they make this up? It’s so revealing and stupid that it really does feel like “FAKE NEWS.” But it’s not and it proves that Donald Trump is not the victim here. If Jared Kushner didn’t tell candidate Trump about that meeting, he should be fired. Again, no proof of innocence.

There is not much “frothy eloquence” from those in power right now, but they need to step up and show us something. They must prove they had nothing to do with the possible desecration of our election process. Hey, Trump, the longer you wait to explain what really happened the more your lies collide with each other in the ether of history. So far, I have seen no proof of his innocence.