Grifters Gotta Grift

Exciting News From the Trump Administration!

I missed this yesterday (mea culpa!), but Michael Wolff had another bombshell excerpt in the NY Magazine, and this one is plenty fun:

…As the campaign came to an end, Trump himself was sanguine. His ultimate goal, after all, had never been to win. “I can be the most famous man in the world,” he had told his aide Sam Nunberg at the outset of the race. His longtime friend Roger Ailes, the former head of Fox News, liked to say that if you want a career in television, first run for president. Now Trump, encouraged by Ailes, was floating rumors about a Trump network. It was a great future. He would come out of this campaign, Trump assured Ailes, with a far more powerful brand and untold opportunities.

“This is bigger than I ever dreamed of,” he told Ailes a week before the election. “I don’t think about losing, because it isn’t losing. We’ve totally won.”

You see, we were right all along: it was a grift to improve Comrade Stupid’s brand. But wait, there’s more!

Shortly after 8 p.m. on Election Night, when the unexpected trend — Trump might actually win — seemed confirmed, Don Jr. told a friend that his father, or DJT, as he calls him, looked as if he had seen a ghost. Melania was in tears — and not of joy.

There was, in the space of little more than an hour, in Steve Bannon’s not unamused observation, a befuddled Trump morphing into a disbelieving Trump and then into a horrified Trump. But still to come was the final transformation: Suddenly, Donald Trump became a man who believed that he deserved to be, and was wholly capable of being, the president of the United States.

I totally love this bit:

The First Children couple were having to navigate Trump’s volatile nature just like everyone else in the White House. And they were willing to do it for the same reason as everyone else — in the hope that Trump’s unexpected victory would catapult them into a heretofore unimagined big time. Balancing risk against reward, both Jared and Ivanka decided to accept roles in the West Wing over the advice of almost everyone they knew. It was a joint decision by the couple, and, in some sense, a joint job. Between themselves, the two had made an earnest deal: If sometime in the future the opportunity arose, she’d be the one to run for president. The first woman president, Ivanka entertained, would not be Hillary Clinton; it would be Ivanka Trump.

Madame Preznint Complicit? This is about as tone-deaf as anything I can imagine: she really thought that the misogynists and Nazis that put her father in office would vote for a woman and a jew?

It’s a great read. We’re up to our ears in Claim Chowder.

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2 Responses to Grifters Gotta Grift

  1. sigh. Now is where my paranoid spidey senses are all a-tingly.

    Recall that trump, despite the yuuge …tracts of land…on his favoritest map ever, only won by a relative handful of votes throwing just the right districts his way. ISTR it was a matter of about 5K votes all told nationwide that really counted, in the end.

    Millions of illegal voters and vote fraud is a stupid concept, but hell, 5K is a rounding error. A rounding error in an era where WE KNOW foreign intelligence agencies were attacking our state elections systems in ways WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT TO THIS DAY.

    How many people were turned away because their voter registrations were inexplicably invalid, screwed up, etc? 5K? 10K? 100K?

    Stalin’s old adage about it only matter’s who is counting the vote doesn’t necessarily apply if you can make it so the ‘right’ people are blocked from voting.

    What continues to astonish me id that the GOP thinks that this megaratfuck will only ever be done to the Dems. When it’s “their turn in the barrel”, they’re going to be all Ned Beatty in “Deliverance”…

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  2. Bruce388 says:

    The excerpt compare’s Trump’s highly unlikely victory to the success of “Springtime for Hitler.” That comparison is as good as it gets.

    Someone compared the Trump campaign’s reaction to the victory to that of Milli Vanilli way back when. They had been faking their music and could have kept up that ruse as long as people weren’t paying too much attention. When they won an award they knew the trump was about to hit the fan.

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