One reason the “false equivalence” people on the Bernie left piss me off so much is because their rhetoric just doesn’t match reality. The funny thing is, they seem to adopt the same sort of “alternate reality” that only they know. If that seems familiar, it’s because it’s the same crap Alex Jones pulls. They accuse Democrats of being just as craven and as heartless as the Republican Party is these days, and they can always pull some sort of individual “fact” out of the deep recesses of their rectum, to show that, indeed, the Democrats and Republicans are basically two sides of the same corrupt coin.
Well, with this article, I intend to offer proof that the Democratic Party and Republican Party are nowhere near alike. In fact, they have never been farther apart. Here goes:
There is no possible way the Democratic Party would nominate Donald Trump for dog catcher, let alone president.
Yes, I said it. There is no possible way Donald Trump could win anything as a Democrat. I don’t just mean he could never be a Democratic president; he couldn’t win the House or Senate, or hold a seat in a state legislature or any electe office. How can I be so sure, you ask? It’s because Republican politicians must push certain buttons in a Republican primary that would disqualify them from ever winning a Democratic primary. Trump is a full-fledged, card-carrying modern Republican, primarily because he gets his talking points from right wing talk radio. And when i say that, I do not mean he gets them from the Alex Jones- Rush Limbaugh – Sean Hannity wing of the GOP. I mean, he mostly gets his talking points from the CALLERS to that tripe. This is why he is so outrageous; he represents himself as everything the worst Republicans in the country want from a politician. They don’t care if he does anything, they only care that he “says what they’re thinking.” The problem is, thinking isn’t actually a strong suit for either Trump himself or his deplorable followers.
What is Donald Trump, you ask? Well…
Trump is a Bigot
Whenever someone asks me if I think Donald Trump is racist, I always flash back to the “All in the Family” episode where Archie Bunker meets Sammy Davis, Jr. Basically, Lionel Jefferson assures Davis that Archie would never burn a cross on someone’s lawn, but Davis suggests that he might stop to toast some marshmallows. To me, that’s Trump in a nutshell. Trump plays to the ever-shrinking Archie Bunker set. I’d say he still uses dog whistles, but after Charlottesville, and his inability to condemn Nazis and the KKK, he seems to be more overt. Compare his treatment of Texas, Florida and Louisiana after their storm damage to his treatment of Puerto Rico now. Like most Republicans, Trump seems to be aware that he can’t be openly hostile to People of Color these days, but the dog whistles he sends to the white supremacist movements are frightening. I have no doubt that, if a Black man was to be lynched tomorrow, Trump wouldn’t approve of it openly, but he would likely ignore it. In his mind, strong women and strong minorities seem to be lesser than him.
Trump has quite a history of discrimination against People of Color. In 1973, the real estate company Trump owned with his father was taken to court for a pattern of discrimination against Blacks and other minorities when it came to property rentals in Brooklyn and Queens. Managers were told outright not to rent to non-whites. And lest you think the case was just an accusation and was never proven, think again. The Department of Justice sent in two undercover “testers,” one black woman and one white woman, to a Trump building in 1972. Except for race, the two women were essentially identical, but the black woman was told there was nothing available, while the white woman was given her choice of two available condos. DOJ investigators discovered that Trump employees marked minority applicants with special codes and routinely steered minorities away from buildings that were mostly white. Stupidly, Trump fought the accusations, claiming he didn’t want “the government” telling him who he could rent to. (Again, while he’s louder than most Republicans, this is GOP orthodoxy.) That cost him, though and he and his father were forced to settle and promise to comply with the Fair Housing Act. They even had to attend training, so they couldn’t plead ignorance the next time.
You may think Trump has learned his lesson in recent years, but there is little evidence of that. A couple years ago, on the Celebrity Apprentice, Trump attacked former “Cosby Show” actress Keshia Knight Pulliam because she didn’t solicit Bill Cosby for funds for one of the stupid contests for that show. This was just after the Cosby rape allegations had come to light and she didn’t feel comfortable approaching Cosby, which was understandable. Also, Trump is a birther and there is little more racist than implying that the first black president isn’t qualified because he wasn’t born here.
Trump’s bigotry seems to come from a strong sense of “other”- ness. He has zero tolerance for undocumented immigrants, but only for the brown-skinned ones, given that he may have married one. He is insanely prejudiced against Latinos. This, despite the fact that only slightly more than half of all undocumented immigrants are from Mexico and points south. A great many of them are from Canada, Europe and Australia, but he never talks about them. Trump has absolutely no respect for Latinos. It’s not just the racist comments he made in his announcement speech, where he suggested that Mexico was sending us all of its rapists and criminals (a meme that is straight out of the ignorant redneck white supremacist handbook, by the way) to the United States and that he was going to build a big, beautiful wall and make Mexico pay for it. Remember what he did to Jorge Ramos of Univision? Ramos was an American-born Spanish-language television journalist, who committed the unpardonable sin of asking Trump a question during a press conference, and Trump threw Ramos out of the place.
Trump is also a hypocrite, since he seems to have no problem hiring them himself. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida hired 200 Polish workers who were here illegally to demolish a building that was in the way of another gaudy Trump Tower. In recent years, Mar-a-Lago has thrown out the applications of hundreds of Floridians who applied to work there in favor of applying for 1,100 temporary visas for immigrant workers, mostly from Europe. In addition to that, Trump Model Management and Trump Management Group LLC have brought hundreds of fashion models into the country on temporary visas. We know this because Melania was one. It’s also interesting to wonder how many of his closest followers are aware that Trump also traded visas to the Chinese in return for heavy investments in Trump projects. Most of those people actually took jobs Americans wanted.
Trump is a misogynist
As noted, Trump’s dressing-down of Keshia Knight Pulliam for not wanting to exploit her relationship with Bill Cosby is a typical example of how Trump views women. So is his treatment of Megyn Kelly, former Fox News host who called him out a few times during Republican debates. He has repeatedly called Kelly a “lightweight” and bullied her repeatedly on Twitter, calling her a “bimbo” repeatedly. And when she asked hm questions he didn’t like at one if the Republican Klown Kar debates, he suggested that she was asking him those types of questions because she was “bleeding out of her whatever.” And of course, we all know now about his dscussions with Billy Bush, in which he essentially admits to sexual assault.
He has a long history Of misogyny. He obviously sees women as objects who are here for amusement and he is also obviously scared to death of a strong woman. Even when he likes a woman, he will invariably talk about her in terms of her looks because that is how he values women. His attacks on Rosie O’Donnell have become the stuff of legend. He’s called her a “pig” and he makes it clear that he can’t talk about her without insulting her looks. He has also referred to Arianna Huffington as a “dog” and he has referred to Sarah Jessica Parker as the “least sexiest woman alive.” (sic) Not only do his constant attacks on women indicate an inflated sense of self, but it reveals a mentality in which he is unable to see women as equal in any way. He is also too immature to see women in any other terms but the physical. To Trump, every women is valued based on whether he’d want to screw her.
When I say he truly fears strong women, that is clear because most of the women he attacks are generally women who stand up for themselves and demonstrate a high level of strength and ability. If you look at the progression of his wives, he obviously has a strong need for a trophy wife who is willing to give him a feeling of power. Trump demonstrates a strong need to believe that women are the “weaker sex” and he only allows strong women in his organizations if they defer to his power and authority. For example, when “The Apprentice” started sinking in the ratings in 2006, the first thing Trump did was fire Carolyn Kepcher and replace her with his daughter Ivanka. He’ll give all kinds of excuses for the decision, but it’s hard to deny that the real problem was that the public liked her on the show too much and it was cutting into his popularity.
The fact that Trump is known as a “womanizer” and was even sued for raping a 13-year-old girl years ago seemed to have created a large yawn in the press because they preferred to talk about Hillary Clinton’s emails. Worse, they paid little attention to the content of the emails and instead focused on the servers. It’s not a big deal that he was a “womanizer;” many such men have been good presidents. However, rape is another story. Rape is a violent crime and an accusation of such a crime should be a lot more concerning than a candidate’s email practices unless the candidate in question was sending child pornography. This wasn’t even the only accusation of rape against Trump during the campaign; there were actually three, and all credible. In fact, all reportedly received threats from Trump operatives if they continued to move forward. Why are these not stories, journalists? You could be working with Bob Mueller, instead of waiting for him to write a report.
Trump is a Scam Artist
Not only did Donald Trump sell snake oil to the Republican faithful and his biggest supporters during the election, but he continues to scam taxpayers with his shenanigans since taking office. He is using the office as a selling point for The Trump Organization, which is illegal and unconstitutional, but he is also trying to live a billionaire’s lifestyle while pretending to act as “president.” Not that he knows what that means, of course.
Trump has a lifetime of experience as a scam artist. Much of his wealth has been the result of scams of one type or another, starting with the fact that no one knows how much wealth he actually has or what his tax bill is. He refuses to release his tax returns; no one who knows about this stuff thinks he’s worth the $10 billion he claims, but it feeds into the narrative he wants to present, in which he is a master businessman who will use his incredible business acumen to save us all. Never mind that businessmen almost never make great presidents or even politicians; to Trump’s faithful minions, logic and reality don’t really matter. Trump’s entire campaign and presidency has been a first class scam, not that unlike his Trump University scam.
The “school” was marketed as a way to teach its “students” how to become real estate moguls like its namesake. Of course, but it was not a school. In fact, a lawsuit was filed by the New York State Education Department against Trump University for operating without a license. The response, of course, wasn’t to shut down the scam, but to change the name to the Trump Entrepreneur Initiative. He was still fleecing people by promising the same things, but he did so with a different name. Trump claimed he “hand-picked” the instructors, but many of them had no background in real estate and some were convicted felons. Trump also made sure students had access to the student loan system to pay for their “education,” although there never was a set curriculum. The “school” ran for six years and conned thousands into spending way too much money on a scheme that was only designed to make Trump money. Many of them figured this out, so they filed a huge lawsuit, Trump had no choice but to settle right after he “won” the election.
That’s just the tip of the scam iceberg, anyway. At one point, Trump started an investment company called the American Communications Network (ACN). ACN only sold only one product; a videophone that was only compatible with other ACN videophones. The business model for ACN was supposedly multi-level marketing, but many have described it as a pyramid scheme. Investors could buy into the telecommunications company for $500. They would sell a phone, then recruit the buyer into the fold to sell more and each person in the chain would get a small commission on every sale made downline. Over the nine-year history of this scam, investors lost hundreds of thousands of dollars, while Trump made millions. At one point, regulators in Australia and Canada flagged the company, although the courts there determined that it wasn’t a pyramid scheme. However, regulators in Montana determined that it was exactly that and they sent a cease-and-desist order to stop it. A court ruled that it was the investors who were at fault and ACN kindly agreed to offer additional training. And lest you think this is a long-ago Trump scam, it was 2015 when the company cut off orders, laid off 70 percent of its staff and filed a liquidation bankruptcy.
Don’t mistake that pyramid-like operation with The Trump Network, which Trump ran alongside the ACN debacle. Between 2009-2011, The Trump Network actually collected urine samples from customers and used junk science to sell them “customized” vitamins. Again, one “investor” would buy vitamins and then become sellers and then recruit other sellers and everyone would earn a commission downline. Not surprisingly, the company’s recruiters lost a lot of money this way and when the company was sold in 2012, Trump reaped all of the benefits.
This type of thing is typical of Trump. While he’s been able to con everyone into believing he’s a great businessman, it’s largely a joke. Trump Steaks were basically the same steaks you’d buy from your local Safeway, except with Trump’s name emblazoned on the package. Well, except for that time when he shipped some “Trump Steaks” that were still wrapped in “Bush Brothers Provisions” packaging. Then there’s Trump Magazine, a quarterly magazine that only produced a few issues and folded in 2009. During the campaign, he tossed a few copies into the audience at a campaign speech, but those weren’t actually his magazine, which was obvious because every actual copy of Trump Magazine had a Trump family member on the cover.
Another scammy aspect of Trump’s business approach comes with his later career in real estate. See, Trump doesn’t actually own or develop much real estate these days. Instead, he licenses the Trump name to other real estate developers, who then turn around and essentially scam condo buyers into thinking they’re buying into an actual Trump property. The developers lure investors with the Trump name, making them think they’re partnering with the famous businessman, instead of putting their money into a nondescript property, often built by someone with a shady record. In many cases, these investors don’t find out that Trump has nothing to do with the project until they lose their investment when the development fails and they try to sue him. Investors lose money, the people who put down deposits on condos lose money and Trump makes millions by selling his name and essentially shielding developers who may be attempting to scam buyers and investors. And in case you think failures of Trump-branded properties is rare, think again. Among many others, people have tried to sue Trump over developments that have failed in Canada and Mexico, as well as Florida and Hawaii, among others.
Of course, the main reason Trump was forced to become a scam artist is because…
Trump is Bad at Business
Trump is someone no one wants to do business with. And why do you think that is. Well, Trump has filed for bankruptcy four times and the main purpose for bankruptcy is to get out of paying your bills. Now, when you or I wipes out our credit card debt in bankruptcy court, a huge bank makes a few dollars less. However, when a real estate developer does it, people who worked to build up that property end up not being paid, which means jobs are lost and companies go out of business.
Trump’s bankruptcies say a lot about him. The first, in 1991, came after he borrowed $65 million against his real estate investments. Nine months after that his infamous Taj Mahal Casino left him about $4 billion in debt, so the company filed for bankruptcy. The second bankruptcy, in 1992, came when he was personally leveraged to just about $1 billion. The third came in 2004, when Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts filed for bankruptcy. For that one, Trump had to pay $72 million out of pocket. However, just five years later, the same company, which had been rechristened Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc., filed for bankruptcy again. These bankruptcies call into question a lot of things. It half explains his decision to not release his tax returns, but it also calls into serious question his exaggerated claims of personal wealth in excess of $8 billion. What does someone with that much wealth gain by filing so many bankruptcies? And what about all the business failures? According to Forbes magazine, Trump is worth $125 million, which seems more realistic.
It’s difficult to find business successes in Trump’s background. Except for early real estate ventures and his current real estate licensing scam, most of his businesses have failed miserably. He still pimps “The Art of the Deal,” his one best-selling novel, but he didn’t even write that, nor does he seem to know what’s in it. On the other hand, his business failures have been spectacular, such as his purchase of the New Jersey Generals in 1983, which essentially took down an entire football league. The Generals were part of the United States Football League, which enjoyed some success in its first season in the spring of 1982. That attention had waned somewhat by the end of its inaugural season, which is when Trump decided to buy the Generals for $9 million. Unfortunately, due to league overspending, the USFL lost $30 million in 1983. The USFL had always played its games in the spring so as to avoid competition with the NFL, but Trump worked his ample ass off to encourage the league to schedule games in the fall, opposite the NFL. He pushed this hard, in spite of the fact that no TV contracts were available at the time. Of course, the USFL folded soon after. Led by Trump, the USFL then filed a $1.69 billion antitrust lawsuit against the NFL. They won when the court acknowledged that the NFL was a monopoly and the USFL was awarded $3 in damages. That’s not $3 million or $3 billion. Thanks to Trump, they won THREE DOLLARS.
Again, this is a horrible businessman. Most of his businesses have failed spectacularly, like “Trump; The Game,” a board game he’s released twice, in 1989-1990 an again in 2005, just before “The Apprentice started sinking. How about Trump Airlines, also known as Trump Shuttle? He took out $380 million in loans from 22 small banks in 1988 to buy up one of the few profitable parts of the then-failing Eastern Airlines. Trump invested in all sorts of flashy-but-untested technology and employed his “luxury” taste in the décor of the planes, but the Trump Shuttle’s prices were too high, passengers never liked it and it never turned a profit.
Trump defaulted on those loans, by the way. This is another Trump pattern. One reason he’s rich is because he doesn’t actually pay for anything he does. When he was building the Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino in 1990, for example, he famously spent $1 million every week for his own personal expenses/extravagances, but Trump screwed contractors at the site out of more than $60 million. That means, while he was blowing $1 million a week on himself, the people who were depending on the contracts he signed to put food on their tables got exactly nothing. One glass contractor, Atlantic Plate Glass, tried to collect the $1.5 million Trump owed them for the glass work on the hotel, but Trump forced them to accept approximately 20 cents on the dollar compared to the original agreement. This is such a strong Trump tradition that the USA Freedom Kids, the three pre-teen girls who performed at a Trump rally in Florida during the campaign, had to file suit to collect the $2,500 he owed them. And if you’ll recall, even after the Trump campaign collected nearly $200 million in the last couple of months of the campaign, dozens of staffers quit because they weren’t being paid.
One reason Trump has relied so heavily on licensing his name is because contractors are unwilling to work for him and banks in this country won’t lend him money. We’ll find out more when Bob Mueller compiles all the facts, but it is possible that Russia got to Trump because theirs were among the few banks worldwide who would finance a Trump project. He’s lost on nearly every venture he has tried, like his travel website, GoTrump.com, which failed because Trump insisted on making as if he was making all the luxury travel recommendations himself. As if he would know anything about travel. He flies everywhere on his own jets and doesn’t sleep in hotels that don’t have his name on them. Also, how many people who are looking for luxury accommodations and private jet rentals are really looking for cheap travel? That idea was almost as stupid as Trump Mortgage, which he founded in 2006, when a lot of brokers were writing crooked mortgages. That one lasted a year, which may be why he started Trump Vodka, which was supposed to be a “super premium” vodka. Though its motto was “success distilled,” the company’s poor sales led it to close in a couple years.
Knowing all of this about Donald Trump, is it any wonder he is so bad at his current job?
Also published on Medium.