Saturday, April 20, 2024

What Fate Awaits Trump --- The Presidency or Prison?

There's no question former President Donald Trump is a rich man. After all, he was perpetually on "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" with Robin Leach during the 1980's and Robin didn't showcase paupers! Trump is an American legend when it comes to self-promotion as much as he is a mega successful real estate mogul and entrepreneur. He is the originator of the "art of the deal".

Trump has owned numerous high end properties throughout New York City, including the flagship "Trump Towers" with its exclusive condos owned by the "Who's Who" of  high society, and exclusive boutique stores whose names alone ooze money and the historic art deco styled "40 Wall Street" building. 

"The Donald" as he's known has published several books on the "Art of the Deal" as he likes to call his own game theory version of making business deals. He's owned a casino, a airline company, golf courses, and a university. Oh, and he's been President of the United States.

The former president's four year term was fraught with bitter Beltway infighting, backbiting, betrayal, and filled with enough intrigue to fill a Tom Clancy novel. President Trump promised the American People that he would restore our former Republic, which has been hijacked by corporate elites and others who've turned America into a neo-fascist corporatocracy; an oligarchy overseeing what might as well be called a "surveillance state". 

Trump promised Americans that he would "drain the swamp" that is Washington DC  and rid it of its slimy creatures that includes banksters, lobbyists, special interests groups, corrupt politicians and bureaucrats. He said he would secure our southern border and reverse illegal immigration (which has become a defacto invasion), which included building a wall, prevent unnecessary wars while rebuilding the military, improve our healthcare system, strengthen Social Security, among other things.

One of Trump's most notable accomplishments occurred even before taking the oath of office as our 45th president, when "the Donald" was successful in doing what few thought could be done. He defeated Hillary Clinton, the darling of liberals everywhere. In fact, polls showed that with 12 days until the election, Hillary was leading everywhere.

Nobody on the Left could believe that Hillary had been denied her due; that there would be no long overdue coronation.  What had happened? Who was to blame---the Russians? The Chinese? Secret backroom financial deals?  Everyone was to blamed except Hillary's hubris.

 The politically inexperienced  "Donald" somehow managed to defeat a former political operative, former First Lady, former U.S. Senator, and former Secretary of State 30 states to 20. The electoral votes, which are what decide elections, not the number of votes cast, went to Trump, the political outsider, by a margin of 304 to 227 (Hillary did carry the popular vote, 48.2% to 46.1%).

The defeat was so complete that Hillary disappeared; some claim she had a literal meltdown while others claimed that she was allegedly secretly planning Trump's financial and political, execution. Regardless, when she reemerged she was a changed person, barely able to conceal her bitterness, anger, and emotional pain.

Trump's four year term was marked with internal and external political fights and delays from both sides of the aisle. Republican leaders no less than their Democrat counterparts couldn't---and wouldn't---come to grips with how an outsider managed to usurp power from the Status Quo.

As a result, they did their best to undermine Trump's Administration at every turn, even resorting to political subterfuge when necessary while the mainstream media launched into  daily efforts at character assassination which continues to present day. 

Trump and many in his administration have faced unprecedented professional and personal attacks resulting in numerous lawsuits and ending political careers. A few were even sent to prison while the investigation into Jeffery Epstein's murder...err...."suicide"...and his alleged island of pedophilia for the rich and famous remains in limbo just as Hunter Biden (Joe Biden's son) supposed bribery and extortion allegations have gone nowhere. I wonder why that is?

Currently Donald Trump has some 91 felony charges pending against him. If convicted on any one of them, he would be disqualified from serving as president, and yet Trump's popularity remains so high that he is unopposed in the Republican Primary.

His early opponents, which included Nikki Haley, Chris Christie, Tim Scott, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Trump's former Vice President, Mike Pence, all bowed out after having been steamrolled early on by Trump. It's worth noting that Scott and Ramaswamy both later endorsed Trump. 

Now he faces his former opponent,  President Joe Biden. However, Biden isn't the same man he was in 2020. He has managed to accomplish virtually nothing of note during his four year in office and few want to see him back in the Oval Office again. His Vice President has consistently been rated the lowest of any Vice President in U.S. history. Lastly, at 81 years of age, Biden's mental facilities are questionable at best.  

Think about this for a moment. With barely 30 days until the GOP Primary, the only candidate standing is the one with some 91 felonies pending against him. Convection on any one of them disqualifies Trump and leaves no one as the Republican Presidential nominee.

Meanwhile, "the Donald" continues battling the charges, and while winning most of them thus far, has managed to rack up more than $540 million dollars in legal bills! In early March 2024, Trump had to put up a $91.6 million dollar bond as he appealed a defamation case against him on filed on behalf of writer E. Jean Carroll.

Trump had been ordered to pay $83.3 million dollars in damages for allegedly verbally "attacking" her following the writer's allegations of sexual assault. He was also ordered to pay Carroll $5 million after he was found guilty of libel for sexual assault and defamation in E. Jean Carroll's lawsuit against Trump.

Speaking of lawsuits, Trump has been ordered to pay $383,000 in legal fees following the loss of a lawsuit filed by Orbis Business Intelligence over a controversial information concerning Trump and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election (no interference was proven).

He was ordered to pay a whopping $454.4 million dollars for allegedly "misstating" the value of his corporate assets, along with interest. This is part of a larger judgment against Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg in the amount of $465 million dollars. But wait, there's more...much more.

Trump was ordered to pay the New York Times just under $400,000 in legal fees after the court tossed his lawsuit over the newspaper acquiring and publishing his tax records without his permission.  There was also the question as to how the newspaper was able to obtain Trump's private tax records since he didn't authorize their release. I guess that means your private financial information isn't so private after all.

Donald Trump and one of his lawyers, Alina Habba were ordered to jointly pay sanctions over his lawsuit against Hillary Clinton and other Democrats over claims that the 2016 presidential Election was "rigged". The judge order that Habba and Trump pay $937,989.39 following a blistering statement by the judge accusing Trump of trying to further his political agenda by filing a frivolous lawsuit. The lawsuit was subsequently thrown out.

The Trump Organization was found guilty of criminal tax fraud and tax evasion and ordered to pay $1.6 million dollars. As hard as it is to believe, Trump still faces additional civil lawsuits which, if he losses, could result in paying millions more in fines (plus interest), not to mention the 91 felony charges and four criminal charges stemming from the January 6th protests which could also include possible prison time.

According to Forbes, Donald Trump has a net worth of about $2.6 billion dollars. He has $413 million in cash and liquid assets, which sounds like a lot to us mere morals. However, this may not be enough to pay the full amount of the judgments against along with interest. As a result, he may be forced to significantly reduce his holdings, including selling many of his famous properties such as Trump Towers or Mar-a-Largo.

Nevertheless, it would appear that when this is all said and done, "the Donald" may be a financially and psychologically broken man. There is no way anyone can endure what he has and not be mentally or physically affected. On top of all this, he is still running for president, which in itself, is a grueling and exhaustive experience.

It appears, at least to me, that the power-that-be, the ruling elite behind the neo-fascist corporatocracy that is America these days, are determined to both "punish "Trump as well as make him into a warning that while you can make all the promises you want  about reform while campaigning, there will be no challenge to the Status Quo. It exists as an unassailable force as much as any "mafia family" ever has.

If Trump is convicted on any one of the 91 felony charges, his presidential aspirations are over. The RNC National Committee will  assuredly select a properly vetted individual; someone who won't rock the boat.  Who that will be I don't know. I'll leave that to you to suggest, but I have a few ideas.

If Trump manages to survive and win the election, don't look for the same 2016 president. While he'll still be as bombastic as ever, Trump will be forced to follow the playbook dictated to him by the Status Quo or face more legislative roadblocks, continued ridicule and harassment by the media (which is devastating for people who have egos like Trump) and possibly even legal troubles. As former Speaker of the House, Sam Rayburn, once said, "to get along you have to go along", meaning "the Donald" will have to play nice for the next four years if he wants to get anywhere. 

Of course, Trump has never been one to bow down to anyone.  A newly elected Trump could decide to go after the RNC, the mainstream media, and God knows who else. He could be a "man on a mission" intent on payback and putting America's house in order at any cost. 

As was said of Julius Caesar, "to save the Republic, it was necessary to destroy the Republic", but our Republic has already been destroyed. In its place is a barely veiled neo-fascist corporatocracy led by super rich oligarchs who make Trump look like a pauper (especially after all those fines and penalties are paid).

An ego bruised Trump may feel as if he has nothing to lose.  If that becomes the case, and given his army of devoted "Trumpsters", America could be in for a bumpy ride over the next four years. But then too, there aren't too many people who could blame him under the circumstances and no one is wanting four more years of Joe Biden. 

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