One of my favourite Op-Ed writers, as most of you know, is Nicholas Kristoff who writes for the New York Times. He is first and foremost a humanitarian, traveling the world and writing about the human condition. He is also, on occasion, a political satirist. Today’s column is a must-read! I cannot print the entire column, but here are a few snippets:
- Once upon a time, in New York City in the 1950s, a little boy didn’t like his second-grade music teacher, Charles Walker. So, the boy later boasted, he slugged Mr. Walker, giving him a black eye.
- There are now more than 20 books out about Trump, and while I can’t claim to have read them all — I am not a masochist! — I have waded through his life story so that you don’t have to. You’re welcome!
- Donald attended the New York Military Academy, where he thrived despite a regrettable attempt to throw a smaller student out a second-floor window.
- At about the age of 25, he was named president of Trump Management. Unfortunately, the Trumps seemed to have a policy in some properties of not renting to blacks. If a black person did make it as far as filling out an application, it was coded — in some cases, “C” for “colored” — to make sure it was not accidentally approved. The Nixon administration sued the Trumps in 1973 for breaking anti-discrimination laws.
- Something similar happened with Donald Trump’s pageants. He began with the American Dream Calendar Girl Model Search, but that led to a lawsuit from a woman who said that Trump had groped her and restrained her in his daughter’s bedroom. The lawsuit also alleged that Trump had directed that “any black female contestants be excluded” from his parties.
- Trump’s [unsuccessful] venture into casinos. Anyone who had invested in his only public company, Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts, when it listed in 1995, would have lost about 90 cents on the dollar by 2005.
- Trump as a candidate has, of course, refused to release his tax returns. But many years ago he was obliged to release them for casino regulatory filings — and at that time he paid no federal income tax at all.
- Even as a child, he personified privilege and entitlement. In business, he proved a genius at marketing himself but grew his fortune more slowly than if he had put his wealth in a stock index fund. He made a mess of his personal life and has been repeatedly accused of racism, of cheating people, of lying, and of stiffing charities.
- Over seven decades, there’s one continuous theme to his life story: This is a narcissist who has no core. The lights are on, but no one’s home.
There are so many episodes in which Trump has revealed his true nature, from childhood all the way up until … well, yesterday! Here are a few headlines from recent weeks to ponder:
- Donald Trump’s long history of clashes with Native Americans
- Incorrigible. Bully: Little Donny was a lot like candidate Donald Trump
- As its stock collapsed, Trump’s firm gave him huge bonuses and paid for his jet
- Donald Trump said ‘university’ was all about education. Actually, its goal was: ‘Sell, sell, sell!’
- Trump once revealed his income tax returns. They showed he didn’t pay a cent.
- Former Mafia-linked figure describes association with Trump
- Donald Trump masqueraded as a publicist to brag about himself
- From playboy to president? Trump’s past crude sex talk collides with his White House bid.
- Inside the rocky billionaire bromance of Donald Trump and Carl Icahn
And these don’t even begin to address his 3,500+ lawsuits, messy divorces, refusal to release tax returns, multiple bankruptcies, support of such leaders as Putin, Jong-un, and Hussein, or the fact that his clothing is actually manufactured in, of all places, China!
And still, the lemmings will follow him off the cliff. An excellent post by fellow-blogger Hugh Curtler goes a long way toward explaining the lemmings, as best they can be explained, anyway. Be sure to check it out!