The word “one” hides inside the words honest and honor. Healthy humans don’t feel inner peace hiding lies. Mature, healthy humans eventually learn honesty is the best policy. But Donald Trump has never learned that simple life lesson. He had never had to. Trump has gotten away with being dishonest all his life – until now.
I knew Trump from U of P. He was a rich, big city playboy type. In our one common Wharton School class, International Finance, he rarely showed up. When I inquired about that, I discovered out he was paying a classmate to do his work for him, and that his dad was a big contributor to Penn. I was told “don’t worry about Donny”. I still remember those exact words. I was made to feel like I was out of my league for even asking.
I was a sophomore, when Donny was a senior. We all knew his dad was very rich. I got into Penn on a scholarship. Not sure if my dad could have afforded Penn without that. But paying for homework is a form of cheating, is it not? And is that not sort of what the college admission scandal was all about?
In the 1980’s, I was a jeweler on the AC Boardwalk and a very skillful blackjack player. Given the chance to play fairly, I could usually emerge with a small win. I was never a high-roller, but I can still memorize 52 cards, a skill I developed originally from playing gin rummy.
No casino came down harder on skilled players than Trump’s Plaza. They even told the cocktail servers not to serve the card-counters any drinks – not even water. Trump’s staff used to make up stories about skilled players, saying they use foul language, so they could throw them out for a cause on the books.
The Trump Plaza security staff accidentally killed one card counter when they “tazed” him and he had a pacemaker. I know the lawyer in AC that still has those details.
Anyone who is wealthy enough to own a casino, and is not willing to win and lose by the rules of the game they publish, is a cheater – because they are willing to change the rules of the game to win.
Trump often uses the word losers, something he also learned from his casino days. Trump always had to be the winner. Everyone else was a loser. That’s how Trump still sees people. Privately, Trump views his own MAGA folk as losers. Trump is on record saying, “We love the poorly educated”- a way of saying we like our supporters blind to what we do behind their backs.
Trump also cheated to win when he stiffed the contractors that built the casinos that made him a fortune. Awash in cash, he declared bankruptcy and moled his cash to foreign banks to avoid paying his fair share of taxes. These money-laundering schemes connected him to international financial criminals and the Russian mafia. Cheating to avoid taxes started Trump on a trail that eventually connected him to Vladimir Putin.
Donald Trump has been cheating to win his entire life. He even warned us of this on the campaign trail. “What does it all matter if I don’t win?”
Trump is still trying to cheat to win – even today. It’s what he knows best. He cries “fake news” when the truth is published. He has never really lost by cheating. Yes, he paid off the Trump University folks whom he cheated with false advertising – and women like Story Daniels – but he came out way ahead in those deals. Now Trump is now trying to cheat justice. It’s why it’s called obstruction of justice. And maybe, for the first time in his life, he won’t get away with it.
I don’t think Congress as a whole will help Trump obstruct justice. He may have dragged some congressmen into the swamp with him, but there are over 600 congresspeople. He can’t drag them all down. And the generals won’t go there. They have had their own gig here for 250 years. They won’t let Trump spoil that, and they shouldn’t. It feels like the truth will come out soon. I guess we will see soon.
Had Trump wad won the 2016 election fairly he would have had no need to fire Comey, which begat the Mueller Investigation. It was the cheater in Trump that instructed him to find a bribery-friendly sold out DA, Bill Barr – who should also be impeached in due time. Had Trump not been a cheater at heart, Ukraine and quid pro quo would not now be on his mind every waking moment. Had he not been a life-long cheater he might actually have had a chance to be a decent president. But alas, cheating to win has been Donald Trump’s modus operandi. He knows no other way.
After Trump tried to hold the 2020 G7 meeting at his now failing Doral County Club, Nick Mulvaney, his acting Secretary of State, said Donald Trump is in the hospitality business at heart. We get that. It could be argued that Trump was pretty good at that game, and maybe he longs to get back into it.
But if he wanted to stay in the hotel business, why did he even run for president? Did he really now know that eventually the truth about his life-long cheating would come out in the highly scrutinized office of President. But if you watch Trump’s body motion as he came to the stage with family to accept the win when Hillary conceded, you can see Donald was very wary about that had just happened. Trump knew what he coordinated with Putin in the election. He just got away with cheating to win again. But something told him he crossed a line. His father probably warned him to stay out of the limelight when cheating. Fred Trump was careful that way.
And so now, Donald Trump has absolutely no chance at all to be a decent president – or even a decent man. And we all pretty much know that. Even his base knows this down deep. The American people are not stupid losers the way he thinks.
To Donald with love,
Donald. It’s not the media. It’s not Pelosi and Schiff. It’s not Congress. It’s not the fake news. It’s you Donny. You have been a lifelong cheater. It started young. And maybe it is about to catch up with you at last. Fess up and make a deal to step down? Well that’s not you, is it? We don’t expect that maturity from you. We expect you will keep fighting and lying to the American people, concealing your taxes, abusing your power by instructing congresspeople to disrespect lawful subpoenas – obstructing justice at every turn.
The best thing that could happen to you, your family (and us) is that you actually get caught for cheating, leave the office of president and pay something for your crimes. But you still don’t know that do you? It’s never to late to turn over a new leaf – if you are sincere about it.
Then you could redeem yourself and perhaps rededicate your life to a selfless noble cause. Consider becoming a philanthropist, like Bush, Gates and Bill Clinton have done, at least to some degree. You will still have plenty of money left. You will be fine. Really. Just like that classmate said in 1967. It might even feel good to you. I say this with love for a fellow traveler on this earth. We are all the same – trying to make sense out of nonsense that way.
Make a deal to step down and not get caught too bad. You could say your feet hurt – again. Pardon my sarcasm. But you could devise one last lie and say you have to step down for health reasons. Right now, we’d take that. Just to spare us the Tarantino film ending this is likely to unravel into.