Trump’s Main Problem: Cheating To Win

If Trump had won the 2016 election fairly he would have had no need to fire Comey, which begat Mueller. Had Trump not been a cheater at heart, Russia would not now be on his mind nearly every waking moment. And then he might actually have had a chance to be a decent president.

There is only one real truth. That’s why the word “one” hides inside the word honest. Unlike sociopaths, healthy humans don’t feel inner peace while hiding lies.  People who are well eventually learn to be honest with themselves.

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 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?

I moved back home after college. Margate was a sleepy Jersey shore town until casinos got approved in 1978. I met Trump again in 1985, when he opened the Trump Plaza. He remembered me from Penn back then. We said “hi” in his hi-roller room one day.

trump-cardBlackjack and Trump

In the 1980’s, I was 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 from playing gin rummy.

Unlike Vegas, there were no laws in AC that allowed casino staff to throw people out for skilled play. But at the level I was playing, the most I was going to win was maybe $200 a week. Fun money. Nothing serious. 

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! They 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. They were not fair sports in any sense of that word.

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. 

Once again, Trump was willing to do anything to keep anyone from beating him for even $200 a week. 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 win, but not lose.

Trump often uses the term, “losers”. It’s something he learned from his casino-owner days. Trump always has to be the winner. Everyone else is a loser. That’s how Trump still sees people. 

Trump was also willing to cheat to win by stiffing the contractors that built his casinos and declaring bankruptcy while awash in cash which he then moled to foreign banks. This 1980’s period is when his money-laundering schemes connected him to international financial criminals. Cheating to win at taxes. That is what started him on the trail that led him to RussiaThose chickens are now coming home to roost. 

Donald Trump has been cheating to win his entire life. He even warned us of this on the campaign trail with“what does it all matter if I don’t win?”  That is a quote.

And so, it should now be very clear that Donald Trump was more than willing to cheat to win the 2016 presidential election. Cheating would have been nothing new to him. Hopefully, that election cheating will soon be exposed.  

But even as you read this, Trump is still trying to cheat to win. He cries “fake news” when the truth is published. He asks Congressmen to get Russia off his back. Trump is now trying to cheat justice. It’s why they call it obstruction of justice.

I don’t think Congress as a whole will help Trump obstruct justice. He may have dragged some congressmen into the Russian 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. We will see. 

Had Trump not cheated in school and gotten away with it, he may not have cheated in business and then politics. If Trump had won the 2016 election fairly he would have had no need to fire Comey, which begat Mueller. Had Trump not been a cheater at heart, Russia would not now be on his mind nearly every waking moment. And then he might actually have had a chance to be a decent president. But cheating to win has been Trump’s modus operandi. I saw it when he was 20, 36 and now at 72.

And so Trump has absolutely no chance at all to be a decent president or even a decent man. And we all know that. Even his base knows this down deep. People are not stupid. People are not losers the way he thinks. 

To Donald with love,

Donald. It’s not the media. Its not Congress. It’s not your enemies. You have been a lifelong cheater. It started young. Fess up? Well that’s not you, is it?

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.

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. It might even feel good to you. I say this with love for a fellow traveler on this earth. We are all the same. 

Or maybe just make a deal to step down and not get caught. That’s okay too. 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. 



Author: josephsword - Joseph Aronesty attended University of Pennsylvania 1967-1971. Published songwriter and father of 5 sons. Discovered that English letters are hieroglyphs for a Stone Age language code that began about 100,000 years ago in Africa, derived from the body/sign language we used as hunters. His book "Deciphering the English Code" conveys this in a way one can understand. He is also one of the world's ground level e-commerce pioneers.

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