It is well known that Donald Trump has had a history of cut-corner, irresponsible dealings when it comes to money. To provide a cushion for his increasing debt load accumulated over the course of his campaign, he has relied on money from Russian investors with ties to Vladimir Putin. He also has had several of his entrepreneurial efforts go belly-up due to overwhelming debt. More egregiously, he scammed 5,000 people out of as much as $35,000 each with the cruel joke that was Trump University, later renamed the Trump Entrepreneur Initiative, since there’s no accreditation and not even a science department or any baseball, football basketball or hockey teams. He also has stiffed numerous employees and contractors for services rendered over the past thirty plus years and claims that he is “smart” because he was able to avoid taxes for nearly two decades because he lost almost billion dollars during a single fiscal year.
On October 24, 2016, The Telegraph reported that key supporters involved with the Great America PAC, a group involved with organizing advertisements for Trump, planned to channel $2 million from a Chinese donor into the campaign to elect Trump, despite the fact that the Federal Elections Commission forbids foreign nationals from contributing to U.S. political campaigns.
Ironically, Trump has asserted in the past that SuperPACs are “a disaster,” has used Hillary Clinton’s reliance on outside groups for campaign contributions and has even has accused China of “stealing American jobs” despite the fact that China’s economy is not as strong as it was about a decade ago. Though it is no surprise that he has become desperate in the face of damning footage of him bragging about his right to commit sexual assault, numerous women coming forward disclosing that he assaulted them and Hillary Clinton maintaining an average lead over him in the polls of five to six percentage points, once again, he has revealed himself as the man in the glass house throwing stones. Though he is as underhanded as Nixon, he is far more indiscreet, accident-prone and obvious.
More recently, On October 27, 2016, Anselmo Henrique Cordeiro Lopes, an attorney from the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Brasília, Brazil confirmed in a public filing that not long before the 2016 Summer Olymipcs in Rio de Janeiro, the Fundo de Garantia do Tempo de Serviço (Guaranteed Fund for Time of Service), the national employee severance fund managed by Caixa Econômica Federal (The Federal Savings Bank), a government-owned bank headquartered in Brasília, paid R$8 billion (approximately $2.5 billion U.S.) to undertake the Porto Maravilha (Marvelous Port) project, a redevelopment of a run-down waterfront in downtown Rio de Janeiro, in which museums and corporate and residential real estate would be rebuilt, including five 38-story buildings to be known as Trump Towers Rio. Though the construction of Trump Towers Rio was announced in 2012 and planned to be ready in time for the Olympics, ground has yet to be broken.
Nonetheless, Lopes states:
“[The structuring of the Porto Maravilha deal] favored, in a suspicious way, the Trump Organization economic group.”
Lopes’ spokeswoman, Dionne Tiago, told Reuters that the attorney would explain the grounds for his suspicions sometime next week. Folha de São Paulo reports that Lopes is also investigating another investment company in Brazil that he claims “gave preferential treatment to the company LSH Barra Empreendimentos Imobiliários (Bar Real Estate Enterprises) and the Trump Organization business group.”
Between these criminal acts and Donald Trump’s hard-and-fast, prejudicial, authoritarian values, the lesson here is that fascism has come to America wrapped in the flag, carrying the cross, bragging about its Bible collection and believing it is above the law.