Trump has been known for scamming people throughout his career. Now, as the impeachable offenses pile up, and even the GOP is starting to whisper “impeachment,” it seems he is once again turning to his old scammer ways. Not only that but once again appears to mirror Nixon to do it.
He made millions on a “multilevel marketing firm” called ACN, a company that has seemingly weathered the storm through several regulatory investigations in three different nations. Color it any way you want but ACN is a sophisticated pyramid scheme at its heart charging sales associates a joining fee that is only refundable upon signing up another associate: the basic structure of a pyramid scheme.
The Donald also swindled hard working Americans looking to make a better life for themselves by running a sham university scheme. A swindling that resulted in a suit that refunded the victims $25 million USD.
According to an affidavit (pdf) filed on behalf of the victims:
“Based upon my personal experience and employment, I believe that Trump University was a fraudulent scheme, and that it preyed upon the elderly and uneducated to separate them from their money.”
Trump has also committed FEC violations during his run for presidential office by soliciting campaign donations from citizens and elected officials of other nations as American News X reported in October 2016. Trump had sent several emails to Marita Ulvskog, a Swedish representative in the European Parliament.
According to the American News X report:
“Ms. Ulvskog states that she has received 40 to 50 emails all signed by either Eric, Donald Trump Junior, or Mr. Trump himself.”
So it comes as no surprise that The Donald is making another cash grab from his supporters sending out an email blast playing the victim and blaming his current woes on reports from “fake news.” He also levels his accusing “pity me” gaze on unelected officials that have been dedicating their lives to the thankless job of keeping the machine that is the United States government up and running.
People like Sally Yates, who have been in service to the United States for decades. In fact, you may have never heard of Sally Yates and all the work she has done to benefit the U.S had Trump not ignored her warnings concerning General Mike Flynn being susceptible to Russian “kompromat.” She likely would not be the household name she is had she not refused to support Trump’s Muslim ban when she was acting Attorney General. An act that Trump used to fire Ms. Yates.
So it is the people like Ms. Yates that Trump would like to discredit next. As if he didn’t have enough irons in the fire by insulting the entire U.S intelligence community, or turning the FBI against him by firing James Comey. Now Trump seems intent on turning every unelected U.S employee against him and peddling a conspiracy theory to his supporters at the same time.
“There are people within our own unelected bureaucracy that want to sabotage President Trump and his America First agenda,” the email reads. It goes on to claim that “they want it to be Special Interests first,” and that he has no choice but to “completely drain the swamp.” Which is odd considering his appointments are a who’s who of people that are seeking the destruction of regulatory agencies that have been holding this alleged “swamp” at bay.
so now Trump is fundraising on him being a treasonous moron I guess pic.twitter.com/dVRrB7f25B
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) May 16, 2017
The idea that Trump is looking out for the “little guy” is certainly an absurd one. With the examples given in this article, it is evident that Trump only cares for the “little guy” when that person is in possession of a few dollars and a dream of bettering their lives that Trump can exploit to enrich himself.
Now his email is geared at driving up the paranoia in his base while fleecing them for a few more dollars. Trump claims that “we need to be prepared to go into the trenches and fight back,” but whether the funds being bilked from his base will be used for any sort of defense for the Donald is unknown. However, if any legal action is initiated against his campaign, or his own performance, his fundraising could be used to pay the bills:
“The Ethics Committee has determined that it is generally permissible under House Rules for a Member to use campaign funds to defend legal actions arising out of his or her campaign, election, or the performance of official duties.”
Guess who else did something just like this? Nixon:
“The Committee for the Re-Election of the President (also known as the Committee to Re-elect the President), abbreviated CRP, but often mocked by the acronym CREEP, was a fundraising organization of United States President Richard Nixon’s administration. … CRP employed money laundering and slush funds and was directly and actively involved in the Watergate scandal.The CRP used $500,000 in funds raised to re-elect President Nixon to pay legal expenses for the five Watergate burglars after their indictment in September 1972, in exchange for their silence and perjury.”
There is no legal action against Donald Trump at this juncture, which would mean that he may simply be using the funds to run ads on various news outlets in order to defend himself from the constant flow of leaks coming from people in the Trump White House. Leaks he immediately calls “fake news” before the very next day admitting that they are correct. The contradictions boggle the mind but they are also having a drastic effect on the credibility of anyone associated with the Trump administration.
Thanks to Ashley Feinberg of Wired for sharing the email she received.
Featured image via screen capture from the White House’s YouTube channel