OK, quick show of hands. Who among us in here has ever been “conned?” Really? You sure? Come on now, my hand is in the air, where’s yours? After all, at it’s core, being conned simply means that somebody is taken advantage of by somebody else.
There’s two universal things about being conned. Number one, it’s universal. Not only has everybody reading this, as well as everybody who’s not reading this been conned, we all get conned every day. The HVAC dick who hoses us for unnecessary repairs. The tip to a waitress or waiter who provided shitty service. Giving a bum $2 to get his filthy rag away from your clean windshield. Everyday occurrences, and every one of them a con.
The second universal thing about being conned is that we all fucking hate it! I swear, most people I know, including me, would rather be robbed than conned. At least if you’re robbed at knife or gunpoint, you’re a innocent victim. When you get conned, the con man makes you his willing accomplice. People will dine for years off of the terrifying story of how they were robbed, but nobody will admit to anyone else that they got conned, Because nobody wants to feel like a schmuck.
Donald Trump is without a doubt one of the premier con men of the 20th century. I mean, think of this. Donald Trump has filed for business related bankruptcies at least 4 times, and yet he has somehow or other managed to make millions of dollars by convincing schmucks that his very name is gold! This ass gasket makes your freakin’ cell phone provider look like an honest broker. That takes some kind of stones.
As president, Donald Trump has gotten away with being a brazen con man for almost three years for a very simple reason. Because the cons that people in the know were trying to expose were the wrong cons. Congressional Democrats spent more than two years trying to explain how Trump was conning us about his dirty, secret deals with Putin and the Russians. Bad call. That’s way too complicated, and outside of normal peoples’ experience to explain. That’s like trying to explain the “Dutch Land Grant” scam to anybody who doesn’t own a house on the east coast.
And what else? Oh yeah, they spent almost two years trying to point out how His Lowness obstructed justice when first Mueller, and then congress, tried to investigate his impossible to explain dealings with Putin and the Borscht Brigade. Sorry, try again Charlie. Because proving obstruction requires criminal intent, and anybody who has ever listened to Trumpenstein talk knows that whenever he opens his mouth, he doesn’t intend to do anything except to fill the room with hot air and gibberish.
When does a con man get into trouble? When he gets caught. And Don the Con is in the process of getting caught as we speak. Because every good con man knows, as does every good magician, that the secret is in misdirection, or a diversion. And Trump has lost his diversion. For more than two years, Robert Mueller and the Russia investigation was the shell he could hide the pea under while he used suggestive facial and hand motions to make you pick the empty shell. Any time one of Trump’s more pedestrian cons was reported on in the press, Trump simply waved his hands, and focused everybody back on the empty Mueller shell. And it worked like a charm.
But those days are over now. Robert Mueller has gone back to being a private citizen, playing with his grandkids, and trying to wash the Trump stink out of his clothes. There is no empty shell left for Trump to point to when the media spends a week in relating how, in a fit of bad tempered pique at being wrong, Trump intentionally tried to panic millions of Alabamans into running for their lives from a hurricane that wasn’t coming, while also potentially lulling millions of people directly in harms way into a false sense of security.
And there’s no longer an empty shell to wave at when the media reports about Trump conning the air force into flying a thousand miles out of their way to buy overpriced fuel at a dinky ass Scottish airport, while a captain, a lieutenant, and three airmen spend the night at Trump’s failing golf resort, where their per diem doesn’t leave them any money to buy overpriced food. Or the Vice President staying 2.5 hours away from his conference site in Dublin to stay at another gilt Schlock Trump palace.
And thank the Lord and little fishes if the Democrats aren’t actually paying attention for once! Yes, they’re still making grr-grr-grr noises, and pounding their chests about Trump-Russia, but they’re also holding hearings about these more common, hiding-in-plain-sight cons that everyday people can see and understand. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget that little farrago of being an un-indicted co-conspirator in that hush money scheme for porn stars. You know, the one your personal attorney is spending three years in the pokey for?
Forget about impeachment, even on these easier to explain cons. You could have high res photographs of Trump on the grassy knoll, pulling the trigger on JFK, and the GOP Senate won’t convict. The sole objective now is to get Trump out of office next year, and these cheap, shoddy, transparent cons are going to help to do it.
Because everybody fucking hates to get conned. And because everybody pays taxes. And even people who voted for Trump are not going to be thrilled about their tax dollars going into Trump’s pockets through his crappy Scottish golf resort, when there is cheaper gas, and billets on the bases that the air force flights normally go to refuel and lay over. And they’re gonna shit a cow when they finally pay attention to, and learn that not only does Trump charge the Secret Service premium rack rates for the Secret Service agents to sleep in while they protect him at Mar-A-Lago, every couple of months, it costs a cool $50,000 in golf cart rentals, so the Secret Service can chase him around while he burns through golf balls in woods and water hazards, along with three erasers altering his score.
None of these are state secrets, hell, some of them, like the Mar-A-Lago expenditures have been known since day one. But nobody paid any attention, because Trump kept diverting that attention back to Mueller while he blithely lined his pockets. But people are paying attention now, because the distraction is gone. People are not going to like their hard earned tax dollars going into Trump’s pockets, especially since he brags about how stinking rich he is. And if there’s one thing that people hate even more than being taken for a ride, it’s getting their noses rubbed in it. Like Trump did when he sneeringly tweeted about those air force crews having such “good taste” in staying at his resort. News Flash! I don’t think that 38% is Trump’s popularity floor in polling once this shit starts piling up.
To know the future, look to the past. before the insanity of the 2020 election, relive the insanity of the 2016 GOP primary campaign, and the general election, to see how we got to where we are. Copies of President Evil, and the sequel, President Evil II, A Clodwork Orange are available as e-books on Amazon, at the links above. Catch up before the upcoming release of the third book in the trilogy, President Evil III: All The Presidents Fen