Sunday, September 8, 2019

Trump Goes Full Streisand

Last week was the week when Trump embodied the Streisand Effect, his failed attempts to cover up his... uh... failures became manifest in a manner which would have embarrassed a non-narcissist. His weeklong attempt to push the narrative that he had been correct about Hurricane Dorian hitting Alabama has brought greater scrutiny on his administration's efforts to force NOAA to conform to the maladministration narrative.

The other big story of last week, the use of taxpayer dollars to prop up a Scottish airport crucial to the survival of a Trump golf resort, and to funnel military travel expenses to said resort, has resulted in greater scrutiny of other Trump chicanery in Scotland. In one particularly scummy instance, Trump unsuccessfully tried to pressure the Bank of Scotland to foreclose on a historic hotel overlooking St Andrews golf course so he could buy it for a cheaper price.

As a New Yorker, I have known for decades that Trump is a deadbeat and a scumbag, what Yiddish speakers and the New Yorkers they have inspired would call a gonif. Occupying the White House has merely expanded his scope for fraud, but the underlying conman nature is fundamentally unaltered. The fact that the mainstream media didn't cover this aspect of Trump's career in 2016 amounts to journalistic malpractice.

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