Trumps Implicit Endorsement of Mafia Code of Silence

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Well According to Trump it's all about How Many - How Big - How Loud - Etcetera

 

But Actually, if you were to take the time to read each post - 7 Replies are from 5 Different Distinct & Credible Sources

 

The Atlantic Magazine

 

The New York Times

 

The Washington Post

 

Time Magazine

 

Commentary Magazine

 

All Indicating Trump thinks he's a MOB BOSS - instead the President of a Democracy

 

And - You're Welcome - Look at all the money you saved on Subscriptions

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The President Sounds Like a Mob Boss

 

Never take sides against the family.

 

Cynicism is often confused with wisdom. To some, the mark of a seasoned political observer is the extent to which someone is capable of logical contortions and moral compromises to support a politician’s preferred narrative. Few have made such a sport of testing the faith of their supporters like Donald Trump.

 

There is no reason to believe that any of the president’s self-appointed defenders will be shaken by the news that Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and personal attorney are going to jail. Nor will they experience a crisis of faith over Michael Cohen’s allegation that Trump conspired to violate campaign finance law and shield from the American public information to which they were legally privy. They might argue, as the White House has, that the president has not (and cannot, according to Justice Department guidelines) be charged with a crime. What should change some minds, however, are the statements the president made in an interview with Fox News Channel’s Ainsley Earhardt.

 

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Trump’s Team Keeps Using Mafia-Inspired Language — to Defend Itself

 

Former FBI Director James Comey once compared a meeting with President Donald Trump to “Sammy the Bull’s Cosa Nostra induction ceremony” and said Trump’s demeanor gave him flashbacks to his “earlier career as a prosecutor against the Mob.”

 

But it’s not just Trump’s critics who compare his Administration to the mafia. Indeed, Trump and his allies have also made repeated mob references — when defending themselves.

Presidential scholars say the comparison is a strange one for a president to make about his own former campaign head, especially when he’s on trial, while also showing a basic misunderstanding of Capone’s role in history.

 

“Donald Trump’s bizarre comparisons between his former campaign advisor Paul Manafort and Al Capone reveal the president’s all-too-familiar ignorance of history — this time the Prohibition Era,” said Barbara Perry, the director of presidential studies at University of Virginia’s Miller Center.

 

“Yes, the feds had to settle for a tax evasion conviction against Capone to get the murderous crime boss off the streets. But why would Trump want to equate Manafort with one of the most notorious gangsters in American history?” she continued.

 

“Most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble, even if it means lying or making up stories,” he tweeted.

 

 

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Source - http://time.com/5355482/donald-trump-rudy-giuliani-mafia/

 

 

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Like the real-life and movie mobsters he’d studied so closely, Trump concluded that the way to insulate himself from the betrayals and backstabbing of the business world was to place a premium on loyalty — to construct his organization as a tight family circle, assisted only by a handful of long-standing, totally committed outsiders. That structure allowed the organization to survive bankruptcies, business failures, oceans of bad publicity, and legions of angry competitors, contractors and former employees.

 

In the presidency as in the Trump Organization, Trump listens mainly to a close coterie of family members and longtime associates. The revolving door of top aides is a symptom of his deep belief that only lifelong loyalists can truly be trusted.

 

In the Fox interview in August, Trump grumbled about his then-attorney general, Jeff Sessions, asking, What kind of a man is this? The president recalled “the only reason I gave him the job: because I felt loyalty.” When Sessions recused himself from supervising the special counsel’s investigation into Trump’s 2016 campaign, the president felt betrayed.

 

 

Much of Trump’s personality and professional style overlaps with the folkways of the mob — his sense of how power works, his belief in the primacy of strength and the supreme importance of being surrounded by loyalists who share cultural bonds. He prefers the company of plain-speaking men who talk a big game and never back down. On breaks from work at Trump Tower, he often stepped out onto Fifth Avenue to hang out not with his top executives but with his bodyguards.

 

He can even sound like a mobster, or the movie version of one, anyway. In conversation, Trump has a chummy, intimate way of connecting with people — often accompanied by thinly veiled threats. He loves to share secrets, shower with praise and warn, amiably enough, that if things don’t go as he expects, he will take aggressive action.

 

Source - https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/trump-borrows-his-rhetoric--and-his-view-of-power--from-the-m...

 

 

 

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Trump borrows his rhetoric — and his view of power — from the mob

 

The president’s background in New York real estate taught mob values that still persist.

 

In 1981, as he made his first move into casino gambling, New Jersey’s gaming regulators concluded that Trump had been in contact with organized-crime figures.

 

President Trump’s reaction to a new guilty plea Thursday from his longtime attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, was predictably pugnacious: Cohen, one of Trump’s strongest defenders for more than a decade, was “a weak person and not a very smart person.”

 

Asked why he had kept such a character on his payroll for so many years, the president sounded like a parody of a lousy mob flick:

 

“Because a long time ago, he did me a favor.”

 

An affinity for mobsters and their rhetoric has been a consistent thread through Trump’s adult life.

 

From his early professional mentor, the New York lawyer and power broker Roy Cohn , to his many years of dealing with mob-connected union and construction industry bosses, Trump has formed close alliances with renegades and rogues who sometimes ended up on the wrong side of the law.

 

He’s long learned from and looked up to tough, street-smart guys who didn’t mind breaking some rules to get things done. Trump also admires mobsters’ no-nonsense language and bais for action; he cites “The Godfather” and “Goodfellas” among his favorite movies.

 

That was predictable, too.

 

So when Trump told his favorite interviewers on “Fox and Friends” in August that the standard prosecutorial practice of granting leniency to criminals who cooperate with investigations into larger matters “almost ought to be illegal,” and when he acknowledged that “I’ve had many friends involved in this stuff,” the idea that a president of the United States might lean toward the side of wrongdoers seemed not so much outrageous as very much in character.

 

Trump’s work as a developer put him in close touch with mobsters from the very start. Early on, he believed that politics and real estate were dirty businesses, riddled with corruption, and he resolved to master the game.

 

On his first building project in Manhattan, the 1970s rehab of the Grand Hyatt New York, Trump hired a notorious demolition company partly owned by a Philadelphia mobster, as well as a concrete firm run by a man later convicted of being part of a mob-run cartel, and a carpentry company controlled by the Genovese organized-crime family. He used some of the same contractors that his father, real estate developer Fred Trump, had employed, including S&A Concrete, which worked on Trump Tower and was owned in part by Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno, who ran the Genovese mob.

 

Source - https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/trump-borrows-his-rhetoric--and-his-view-of-power--from-the-m...

 

 

 

 

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Trump speaks as though the Trump Organization, the Trump campaign and the Trump administration were one long continuing criminal enterprise. The man charged with faithfully executing the nation’s laws paints his own Justice Department as a villain and celebrates criminals who stoically go to prison rather than inform on higher-ups. Nixon talked that way in private, among friends and co-conspirators; Trump just blurts it out. He makes no bones about valuing loyalty over respect for the law.

 

Look at the people Trump surrounds himself with. So far, four men with high-level roles in his campaign and one with a more junior role have either pleaded guilty or been found guilty of federal crimes.

 

Look at the people who are drawn to him. The first sitting member of Congress to endorse his candidacy, Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), was indicted this month on charges of insider trading. The second sitting member to endorse Trump, Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.), was indicted Tuesday on charges of illegally using more than $250,000 in campaign funds to underwrite his lavish personal lifestyle.

 

 

Responding to criticism from Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared Thursday that the Justice Department “will not be improperly influenced by political considerations.” He must understand by now that Trump doesn’t care about justice. The president wants only protection.

 

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Source - https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-the-mob-boss-wants-protection/2018/08/23/55882f5a-a70c...

 

 

 

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Sometimes Mr. Trump’s gangland references can be baffling. This month, he defended Mr. Manafort by comparing him to Al Capone. Mr. Manafort, he suggested, was getting rougher treatment than Capone, whom the president called a “legendary mob boss, killer and ‘Public Enemy Number One.’”

 

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Source - https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/23/us/politics/trump-vocabulary-mob.html

 

 

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 “There is nothing presidential about him or his actions,” Mr. Dean added.

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Source - https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/23/us/politics/trump-vocabulary-mob.html

 

 

 

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What we see in his astonishing tweets is an implicit endorsement by the president of the United States of omertà, the Mafia code of silence, which has been honored, especially over the past 30 years or so, more in theory than in practice.

 

Trump expanded upon his views this morning, in an interview on Fox & Friends, in which he seemed to refer, obliquely, though elegiacally, to the dismantling of the Mafia in New York City (an effort led for a time by his current attorney Rudy Giuliani).

 

“It’s called ‘flipping’ and it almost ought to be illegal,” Trump said. “I know all about flipping.

 

For 30, 40 years, I have been watching flippers. Everything is wonderful and then they get 10 years in jail and they flip on whoever the next highest one is or as high as you can go.”

 

In these statements, Trump displays contempt for the rule of law, and honors criminals who refuse to cooperate with law enforcement.

 

He’s doing nothing less than elevating gangster ideology to the status of high principle.

 

He’s also evincing a gauzy and archaic understanding of the nature of gangsterism.

 

I heard, in his statements, echoes of many conversations I had while trying to understand the culture of organized crime.

 

Source - https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/trump-gravano-gotti-mafia/568273/

 

 

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