Quote of the Day

"Mr. Trump won the presidency proclaiming himself a self-made billionaire, and he has long insisted that his father, the legendary New York City builder Fred C. Trump, provided almost no financial help. But The Times's investigation, based on a vast trove of confidential tax returns and financial records, reveals that Mr. Trump received the equivalent today of at least $413 million from his father's real estate empire, starting when he was a toddler and continuing to this day." — David Barstow, Susanne Craig, and Russ Buettner in a remarkable special investigation for the New York Times, bluntly headlined: "Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches from His Father."

It's remarkable because their investigation "of the Trump family's finances is unprecedented in scope and precision, offering the first comprehensive look at the inherited fortune and tax dodges that guaranteed Donald J. Trump a gilded life."

And it's remarkable because we're only learning all of this now, two years into his fucking presidency.

I would say better late than never, but frankly I fear the time during which this information would have mattered is long past.


Trump's entire life has been one of ill-begotten wealth, a cavernous void of ethics, and vast corruption. And here is the documentation, tracing the life of a spoiled child who became one of the most powerful men on the planet, courtesy of the immense privilege he has always enjoyed.

And enjoys still.

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