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The Art of the Con

Newsweek investigated and found that Donald Trump destroyed hundreds of thousands of emails, digital records, and paper documents, including many that he was under court order to preserve. And then he lied about it. And of course, he did this to screw other people out of money. He did this over and over again.

Their conclusions:

This review of Trump’s many decades of abusing the judicial system, ignoring judges, disregarding rules, destroying documents and lying about it is not simply a sordid history lesson. Rather, it helps explain his behavior since he declared his candidacy. He promised to turn over his tax returns and his health records—just as he promised to comply with document discovery requirements in so many lawsuits—then reneged. As a result, he has left a sparse evidentiary trail that can be used to assess his wealth, his qualifications for the presidency or even his fitness. Should voters choose him to be the next U.S. president, he will enter the Oval Office as a mystery, a man who has repeatedly flouted the rules. He has solemnly told the country to trust him while refusing to produce any records to prove whether he speaks the truth or has utter contempt for it.

Are we really not that far away from electing a con man as president of the United States?



  1. ebdoug wrote:

    All surveys show that Donald Trump tells less lies than Hillary Clinton. And the people believed Hitler, too. Politifact is completely wrong according to the uneducated or unevoled in this country. Even two professors in my area are voting for Trump Just because they can trust him more. I believe that “brainwashing” is the word.

    Friday, November 4, 2016 at 4:16 am | Permalink
  2. Iron Knee wrote:

    I assume you meant that opinion surveys show that people feel that Hillary Clinton lies more than Donald Trump (or, equivalently that they trust Trump more than Clinton). Maybe “brainwashing” is too strong a word, but “propaganda” might be appropriate.

    Friday, November 4, 2016 at 4:26 am | Permalink
  3. ebdoug wrote:

    “crooked Hillary” isn’t brainwashing?

    Friday, November 4, 2016 at 6:26 am | Permalink
  4. Ralph wrote:

    It begs the question, why has Don the Con not been severely and repeatedly fined or even jailed for serial contempt of court?

    I guess it’s further evidence that, in America, you’re innocent until proven broke.

    Friday, November 4, 2016 at 8:22 am | Permalink
  5. paradoctor wrote:

    As usual he accuses others of his own crimes.

    Friday, November 4, 2016 at 8:51 am | Permalink
  6. Wildwood wrote:

    Almost anything he accuses others of, is something he is doing himself or has done himself. That’s how he knows how to attack. The person who gets painted with the tar brush first retains the most tar. It’s a con man slight of hand. And obviously it works. If it weren’t so serious, I would almost hope he would win, just to prove to those stellar examples of Americanhood, what they voted for. Now if he were running for governor of a state, I would be all for it. But then again, I don’t think you could change their minds. They would just blame it on Obama or the “libtards”. It’s never their fault.

    Friday, November 4, 2016 at 9:05 am | Permalink
  7. Iron Knee wrote:

    America, the best justice money can buy.

    Most of these were civil cases, where Trump screwed someone and that person sued to get their money. Almost always the person suing had far less money than Trump. And because Trump was the person being sued, the law is actually tilted in his favor. To successfully sue someone, you have to prove that the person you are suing did something wrong; for example, broke a contract.

    So Trump could abuse the judicial system and get away with it. As someone who has run a few companies, I have seen this happen many times, and even had it happen to a company I was running once. A company signed a large contract with us and we did a bunch of work for them; then they refused to pay and since we didn’t get the money owed us, we missed payroll (couldn’t pay our employees and couldn’t even pay the rent) and had to shut the company down. It happens way too often.

    Friday, November 4, 2016 at 5:19 pm | Permalink