Who pulled the greatest cons in history? Ancient politicians from Greece and Rome who used fear to have their enemies exiled or killed? Christian leaders from the Middle Ages who espoused the teachings of Jesus but lived lives in splendor and wickedness? Entertainers like PT Barnum and modern-day versions who put on with falsehoods? Financial wizards like Bernie Madoff who fleeced people of millions? 20th Century Dictators who promised their people riches and glory but instead led them to death and destruction?
No, the greatest con man in history is Donald Trump. He spent his life perfecting his craft as a land developer, constantly promising more than he could deliver. He learned that laws were only meant for other people and that he could break them at will. He also perfected the art of creating a public persona that bore only a vague resemblance to the truth. But most importantly, he learned that if you repeat a lie often enough it can become the accepted as the truth.
When he turned to politics, these skills served him well. He used vague and simple language to con us into thinking he was for us, the people, when he has ALWAYS cared only for himself. He tapped into latent racism with his denigrations of immigrants and blacks which cemented the bond with disaffected white followers. He was so good at perpetuating the con that got away with crimes that would have destroyed any lesser politician. He blatantly took millions from the US Treasury to enrich himself and his family, showing no shame or remorse in the process.
After claiming that only he was smart enough to craft a tax code that helped the working class and stuck it to the rich, he instead oversaw the largest tax cut in history for the rich and a huge shifting of the tax burden to the middle class.
On and on the cons went throughout his administration. He hired incompetent administrators whose only skill was their undying ability to kiss his ass. He relaxed environmental and occupational standards – rewarding his rich financial backers with more profits while hurting the large majority of the population. And he bullied anyone who stood in his way: their options were submission or exile from the GOP.
Building the Wall was another con. The Wall was yet another way to transfer wealth from the American people to his wealthy supporters, while being wholly unable to accomplish its purported goals. Like all cowards, he talked tough but caved when it came to a fight. But he retained his shameless ability to lie and bluster his way to convincing his followers that only he could give them what they wanted.
Along the way he treated the Constitution as just another set of laws he could ignore at will. For that he was rightfully impeached, but his vast legion of loyal followers provided so much support that the GOP cowards refused to follow what they knew to be the right course and remove him from office.
Eventually the incompetence and corruption turned off some of his supporters. And they deserted him in droves for the safety and competency of Joe Biden.
Now we are witnessing the biggest con – that Trump won the election. Of course he lost! Too many people finally saw through the con. But so many still believe. They follow his every desire like blind lemmings, all the while claiming that they are not the sheep. Refusing the vaccines, refusing simple measures like masking. If Trump told them that clothes were a liberal invention, they’d go around naked. And they, the working class, send money to a billionaire. Money that he uses to further enrich himself. Trump controls this loyal army with lies and fear, and they have become a force that has taken over the GOP and paralyzed anyone with integrity with fear.
Donald Trump will never change. He will never care about anyone but himself. But as long as he has millions of faithful followers sending him money, the con will continue. The outrages will only become worse. He is a danger to the country.
The political system is powerless against his army of followers. The legal system must enforce our laws and prosecute Donald Trump for his many crimes. It is time for him to face justice. He must go to prison.