In conversations over coffee Saturday morning, one of those who admit liking Donald Trump as a candidate for President said “he will build a good team.”
That stopped conversation. Others disagreed.
“Trump is a one-man band,” one said.
“His ego won’t allow him to listen to a ‘team’ or anyone else,” said another.
Another asked me, the only one at the table who has worked in Washington as a political operative, what I thought of Trump.
I didn’t mince words.
“He’s a con man, a liar and an often failed businessman,” I said. “Several his companies have gone bankrupt, he’s under investigation for defrauding thousands with his ‘Trump University’ scheme and he doesn’t listen to anyone. His decisions and actions are his and his alone.”
I was a communication consultant for the 1984 Reagan-Bush re-election campaign and wrote the campaign’s daily briefing for others to use as talking points. I worked on several other campaigns and later ran the Political Programs Division for The National Association of Realtors, the largest trade association with the largest political action committee in the late 1980s and early 90s.
I’ve encountered frauds like Trump in and out of politics as an operative in the system for little over a decade and as a newspaperman man for most of my adult life.
His so called “team” claims came apart over the weekend when so called “spokesmen” of his who talk to media turned out to be him, using names like “John Miller” and “John Barron,” who claimed to be spokesmen talking to the media on the phone about Trump.
They were, it turns out, Trump himself, bragging about his claimed business acumen and even his sexual conquests. Analysis of tapes of several of those interviews with “Miller” and “Barron” show it is Trump himself posing as others.
On Friday afternoon, in a phone interview by reporters of The Washington Post with Trump, the presumed GOP nominee for President hung up when asked about “John Miller.” He refused to take followup calls.
On the “Today” show earlier that day, Trump claimed he ever posed as “John Miller” and said he didn’t even know about anyone using that name talking to media.
Yet in court testimony in one of the many cases that Trump is drawn into because of his fraudulent and illegal actions, he admitted, under oath, that he used “John Miller” to act as his own spokesman.
In recent weeks, Trump recruited political professionals like Paul Manafort to join his “team” when did the reverse of what they said he would do. Several members of his team have told him to take a hike.
Yeah, some may think that Donald Trump will build a “great team” as President. Given his past history, the only “team” will be composed of him posing as others so he can brag about himself.
The man is a liar, a con artist, a fraud and, it seems, to be just the kind of man that a majority of voters in Republican primaries want as the next President of the United States.
Given Trump’s history and patterns of behavior, one has to wonder if those election results are just another con of the gullible and the incredibly stupid.
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