Sep 30, 2020 Letters
Guyana’s “mother of all elections” is finally over after a tumultuous five months ordeal that witnessed rigging and fraud, a circus in town, cowboys and gangsters in the city and a court system bombarded with frivolous and vexatious litigations, all of which the callous and dangerous PNC/R lost. But it was the Sheriff from the US that brought law and order back to this state that was manipulated with caucus and mayhem by the “sanctimonious gangster” and his band of rebels. The presidential election is only weeks away for the US. On Monday, Mary Trump, Donald Trump’s niece, joined Lawrence O’Donnell to explain how Donald Trump’s lies are “dangerous” and why he should be fact-checked in real time, especially on the debate stage saying, “Nobody tells as many lies on purpose as President Trump.” Chris Wallace, the Fox News host, would have moderated the first of three US presidential debates on last evening. He had announced the six topics on which it was focused on: the Supreme Court, the coronavirus outbreak, the integrity of the election, the economy, race and violence in the cities and the respective political records of Mr. Trump and Mr. Biden. Today, most voters know for certain where they stand in the contest between Mr. Trump and Joseph R. Biden, largely because they’re certain about whether they want to re-elect the president. As per a New York Times/Siena College survey released on Sunday, more than three-quarters of likely voters nationwide called this the most important election of their lifetimes, reflecting the strong feelings on either side. Still, a crucial fraction of the millions who tuned in to the first presidential debate on Tuesday will have yet to make up their minds. Fully 10 percent of likely voters in the Times/Siena poll didn’t express a vote preference, or said they favored a third-party candidate. Will the President or Mr. Biden be able to peel away enough of those votes to make a meaningful difference in the race? Many controversies corrupt the minds of America and Americans are not blindly influenced as their Guyanese counterparts.
Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, (professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of “The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It.) asked, “What is America really fighting over in the upcoming election? Not any particular issue. It’s not even Democrats versus Republicans. The central fight is over Donald J. Trump ,to take fierce sides for or against. Trump came to office with no agenda except to feed his monstrous ego. He has never fueled his base. His base has fueled him. Its adoration sustains him.”
“I do bring rage out,” Trump unapologetically told journalist Bob Woodward in 2016. In this way, Trump has turned America into a gargantuan projection of his own pathological narcissism. To Trump and his core enablers and supporters, the laws of Trump Nation authorize him to do whatever he wants. Anti-Trump Nation’s laws constrain him, but they’re illegitimate because they are made and enforced by the people who reject him. Familiarity does breed contempt, as is the case in Guyana and the PNC/R! Shawna Jensen, from Fort Worth, Texas told the press, “I’m not voting for Trump this year. My heart will not let me do it. I can’t vote for someone who is that ugly to other people.” Jensen is among former Donald Trump supporters who are voting for Democrat Joe Biden this year, breaking ranks with family, friends and, in many cases, a lifelong political affiliation. They say it’s caused them anguish, both to personal relationships and their own identity. They wanted change and disruption, until they found out what that actually looked like under Trump.
The bombshell New York Times report, detailed that Trump paid a total of $750 in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017. The cited documents also revealed that Trump leveraged his losses to pay no federal income taxes in 10 of 15 years. The president has declined to release his tax returns throughout his campaigns and presidency, breaking from tradition of previous modern presidents. “It’s one thing to be a private citizen and not pay taxes because you’re, quote-unquote, smart. It’s another to do it as a leader of a country you’re supposed to be protecting and caring about, it’s deeply unpatriotic,” said President Donald Trump’s niece Mary Trump, in an interview on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.”
Trump is personally liable for debts and loans totaling $421 million, The New York Times reported on Sunday evening, and most of it comes due in the next four years, an amount that former intelligence officials, Democratic lawmakers and legal experts warn could be used as leverage against him, and in turn, the US itself. Debt is one of the items security officials who are adjudicating clearances look at because of the potential for an adversary to leverage it, or, if the person is more desperate, use it as a basis for blackmail, experts say. Trump, for instance, has derived millions of dollars in income from business ventures in countries like Turkey and the Philippines that are led by autocrats whom he has praised but who infringe on traditional US values like human rights. And while The New York Times reported that he had paid little federal income tax to the Treasury from 2000 to 2017, the President or his companies have paid more in taxes to foreign powers, according to the Times, including $145,400 to India and $156,824 to the Philippines in 2017.
In her best-selling memoir, Mary Trump told a family story that detailed the ways in which she claims her relatives, the President among them, tricked, bullied and ultimately cheated her out of an inheritance worth tens of millions of dollars. On Thursday, more than two months after the book was published and a little more than one month before the election, Ms. Trump told her story again, this time in a lawsuit. The suit, filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, accused Mr. Trump, his sister Maryanne Trump Barry and their brother Robert Trump, who died in August, of fraud and civil conspiracy. It seeks to recover the millions of dollars Ms. Trump claims to have lost. In its first sentence, the lawsuit says that, for the Trumps, “fraud was not just the family business, it was a way of life.” Guyana did copycat America, again!
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