If you grew up in the Northeast and you didn’t know that Donald Trump was a shyster, I don’t understand you. I really just don’t. And I have to say, unlike a metric shit-ton of New York Times reporters and I don’t know who all else, I don’t actually want to. I want you to either open your eyes and ears, or to shut your mouth and crawl back under the rock you must have been under since the 80s or so. However. Since it gives me a certain grim satisfaction, I’m going to share two stories I think are superbly emblematic of our President’s absence of anything that could be described as integrity, character, self-awareness, or empathy.

Story the First. Just because he could, Trump stiffed a piano dealer out of 30% of the agreed-on, contracted amount for pianos delivered to the Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City. There was nothing wrong with the pianos. They were delivered on time, in perfect condition. The Trump Corporation just decided, correctly, that J. Michael Diehl didn’t have the deep pockets to sue them for breach of contract. https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/09/28/i-sold-trump-100000-worth-of-pianos-then-he-stiffed-me/?utm_term=.fab187bd5348 Trump then managed, in his ineptitude, to trash Atlantic City’s economy by pitting one of his casinos against the other, but that’s a story for another day.

Story the Second. Trump showed up at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a nursery serving children with AIDS. He took the seat on the podium reserved for Steven Fisher, who had contributed generously to the effort. Fisher sat patiently in the audience as Trump mugged for the camera. Then Trump left without giving an explanation or a dime. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-boasts-of-his-philanthropy-but-his-giving-falls-short-of-his-words/2016/10/29/b3c03106-9ac7-11e6-a0ed-ab0774c1eaa5_story.html?utm_term=.275e3a44c67c This is exceedingly typical of Trump. He wants it to look like he’s a philanthropist, but not at his own expense, and not at his company’s expense any more than necessary.


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