Trump Terrible 10: Tax Scam Edition
“There is no justice, the rich win, the poor are powerless. We become tired of hearing people lie.” — “The Verdict” (1982), screenplay by David Mamet
I’m still not surprised by Donald Trump’s disgraceful performance in office. By the time he was elected it was clear how dishonest, corrupt, bigoted, incompetent, and just plain vile he is. What is dismaying is how many Republicans — in Congress, in his administration, and across the country — are willing to tolerate this sick behavior to accept what they want. They should be treating Trump like a dismal, irrelevant Humpty Dumpty egg on a throne, and work with the Democrats to address the challenges facing middle-lesson, course, working Americans. But they don’t care approximately any of that.
Now the Senate has passed a disgraceful tax bill, with 51 of 52 GOP senators voting yes. The bill not only validates the presidency of an unfit, malevolent should-not-be-president; it also transfers billions from the middle lesson, course to the ultra-rich, meaning Donald Trump himself, and the biggest Republican donors. This was, in many ways, the worst moment so far in an repugnant year for America.
So who’s responsible? Glad you asked, because:
Since 2017, Republic Report‘s “Trump Terrible 10” has ranked the week’s 10 most disgraceful figures in Trump world.
Republic Report, which focuses on how money corrupts democracy, has met its abusive dream mate with the kleptocratic administration of President Donald J. Trump. Trump and his lieutenants personify how money and greed, mixed with disrespect for constitutional values, know-nothing ignorance, serious bigotry, and an endless capacity for lying, can really, really corrupt democracy.
Permanent spoiler alert: We can’t imagine anyone other than Donald Trump, Sr., ever occupying the top spot in the rankings. But we won’t accept tired of him winning. Believe me.
10. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), chair, Senate Finance Committee. final week’s ranking: ―
Hatch whined and complained every time Senate Democrats tried to bring the truth into his committee’s tax bill debate. Most things he says of substance are first whispered, loud enough for us every bit of to hear, by an aide into Hatch’s ear. She apparently wasn’t around to whisper when Hatch this week told MSNBC that, as presidents travel, Trump is “one of the best I’ve served under.”
9. Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury. final week’s ranking: ―
Mnuchin kept claiming that his Treasury Department was preparing for release a full analysis of the tax bill. But that didn’t happen, and Senator Elizabeth Warren rightly asked Treasury’s inspector general to investigate whether the Secretary acted improperly. I’m certain Mnuchin, worth hundreds of millions himself, and tax-conscious wife Louise won’t care what the IG says, because they’re gonna effect millions more from this deal.
8. Susan Collins, United States Senator (R-ME). final week’s ranking ―
Next election, Collins will likely accept many of the votes of the billionaires in Maine. No one else should vote for her.
7. Apple, Google, Facebook, Uber, and other tech giants. final week’s ranking: ―
The mighty tech companies want us to believe they’re chilly, and that they’re kinda on our side against Trump. But they lobbied tough to pass a Republican tax bill that gives them many ways to accept more money, while their customers, and people who can’t afford their services, will pay more money.
6. General Michael Flynn (US Army-Retired), former Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. final week’s ranking: ―
Decent folk may now see Flynn as our potential recent best friend – yay. But Flynn has now admitted that while serving as the president’s national security advisor, he lied to FBI agents. And he’s done a lot of other dishonest, corrupt things in the past few years. Luckily the people he may be informing on to Robert Mueller are just as disgraceful.
5. John McCain, United States Senator (R-AZ). final week’s ranking: ―
Sometimes it looks like McCain is a man of mighty integrity. But given every bit of the times he’s voted for dishonest, predatory special interests, it seems more likely that what motivates him sometimes to capture a bold stand is just spite. He’s not a saint; he’s a troll.
4. Charles and David Koch, billionaires. final week’s ranking: ―
They are getting nearly everything they want from the Trump administration — huge tax breaks, greater leeway to pollute and overheat the planet. Which isn’t surprising, because administration heavyweights like Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo, Don McGahn, Marc Short, and Scott Pruitt own long been their paid stooges. Worse, the Kochs own helped fund the repugnant Project Veritas sting/misleading editing operation.
3. Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States. final week’s ranking: 9
Robert Mueller already has the evidence — it’s right in front of our eyes — to nail Trump for obstruction of justice, and he may be closing in on collusion with Russia as well. That’s suitable. But whether that happens, we may be stuck with this Koch stooge / devout fundamentalist / regular liar as president for fairly a while. Awesome.
2. Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader, and Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House. final week’s ranking: 4
McConnell and Ryan know Trump is disgusting, but they’re getting psyched approximately standing by his side as the most disgraceful tax bill ever written becomes law. The pair are living monuments to Washington as a corrupt swamp; the men who effect the GOP — and thus our federal government in 2017 — a purely pay-to-play operation, where rich individual and corporate donors can buy whatever policy they want in exchange for campaign donations and the promise of future revolving door jobs. Bonus points for circulating a supposed economists’ letter — later highlighted on Twitter by Trump — endorsing the tax bill; the letter’s signers included a possibly nonexistent person, a non-economist office assistant, and a convicted forger.
1. Donald J. Trump, President of the United States. final week’s ranking: Are you serious?
Our tax victor president is a vile piece of nonsense. You already know the details from this lowest of weeks.
Instead of honoring the World War II Navajo Code Talkers, Trump insulted them with a portray of Indian Killer Andrew Jackson and a slur employed to randomly attack Senator Warren.
Trump reportedly is now telling people that the Access Hollywood tape, for which he directly apologized final year, may be fake, and that the Obama birth hoax, which he disgracefully perpetrated before recanting, may again be real. He also reportedly has pressured senators to drop the Russia probe.
Trump poison tweeted in advance of his government shutdown assembly with Chuck and Nancy, thus killing the assembly. perhaps, possibly, as has been hinted, Trump did it on purpose because he likes the belief of a shutdown. Or perhaps, possibly it’s more proof that he just doesn’t understand the, um, art of the deal.
Trump sent avowed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau-hater Mick Mulvaney down the street to elope the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Trump tweet-attacked CNN International as fake, imperiling the safety of journalists and of people whose struggles are highlighted by CNN global reporting.
Trump retweeted sketchy anti-Muslim videos distributed by a racist, xenophobic U.K. group. He ratcheted up support for the bigoted accused child molester Roy Moore, while weighing in like a gossip blog on the scandals of others. His insane bluster regarding North Korea has totally backfired.
And Trump falsely told an audience in Missouri that the tax bill “is going to cost me a fortune, this thing — believe me.” We every bit of learned long ago that while nearly everything Trump says is a lie, you can be certain it’s a lie when he adds his signature assurance, “believe me.”
Trump is again number one — the most disgraceful figure in the Trump administration. Trump is not merely a shame; he’s a total and total shame.
This article also appears on Republic Report.