Don­ald Trump and Amer­ica's Fu­ture

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This ar­ti­cle is not in­tended to dis­par­age, den­i­grate or be­lit­tle Don­ald Trump. It is in­tended to present im­por­tant facts and ex­plore prob­a­bil­i­ties. The au­thor has com­pas­sion and re­spect for Mr. Trump. Whether you are a Trump sup­porter or op­po­nent please read this with an open and crit­i­cal mind.

In the last year, I have spent hun­dreds of hours re­search­ing Don­ald Trump. I in­vested the time be­cause Mr. Trump is such a pow­er­ful and un­pre­dictable force. He will have the abil­ity to rad­i­cally change our world and I wanted to know what to ex­pect.

As a fa­ther, hus­band and busi­ness owner with em­ploy­ees and cus­tomers, I have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to man­age risk for those I am re­spon­si­ble for. I be­lieve that un­der­stand­ing the risk of Don­ald Trump is es­sen­tial to my risk man­age­ment du­ties. At the same time, I re­al­ize that those who write hon­estly about Don­ald Trump are fre­quently tar­gets for his wrath. Trump has sued or threat­ened many who write things he doesn't like and writ­ing about him cer­tainly puts me at risk.

I am will­ing to risk reprisal by Don­ald Trump and his sup­port­ers be­cause I care about Amer­ica and the world and be­lieve that we all have a right and an obli­ga­tion to know who Don­ald Trump is.

Writ­ing about Don­ald Trump is not easy. He is a com­pli­cated man and lies about so many things, es­pe­cially about him­self. He em­bod­ies con­tra­dic­tions.

There is a vast amount of in­for­ma­tion writ­ten about him but much of it is bi­ased or just a rep­e­ti­tion of what some­one else has writ­ten. Few peo­ple that re­ally know The Don­ald have shared their per­cep­tions of him — some out of fear and oth­ers out of loy­alty.

He has been sued or sued oth­ers thou­sands of times yet some­how man­ages to get many of the records sealed.

Mr. Trump has been the sub­ject of nu­mer­ous crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions, most of which have been stopped by mys­te­ri­ous forces. He hides his fi­nances be­hind lay­ers of shell cor­po­ra­tions and of­ten grossly mis­rep­re­sents his fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion.

Mr. Trump is bold, coura­geous, hard-work­ing and per­sis­tent. He lives in the present more than most peo­ple pos­si­bly could. He un­der­stands the power of pos­i­tive think­ing and knows how to bend pow­er­ful peo­ple to his will.

He claims that he doesn't smoke or drink al­co­hol and ap­pears to be pretty healthy for his age.

Trump sees prob­lems and wants to fix them, but of­ten in a way that pri­mar­ily ben­e­fits just him.

He has promised to make Amer­ica great again and he cer­tainly has some good ideas. But he also has some pretty aw­ful plans that could for­ever dam­age the coun­try and ben­e­fit no one but him­self and his pals.

The Mind of Don­ald Trump

Some might ob­serve that Mr. Trump shows the signs of be­ing a so­ciopath with a se­vere case of nar­cis­sis­tic per­sonal dis­or­der, and they could be cor­rect but would be sell­ing him short. Mr. Trump is much more com­plex and off-the-shelf la­bels just don't en­tirely fit.

Mr. Trump has in­deed ex­hib­ited some of the char­ac­ter­is­tics of a so­ciopath and his ac­tions cer­tainly in­di­cate a nar­cis­sis­tic per­son­al­ity dis­or­der. This ob­ser­va­tion is not in­tended as an in­sult.

While some men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als have stated that Trump does likely suf­fer from narcissism, they have been re­luc­tant to la­bel him a so­ciopath. He does not al­ways act like a so­ciopath and it is il­le­gal for li­censed psy­chi­a­trists or psy­chol­o­gists to di­ag­nose some­one with­out ex­am­in­ing them and doc­tor-pa­tient con­fi­den­tial­ity pro­hibits them from mak­ing a di­ag­no­sis pub­lic. None of them wants to risk los­ing their li­cense or be sued by Mr. Trump for la­bel­ing him a so­ciopath and it is pos­si­ble that he is not ac­tu­ally one, at least not all the time.

Some of his­tory's most ef­fec­tive lead­ers have been so­ciopaths, but then so have some of hu­man­ity's great­est mon­sters.

Be­ing a so­ciopath and hav­ing an ego prob­lem does not make one a bad per­son but it does make some­one a po­ten­tial threat to so­ci­ety be­cause a so­ciopath does not have the same be­hav­ioral bound­aries as oth­ers. Their mind al­lows them to do things that so­ci­ety may con­sider to be im­moral, il­le­gal or oth­er­wise sim­ply wrong.

Peo­ple who are not so­ciopaths are usu­ally self-reg­u­lated by their con­science, cul­ture or fear of pun­ish­ment. So­ciopaths don't have the same type of self-reg­u­la­tion be­cause they mostly lack a con­science and feel that the rules don't ap­ply to them. They are more in­de­pen­dent of en­vi­ron­men­tal, so­cial and cul­tural in­flu­ences.

The hu­man mind has tremen­dous power if fo­cused dili­gently on a sin­gle goal and Trump's un­usual mind has greatly con­trib­uted to his suc­cess. He is ap­par­ently not dis­tracted by fail­ure, self-doubt or in­tro­spec­tion.

Some so­ciopaths can be dan­ger­ous to so­ci­ety be­cause they have mag­netic per­son­al­i­ties and are nat­u­ral lead­ers for a cer­tain seg­ment of so­ci­ety. Most cult lead­ers and highly ef­fec­tive con artists are so­ciopaths.

So­ciopaths in­spire undy­ing loy­alty within a cer­tain seg­ment of the pop­u­la­tion. There are still vast num­bers of peo­ple who re­vere Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Pinochet, Peron and other so­ciopaths and psy­chopaths.

Once a charis­matic so­ciopath gets into power it can be very dif­fi­cult to re­move them be­cause of their loyal fol­low­ers and the al­most hyp­notic con­trol the so­ciopath has over them.

There can be a fine line be­tween a so­ciopath and psy­chopath and given the right con­di­tions some so­ciopaths can and do cross the line and be­come psy­chopaths.

Mr. Trump ad­mits that he has is­sues but refers to him­self as merely neu­rotic and states that it takes some­one like him to get things done. It may in­deed take some­one like Don­ald Trump to fix some of the ills that Amer­ica faces but he could just as eas­ily de­stroy what good is left.

Is Trump Like, Re­ally Smart?

Mr. Trump fre­quently claims that he is "like, re­ally smart". How­ever, he of­ten ex­hibits a 4th or 5th grade vo­cab­u­lary and claims that he doesn't read books, so many peo­ple don't be­lieve that he is so smart. Some peo­ple who have spent time with him in pri­vate ad­mit that his vo­cab­u­lary is lim­ited.

There are many dif­fer­ent types of in­tel­li­gence and a lim­ited vo­cab­u­lary does not al­ways in­di­cate an over­all lack of in­tel­li­gence.

Us­ing a more com­mon and sim­ple vo­cab­u­lary makes him a more ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tor with most Amer­i­can vot­ers. Many Amer­i­cans are not well ed­u­cated and don't want to be talked down to or made to feel in­fe­rior. Also, most Amer­i­cans now have a more lim­ited at­ten­tion span due to in­for­ma­tion overload and brain im­pair­ment from their diet and cell phones. Sim­ple lan­guage sim­ply works and Trump may be smart to com­mu­ni­cate the way he does.

Mr. Trump is smart enough to have got­ten him­self where he is. He un­der­stands power very well, is per­sis­tent and knows how to achieve his goals.

When it comes to get­ting what he wants, on some lev­els Trump is a ge­nius, but he is ob­vi­ously lack­ing in other very crit­i­cal ar­eas.

One of the things that makes Mr. Trump a pow­er­ful per­son, and which we can all learn from him, is the power of pos­i­tive think­ing. Don­ald Trump and his fa­ther were fol­low­ers of Dr. Nor­man Vin­cent Peale and the phi­los­o­phy pub­lished in his book The Power Of Pos­i­tive Think­ing.

Decades of re­search have shown that our thoughts and feel­ings do have sig­nif­i­cant power, not just on our­selves but on the world around us. Our minds can be­come en­tan­gled on a quan­tum level with other minds and mat­ter. Pos­i­tive thoughts have pos­i­tive re­sults, even if those thoughts might be some­what delu­sional, while neg­a­tive thoughts can have a neg­a­tive im­pact.

Most peo­ple are plagued by self-doubt and have an on­go­ing neg­a­tive men­tal feed­back loop that lim­its their suc­cess and hap­pi­ness. Don­ald Trump was able to lib­er­ate him­self from that neg­a­tive loop and has risen to great power, in part be­cause of pos­i­tive think­ing.

Con­ven­tional think­ing would lead us to be­lieve that an ef­fec­tive Pres­i­dent needs a well-rounded in­tel­li­gence and the abil­ity to take in in­for­ma­tion from a va­ri­ety of sources, gauge the ve­rac­ity and ac­cu­racy of the in­for­ma­tion, con­sider the law and the Con­sti­tu­tion and then make choices that are best for the coun­try. But we live in un­usual times and what used to work may no longer be ef­fec­tive.

Trump ex­pressed his in­tel­li­gence in his first pub­lic ad­dress, via a Youtube video on Novem­ber 21 out­lin­ing his agenda for his first 100 days in of­fice.

He claimed that he would end re­stric­tions on shale en­ergy and clean coal and that do­ing so would cre­ate mil­lions of jobs. This is not smart be­cause:

1. There is no way that mil­lions of jobs could be cre­ated by ex­pand­ing the dirty en­ergy in­dus­try. It might cre­ate tens of thou­sands of jobs at most. Dirty en­ergy is no longer the most eco­nom­i­cal and the in­dus­try has a lim­ited life-span.

2. There re­ally is no such thing as clean coal. Coal can't re­ally be made clean. It can be gasi­fied but only with a lot of en­ergy and then one is still left with the toxic waste to deal with. It can even be gasi­fied in the ground but that hasn't work out as well as hoped.

3. Ex­trac­tion of oil from oil-shale is un­eco­nom­i­cal un­less one uses il­le­gal nu­clear pow­ered heaters, and it is very dam­ag­ing to the en­vi­ron­ment. Shale pro­jects are only fea­si­ble with very high en­ergy prices or mas­sive tax­payer sub­si­dies. Shale can't com­pete with wind or so­lar power.

4. Spew­ing more car­bon into the at­mos­phere can only end very badly. All re­main­ing car­bon fu­els need to stay in the ground.

The green en­ergy in­dus­try could pro­duce vastly more jobs and al­ready em­ploys more peo­ple than the oil, gas and coal in­dus­tries com­bined. So­lar is now the cheap­est and least en­vi­ron­men­tally dam­ag­ing way to pro­duce elec­tric­ity.

In­stead of need­lessly spend­ing vast amounts of money killing the planet with dirty en­ergy, Amer­ica could fol­low the leads of other coun­tries and en­joy the ben­e­fits of a green econ­omy, in­stead of merely en­rich­ing a few multi­na­tional cor­po­ra­tions at the ex­pense of the en­tire planet.

Trump's en­ergy pol­icy is not smart at all and should be vig­or­ously op­posed. Some of the other state­ments made in Trump's Novem­ber 21 speech were rea­son­able and some were even pretty smart, like the 5 year ban on 'Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cials' be­com­ing lob­by­ists af­ter leav­ing of­fice. How­ever, he did not de­fine "Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cial" so maybe that pol­icy is mean­ing­less. A bet­ter pol­icy would be to ban lob­by­ists al­to­gether.

Given his ac­tions to date and the peo­ple he is sur­round­ing him­self with, it is highly un­likely that Mr. Trump will al­ways make sound de­ci­sions. He lives too much in his own re­al­ity and in­su­lates him­self from the crit­i­cal in­for­ma­tion nec­es­sary to see things ac­cu­rately and grasp the true na­ture of things.

Amer­ica re­ally needs Mr. Trump to be­come smarter and more at­tuned to the coun­try's needs.

The Trump Fam­ily

Don­ald Trump is not his fam­ily and is not re­spon­si­ble for the ac­tions of his fa­ther or grand­fa­ther. How­ever, know­ing his fam­ily his­tory can help pro­vide some mea­sure of un­der­stand­ing of where he is com­ing from.

The Trumps were orig­i­nally the Drumpfs in Ger­many. Don­ald Trump's grand­fa­ther, Friedrich Trump em­i­grated in 1885 from Kall­stadt, Ger­many to the United States at age 16. He made his for­tune op­er­at­ing restau­rants, ho­tels and likely broth­els that catered to min­ers in Alaska. Af­ter mak­ing a for­tune in Alaska he moved to New York, where Fred Trump, Don­ald's fa­ther was born.

Fred Trump and his mother El­iz­a­beth founded El­iz­a­beth Trump & Son. Fred Trump in­vested his in­her­ited for­tune in real es­tate and de­vel­oped strate­gic re­la­tion­ships with key politi­cians and gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees. Th­ese strate­gic re­la­tion­ships en­abled him to pay lower prop­erty taxes and ob­tain gov­ern­ment fund­ing for some of his de­vel­op­ments.

Fred Trump was in­volved in var­i­ous scan­dals re­lated to fraud and racial dis­crim­i­na­tion. 1927 po­lice records show that he was ar­rested "on a charge of re­fus­ing to dis­perse from a pa­rade when or­dered to do so." The only pa­rade with a dis­tur­bance that day was a KKK demon­stra­tion and the only ones ar­rested were the KKK mem­bers. Don­ald Trump vig­or­ously de­nies that it ever hap­pened but the records in­di­cate oth­er­wise.

Be­ing a mem­ber of the KKK was not un­usual in the 1920s and many prom­i­nent mem­bers of white com­mu­ni­ties were sup­port­ers.

Fred was in­ves­ti­gated by a U.S. Se­nate com­mit­tee in 1954 for prof­i­teer­ing from pub­lic con­tracts. He had grossly in­flated con­struc­tion costs that he passed on to tax­pay­ers but did so within semi-le­gal loop­holes.

Don­ald was one of five chil­dren and the only one who turned out with a flam­boy­ant per­son­al­ity or who fol­lowed in his fa­ther's foot­steps.

Don­ald and Fred were both in­ves­ti­gated by the U.S. Jus­tice De­part­ment's Civil Rights Di­vi­sion in 1973 for civil rights vi­o­la­tions. Their staff he had been caught telling black fam­i­lies that they had no va­can­cies in build­ings that did have space avail­able, but only for whites.

The folk hero and mu­si­cian Woody Guthrie lived for a time a Trump apart­ment com­plex named Beach Haven and wrote a less than flat­ter­ing song about Fred Trump that started with "I sup­pose that Old Man Trump knows just how much racial hate".

Fred Trump suf­fered from Alzheimer's for the last 6 years of his life and died at the age of 93 in 1999. He passed on an es­tate es­ti­mated by his fam­ily at $250 mil­lion to $300 mil­lion. Don­ald Trump's mother passed in the sum­mer of 2000.

Don­ald Trump has mar­ried three times, to Ivana Zel­níčková, Marla Maples and Me­la­nia Knauss. He has four adult chil­dren from two pre­vi­ous mar­riages: Don­ald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric Trump with Ivana Trump, and Tif­fany Trump with Marla Maples. Trump has one son with Me­la­nia, named Bar­ron and born on March 20, 2006.

All three of his chil­dren with Ivana Trump are cur­rently Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dents at The Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Ed­u­ca­tion

As a prob­lem stu­dent prone to vi­o­lent out­bursts and bul­ly­ing, Don­ald was sent away to the New York Mil­i­tary Academy board­ing school at the age of 13 and stayed there un­til grad­u­a­tion in 1964. The mil­i­tary academy was the clos­est Don­ald got to mil­i­tary ser­vice. While in col­lege from 1964 to 1968, he ob­tained four stu­dent de­fer­ments to avoid the draft and a fifth for what he claims were heel spurs.

In the Fall of 1964 Trump at­tended the Bronx's Ford­ham Uni­ver­sity for two years and then trans­ferred to the pres­ti­gious Whar­ton School of the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, from which he grad­u­ated in May 1968 with a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence de­gree in eco­nom­ics. At Whar­ton he learned more about real es­tate and fi­nanc­ing.

While Trump has great things to say about Whar­ton, sent his kids there and has do­nated close to a mil­lion dol­lars to the school, Whar­ton is not a fan of Trump. In 2016, over 4,000 mem­bers of the Whar­ton com­mu­nity penned an open let­ter de­nounc­ing Don­ald Trump.

Busi­ness Ca­reer

On the sur­face, Mr. Trump ap­pears to be a highly suc­cess­ful busi­ness­man. The re­al­ity is a bit more com­pli­cated.

While in col­lege, Trump had started work­ing in the fam­ily real es­tate busi­ness and af­ter grad­u­a­tion was in­volved in the op­er­a­tions full-time.

Mak­ing real es­tate deals and con­struct­ing and re­mod­el­ing build­ings is what he mostly does but he has had a num­ber of other en­deav­ors. His other ven­tures have in­cluded his role in the TV se­ries "The Ap­pren­tice", brief own­er­ship of a foot­ball team and air­line, casi­nos, beauty pageants, a mod­el­ing agency, win­ery, jet ser­vice, cologne, cloth­ing line, a lux­ury limou­sine ser­vice and the in­fa­mous Trump Uni­ver­sity.

Many of his ven­tures have failed and ended in bank­ruptcy. Fraud has been a re­cur­ring theme in some of his ven­tures.

Trump Uni­ver­sity was a scheme that op­er­ated from 2005 un­til 2010 and was the sub­ject of law suits and le­gal ac­tions from State At­tor­neys.

One of the sales­men for the scheme claimed, "Based upon my per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence and em­ploy­ment, I be­lieve that Trump Uni­ver­sity was a fraud­u­lent scheme, and that it preyed upon the el­derly and un­e­d­u­cated to sep­a­rate them from their money."

The first class was free but the class was re­ally just a sales pitch to pur­chase other classes that cost up to $35,000. The classes that peo­ple pur­chased con­tained lit­tle or noth­ing of value.

New York's At­tor­ney Gen­eral re­peat­edly warned Trump that he was vi­o­lat­ing the law by call­ing his or­ga­ni­za­tion a Uni­ver­sity, yet the state al­lowed Trump to reg­is­ter "Trump Uni­ver­sity" as an LLC and con­tinue to op­er­ate il­le­gally. It was not un­til 2013 that the state fi­nally took le­gal ac­tion, three years af­ter the scheme had taken in an es­ti­mated $40 mil­lion and shut down. If the fraud has been com­mit­ted by any­one else they would have been pros­e­cuted long be­fore.

Com­pare Trumps treate­ment in the Uni­ver­sity fraud to the treat­ment of VW ex­ec­u­tive Oliver Sch­midt, who is in prison with­out bail and faces a sen­tence of 169 years, for sell­ing cars that did not meet U.S. emis­sions stan­dards.

Trump Uni­ver­sity was also the sub­ject of two class ac­tion law­suits in fed­eral court. In one of the suits Trump ver­bally at­tacked the Judge, call­ing him a hater and a Mex­i­can. The judge was born in Indiana.

All of the suits were set­tled be­fore the elec­tion in Novem­ber 2016 for $25 mil­lion but with the stip­u­la­tion that Trump ad­mit­ted no wrong-do­ing.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion by USA To­day found that Trump has been in­volved in 4,095 law­suits. The na­ture of the suits vary and in­clude Trump su­ing gam­blers at his casino who didn't pay their losses, em­ploy­ees and con­trac­tors su­ing Trump for not be­ing paid, lots of suits for not pay­ing taxes, per­sonal in­jury suits, and 622 real es­tate cases.

Don­ald Trump has filed bank­ruptcy six times. His Trump’s Taj Ma­hal opened in April 1990 in At­lantic City and filed for bank­ruptcy the next year. His other two casi­nos and the Plaza Ho­tel in New York de­clared bank­ruptcy in 1992. Trump Ho­tels and Casi­nos Re­sorts filed for bank­ruptcy again in 2004, af­ter ac­cru­ing about $1.8 bil­lion in debt. Trump En­ter­tain­ment Re­sorts also de­clared bank­ruptcy in 2009.

The Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion does not ac­tu­ally own many of the prop­er­ties its claims on its web site and in­stead has just li­censed the Trump name to prop­er­ties.

The Trump or­ga­ni­za­tion is a se­cre­tive net­work of more than 500 com­pa­nies, many of them off­shore. Some peo­ple won­der if Mr. Trump's real busi­ness is laun­der­ing money.

Mr. Trump may not be the busi­ness mas­ter­mind he por­trays him­self as, but he has been good at pro­mot­ing him­self and avoid­ing be­ing held ac­count­able for his crimes and busi­ness fail­ures.

Re­venge

Get­ting even and seek­ing re­venge is a big part of Don­ald Trump's per­sonal phi­los­o­phy and it is not just pos­tur­ing. He re­ally means it and one has to won­der how far he is will­ing to go in seek­ing re­venge.

In sev­eral of his speak­ing en­gage­ments Trump has stated, "Get even with peo­ple. If they screw you, screw them back 10 times as hard. I re­ally be­lieve it."

Ear­lier in his ca­reer he said, "I have some very good friends and I guess I have some very good en­e­mies. And I like it that way, some­how, and I re­ally be­lieve in trash­ing your en­e­mies."

Up un­til now, Mr. Trump has in­deed pub­licly trashed peo­ple he per­ceives as his en­e­mies. It seems that it does not take much to be placed on Trump's list of en­e­mies.

The tra­di­tional Rus­sian Mafia is Jewish. The new Mafia is the Rus­sian gov­ern­ment and the oli­garchy.

In Rus­sia, you can't re­ally sep­a­rate the gov­ern­ment from the Mafia. When the KGB tran­si­tioned into the FSB it ab­sorbed the non-jewish Rus­sian Mafia. Putin is the ul­ti­mate ruler of the new Mafia but cer­tainly does not have con­trol over the en­tire Rus­sian Jewish Mafia be­cause it is so wide­spread and in­te­grated with Is­rael.

The Ashke­nazi Jews that ef­fec­tively rule Is­rael and the Jewish Mafia orig­i­nate from Rus­sia and con­tinue to flow out of Rus­sia, into Is­rael and then on to the U.S. and other coun­tries.

Trump seems to be aligned with both the Rus­sian oli­garchy and the Ashke­nazi Jewish Mafia. Ei­ther one is bad enough but hav­ing a re­la­tion­ship with both of them is re­ally bad for Amer­ica.

One of Don­ald Trump's ties to the Jewish Mafia is through the Rus­sian Jew Felix Sater, son of a re­puted Rus­sian Or­ga­nized Crime boss, and part of a group that likes to use the word "Bay­rock" in its com­pany names, such as Bay­rock Group LLC, Bay­rock Camel­back LLC, Bay­rock White­stone LLC, Bay­rock Spring Street LLC, and Bay­rock Mer­ri­mac LLC.

The Bay­rock or­ga­ni­za­tion has been con­nected to fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion fraud, tax fraud, part­ner­ship fraud, in­sur­ance fraud, lit­i­ga­tion fraud, bank­ruptcy fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laun­der­ing, hu­man traf­fick­ing and child pros­ti­tu­tion. In a 2009 court case brought by Bay­rock’s for­mer fi­nance di­rec­tor, the com­pany was de­scribed as a “rack­e­teer-in­flu­enced and cor­rupt or­ga­ni­za­tion [which]...op­er­ated through a pat­tern of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity... [us­ing] ex­tor­tion by means of threats of tor­ture and death.”

Bay­rock is a front for a num­ber of Rus­sians and Kaza­khs who en­gage in var­i­ous crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties around the world.

Tev­fik Arif, the found­ing chair­man of Bay­rock, is re­ported to have Rus­sian or­ga­nized crime ties. In 2010 he was charged in Turkey for smug­gling un­der­age girls into the coun­try for pros­ti­tu­tion.

An­other Bay­rock prin­ci­pal was Tamir Sapir, who also lived in Trump Tower. Sapir’s ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent, Fred Con­tini, pleaded guilty in 2004 to “par­tic­i­pat­ing in a rack­e­teer­ing con­spir­acy with the Gam­bino crime fam­ily for 13 years.” Two of the Bay­rock pro­jects that Trump was in­volved in were the Trump In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel and Tower in Fort Laud­erdale, Florida, a 24-story, 298-room beach­front prop­erty and Trump Soho in New York. Trump Soho is a $450 mil­lion, 46-story, 39-unit ho­tel con­do­minium lo­cated at 246 Spring Street in Soho, New York City. Trump was a part­ner in both pro­jects but only pro­vided his name and in­flu­ence to move the pro­jects for­ward in ex­change for a li­cens­ing fee. Both pro­jects re­sulted in charges of fraud and law suits.

Felix Sater has claimed at var­i­ous times to be the Bay­rock Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer or Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor. In ad­di­tion to the Bay­rock Group, Sater is as­so­ci­ated with, Global Habi­tat So­lu­tions, Al­lied En­ergy So­lu­tions, Re­gency Cap­i­tal Ad­vi­sors and Sands Point Part­ners.

Sater started out as a Wall Street stock­bro­ker for Bear Stearns af­ter col­lege. Af­ter los­ing his bro­ker­age li­cense for stab­bing a man in the face with the stem of a mar­garita glass and spend­ing time in prison for it, he got in­volved in a Mafia stock fraud op­er­a­tion. He pleaded guilty in 1998 to one count of rack­e­teer­ing as part of a $40 mil­lion stock fraud but avoided jail time by turn­ing in­for­mant for the FBI and CIA in na­tional se­cu­rity mat­ters. Sater was not sen­tenced in the case for more than 10 years, in 2009.

Obama's At­tor­ney Gen­eral Loretta Lynch claims that Sater pro­vided valu­able and sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion" for more than 10 years and that his work had been "cru­cial to na­tional se­cu­rity and the con­vic­tion of over 20 in­di­vid­u­als, in­clud­ing those re­spon­si­ble for com­mit­ting mas­sive fi­nan­cial fraud and mem­bers of La Cosa Nos­tra." Lynch sealed Sater's crim­i­nal records in grat­i­tude for his work as an in­for­mant.

Dur­ing his years as an in­for­mant Sater likely con­tin­ued to en­gage in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity and his ac­tiv­i­ties at the time in­di­cate that he was more likely in­volved with the Rus­sian Mafia, not the La Cosa Nos­tra.

On his Linkedin pro­file, Mr. Sater claimed that he spent 2010 work­ing at the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion as “Se­nior Ad­vi­sor to Don­ald Trump”. He even had of­fi­cial Trump busi­ness cards and had an of­fice on the same floor as Trump’s own of­fice in New York’s Trump Tower. How­ever, Trump claims that he didn't re­ally know him.

Dur­ing his time as an in­for­mant, Sater was func­tion­ing as a se­nior ad­vi­sor for com­pa­nies in Turkey, Turk­menistan and Rus­sia.

The Jewish Mafia and Is­rael's Mos­sad are heav­ily in-

ican ci­ti­zens. This means sup­port­ing the an­nex­a­tion of Pales­tinian ter­ri­tory in vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional law, ever more vi­o­lence against Pales­tini­ans and pos­si­bly at­tack­ing Iran. It also means in­creas­ing Amer­i­can tax­payer sup­port of Is­rael and de­creas­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion and pros­e­cu­tion of the crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity of the Jewish Mafia and Mos­sad spy­ing on the U.S.

If Don­ald Trump con­tin­ues U.S. sup­port of Is­rael it will be a vi­o­la­tion of the Leahy Law which rules that mil­i­tary units that com­mit hu­man rights abuses can­not re­ceive US train­ing or weapons, and in­di­vid­u­als who com­mit hu­man rights abuses are de­nied US visas. Obama's sup­port for Is­rael dur­ing his two terms were il­le­gal but then so were many of his other ac­tions.

If Don­ald Trump does the bid­ding of a for­eign power while in of­fice it will amount to trea­son, but he is un­likely to be op­posed by Repub­li­can Con­gress­men who are guilty of their own trea­sonous ac­tions on be­half of Is­rael.

It is im­por­tant for Amer­i­cans to un­der­stand Jewish cul­ture and be­liefs in or­der to un­der­stand the mo­ti­va­tion and in­ten­tions of the Jewish Mafia and Is­rael, which have long had un­due in­flu­ence over the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment. I highly rec­om­mend read­ing the To­rah and Talmud.

Cabi­net Choices

Don­ald Trump's choices for his cabi­net are very con­cern­ing. Most of the peo­ple he se­lected have demon­strated a dis­re­gard for the law and civil so­ci­ety. They in­clude racists, sex­ists, fraud­sters, war crim­i­nals, psy­chopaths and some fairly un­in­tel­li­gent peo­ple. They most all share an ex­treme right-wing phi­los­o­phy.

Per­haps Trump has cho­sen peo­ple who are like him or have con­nec­tions that he feels that he needs. In some cases he may have cho­sen them be­cause of their per­ceived power. It is ap­par­ent that some of his ap­point­ments were sim­ply pur­chased.

Trump cer­tainly isn't the first Pres­i­dent to give cabi­net po­si­tions to sup­port­ers or to choose peo­ple who are un­suited for the job.

On some lev­els, Trump's cabi­net could make his of­fice more ef­fec­tive and help him achieve his goals through unity in pur­pose. With them he could more eas­ily dis­man­tle en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tions and the pub­lic school sys­tem while en­rich­ing his fol­low­ers at the ex­pense of the na­tion. It is trou­bling is that his cabi­net choices make per­fect sense if he is plan­ning on run­ning the coun­try as a cor­po­rate dic­ta­tor­ship or to sim­ply loot it.

If his in­tent was to ac­tu­ally make Amer­ica great again, he would have needed to make much dif­fer­ent choices. He would have cho­sen in­tel­li­gent and ca­pa­ble peo­ple who have de­fended the Con­sti­tu­tion and com­bated cor­rup­tion. He would have picked en­trepreneurs with a track record of build­ing a suc­cess­ful and eth­i­cal busi­ness that makes a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion, or or­ga­ni­za­tional man­agers who have demon­strated an abil­ity to man­age peo­ple and com­plex sys­tems. He would have cho­sen peo­ple who don't think like him and could of­fer di­verse, in­tel­li­gent and mean­ing­ful per­spec­tives.

For Sec­re­tary of State he would have cho­sen some­one who is a great com­mu­ni­ca­tor that rep­re­sents the best Amer­ica has to of­fer, not a greedy, ly­ing cor­po­rate crim­i­nal.

For the De­part­ment of Jus­tice he would have cho­sen some­one who un­der­stands the con­cept of jus­tice and who has stud­ied crim­i­nals and how they op­er­ate. In­stead he chose some­one who is an un­in­tel­li­gent racist and sex­ist.

One of his most alarm­ing se­lec­tions is war crim­i­nal and psy­chopath "Mad Dog" James Mat­tis. Un­der his di­rec­tion, US Marines en­gaged in hor­rific war crimes and de­lib­er­ately tar­geted civil­ians and need­lessly en­gaged in whole­sale slaugh­ter.

Mat­tis does not at­tempt to hide his psy­chosis. He claims that "It’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them." Any­one who kills for fun is very sick in the head and should be locked up or put down as one would put down a ra­bid dog. In­stead, Trump wants to put him in charge of the most pow­er­ful killing ma­chine on Earth.

Some of Trump's choices in­clude bil­lion­aires. We have to ask, why would bil­lion­aires leave their per­sonal em­pires to take a job that doesn't pay enough to be worth their time? A bil­lion­aire has all they could pos­si­bly want, ex­cept per­haps more power. So, if they are just af­ter power what will they do with it?

The track record of most of th­ese peo­ple demon­strates that they aren't in­ter­ested in serv­ing the greater good but only care about their own wealth and power. Most of them pose a se­ri­ous threat to Amer­ica and civil so­ci­ety.

Trump's spe­cial fi­nan­cial treat­ment sug­gests a close re­la­tion­ship with the in­ter­na­tional bank­ing com­mu­nity and an on­go­ing re­la­tion­ship with or­ga­nized crime. The ques­tion is what were they get­ting in re­turn in the past and what will they ex­pect in the fu­ture?

Cer­tainly an align­ment with pow­er­ful forces has pro­vided a great deal of pro­tec­tion for Mr. Trump but that alone would not be enough to ex­plain the halt­ing of fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

One way a per­son can en­gage in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity with­out pros­e­cu­tion is to be­come an in­for­mant to a law en­force­ment or in­tel­li­gence agency. It is pos­si­ble that Don­ald Trump was an in­for­mant for the FBI and/or CIA in ex­change for pro­tec­tion. He cer­tainly had the con­nec­tions and close as­so­ci­a­tion to var­i­ous crim­i­nals to be of value to the FBI and Felix Slater could have in­tro­duced him to his han­dlers. Be­ing an in­for­mant would have also made Trump feel spe­cial and a win­ner, which are his pri­mary needs.

Trump's treat­ment by the me­dia in­di­cates that Amer­i­can and in­ter­na­tional Oli­garchs wanted him to be se­lected or at least have a very good chance of win­ning. If they didn't they would have sim­ply ig­nored him as they did all of the third party can­di­dates.

How Dan­ger­ous is Trump?

If all goes to plan, Don­ald Trump, a man with a deeply flawed char­ac­ter and known as­so­ci­a­tions to crim­i­nal el­e­ments and loy­al­ties to for­eign pow­ers, will be­come po­ten­tially the most pow­er­ful man on Earth on Jan­uary 20 when he be­comes Pres­i­dent of the United States.

Trump is not just about to as­sume the high­est of­fice but is ex­pand­ing his power by sur­round­ing him­self with peo­ple who are very much like him. His cabi­net in­cludes some of the world's most pow­er­ful busi­ness­men, some of which are cor­po­rate crim­i­nals and so­ciopaths with their own dark agen­das and mas­sive fi­nan­cial re­sources and power.

Trump will not only have the power of the Ex­ec­u­tive of­fice as Pres­i­dent but will be sup­ported by a Repub­li­can Congress and nu­mer­ous Repub­li­can Gov­er­nors.

It must be un­der­stood that at no time in Amer­i­can his­tory has so much power been en­trusted to one per­son. Thanks to Ge­orge H. Bush, Ge­orge W. Bush and Obama, and their ero­sion of the Con­sti­tu­tion and con­cen­tra­tion of power in the Ex­ec­u­tive branch, Trump will have far more power than any Pres­i­dent be­fore him. He will in­deed have the power to re­shape Amer­ica and will cer­tainly leave his mark not just on the U.S. but on much of the world as well.

With so much power he could do great and ben­e­fi­cial things, or he could de­stroy ev­ery­thing. Our col­lec­tive fu­ture will cer­tainly be im­pacted by this one man.

Don­ald Trump does not talk much about the Con­sti­tu­tion or seem to even know what is in it. He has not ex­pressed any in­ten­tion of up­root­ing the vi­o­la­tions of the Con­sti­tu­tion im­posed by pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tions. So, there is no rea­son to be­lieve that Trump will do the right thing.

At this stage we have no choice but to give Don­ald Trump a chance. But the Amer­i­can peo­ple should be pre­pared to re­move him from power very quickly if he starts to go down the wrong path. There is too much to lose to al­low him to be­come a malev­o­lent dic­ta­tor or al­low his co­horts to loot the coun­try. There­fore it is crit­i­cal that all Amer­i­cans ed­u­cate them­selves and oth­ers about him. He needs to be a topic of dis­cus­sion and in­for­ma­tion about him and his choices need to be shared freely.

What to do About Don­ald Trump

I have been con­tem­plat­ing Mr. Trump for much of the last year and there are times when I can't get him out of my mind. He con­cerns me like noth­ing else does.

Part of me wants to think that he is not so bad. But I can't ig­nore who the man is. It would be delu­sional to think that he has some­how changed since be­ing de­clared Pres­i­dent-elect. Trump claims, "When I look at my­self in the first grade and I look at my­self now, I’m ba­si­cally the same."

When I in­tu­itively look into the fu­ture I sense two prob­a­ble out­comes. One is not so dis­as­trous, with some pos­i­tive changes along with a lot of bad, and the other is worse that most peo­ple can pos­si­bly imag­ine.

The one thing that might re­duce the neg­a­tive im­pact is Mr. Trump's need for ap­proval. He has shown that he is usu­ally in­ca­pable of ac­cept­ing crit­i­cism but does show that he is emo­tion­ally af­fected by it. Trump likes to be adored and the mil­lions of Trum­petts in his cheer­ing sec­tion may not be enough to sat­isfy his ego. He may need to win over more Amer­i­cans to truly feel like a win­ner.

Don­ald Trump in his se­nior year in 1964. Photo in the New York Mil­i­tary Academy year­book.

Photo taken in May 1927 as a riot is about to break out be­tween KKK mem­bers and the po­lice. Photo:brook­lyn Daily Ea­gle

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