The Times continues to dig through Trump’s taxes
I’m trying to stick with this ongoing reporting, even as the collective world only burns faster and hotter and brighter since the first story dropped just a few weeks ago. What struck me about this latest piece — and it’s something we all know intuitively — is how much of the corruption is just out there in the open. The fact that the Times has to rely on an inside source for tax records to even expose Trump’s malfeasance is, in and of itself, a massive scandal. Then there’s the chart that shows so clearly how often he visits his own private clubs and meets with favor currying donors at the same clubs, all paid for by the government. It’s just a stunning amount of self-dealing and cheap grifting and it’s right out there in the open!
Like the Mueller report before it, the details of the President’s total abdication of duty will have no effect on how people think about the job he’s done. That’s a stunning indictment of our times. We can hope, though, the outcome could be different, even if this reporting has been lost in flood of shit that is the 2020 election. If we manage to excise the cancer and the malignancy that created it, the law comes next.