Fuhrer trump has not been officially sworn in as yet, but the man and his business cronies are on a roll. (Rules? What rules? We don't need no stinkin rules.) The Donald is already meeting with foreign leaders and cutting deals favorable to his business interests. This, my friends, might be the biggest confidence game in history. Donald trump has made himself the most powerful man on earth, and there is no one left to check him.
According to Mr. trump there is no conflict of interests when the president does these sorts of things, because...he is...well, the president. He honestly believes that these rules don't apply to him.
Just today we found out that his foundation was breaking the law by skirting IRS rules. Think about that for a minute. Your president-elect is involved with a scheme to defraud the IRS. Of course it would have helped if we could have seen his tax returns before electing him, but hey, when you are a professional con man you tend to find your way around these little problems.
Little problems like the Trump University fiasco, for instance. The man was forced to settle the law suit and pay out millions of dollars to the thousands of poor people that he defrauded out of their hard earned money. He did so without admitting wrong doing, so knowing Donald, this is what he will hang his hat on. But I blame the attorney generals who went after him, not the merits of their case. I suspect that they were as anxious to settle as he was. No one wants to pick a legal fight with the most powerful man on earth. Especially one who as litigious as trump.
Donald has been calling in the press and reading them the riot act over the past two days. He will not tolerate an unfavorable article or pictures that paint him in a less than flattering light. And he has officially declared war on America's most noteworthy newspaper, the New York Times.
So we are looking at a man who uses his power to enrich himself, crush dissent where and when he can, and who lashes out at any media outlet that is not favorable to him. Oh, and just for good measure, keep in mind that he hasn't had a press conference since last summer. (YouTube videos don't count.)
All of this is right out of the autocratic playbook.
His hero in Russia must be so proud.