Who’d Have Guessed Trump Is Cynical, Amoral, And Self Serving?

I’m shocked. Shocked I tell you. Someone said the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. So when people like Caitlyn Jenner act all betrayed and dismayed about Trump’s treatment of gay people I’d say the most important information we have is how the now President treated his close friend and confidant Roy Cohn.  Cohn, a powerhouse lawyer, was always there to help with the shady tax abatements, the zoning variances, the sweetheart deals, and to threaten  those who might stand in Trump’s way. “You knew when you were in Cohn’s presence you were in the presence of pure evil,” said lawyer Victor A. Kovner, who had known him for years. What was in it for Cohn?  Ironclad loyalty. The quid pro quo of being essential to the rich and powerful. Cohn would go on to become one of the last great power brokers of New York. His friends and clients came to include New York’s Francis Cardinal Spellman and Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. Cohn would become an occasional guest at the Reagan White House and a constant presence at Studio 54.  Cohn had an indelible influence on Trump. “Roy was a master of situational immorality . . . . He used a three-dimensional strategy: 1. Never settle, never surrender. 2. Counter-attack, counter-sue immediately. 3. No matter what happens, no matter how deeply into the muck you get, claim victory and never admit defeat.” As columnist Liz Smith once observed, “Donald lost his moral compass when he made an alliance with Roy Cohn.” And they were inseparable for many years.

There was a fly in the ointment, however. In spite of being a rabid conservative and integral to the machinations of the rich and powerful, Roy was very gay. And that was a no-no back in the day. Roy was happy to stay closeted in exchange for not being an embarrassment that had to be explained away to Jerry Falwell and his ilk who were then coming into their own as the Dominionist backbone of the conservative movement. Well, actually there were several flies in the ointment. The one doing the backstroke like Mike Phelps in an Olympic pool was HIV. Word  soon began to circulate that Cohn was battling AIDS. He denied it. He was also under a cloud of fraud and ethical-misconduct charges. When it became undeniable, Trump dropped him like a hot potato.  Trump would eventually present Cohn with a thank-you gift for a decade of favors: a pair of diamond cuff links. The diamonds like Donald’s friendship, turned out to be fakes.

So this is a guy who knew where the bodies were buried, because he buried them. All that mattered not a bit to Donald.  The LGTBQ community is an easy target, and will get some blowback, but none from his core base.  Those around him like Jeff Sessions and those in his “inner circle” will do well to remember loyalty goes one way only.  When you no longer have any use betrayal is shortly around the corner.

So why did Trump announce his new transgender policy via twitter today?  According to Politico,

After a week sparring with his attorney general and steaming over the Russia investigation consuming his agenda, President Donald Trump was closing in on an important win. House Republicans were planning to pass a spending bill stacked with his campaign promises, including money to build his border wall with Mexico. But an internal House Republican fight over transgender troops was threatening to blow up the bill. And House GOP insiders feared they might not have the votes to pass the legislation because defense hawks wanted a ban on Pentagon-funded sex reassignment operations — something GOP leaders wouldn’t give them. They turned to Trump, who didn’t hesitate. In the flash of a tweet, he announced that transgender troops would be banned altogether.

There you have it. The simple cynical explanation.

Oh, and the number of days its been Trump hasn’t been a national embarrassment?


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14 Responses to Who’d Have Guessed Trump Is Cynical, Amoral, And Self Serving?

  1. If we were’t seeing/hearing this, it wouldn’t be believable! You couldn’t make this stuff up!

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  2. Carmen says:

    From another blog I follow:

    (There was supposed to be a tweet of tRump’s in the message – a tweet – which read:
    “Thank you to the LGBT community! I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that (sic) will threaten your freedoms and beliefs.”

    The bottom line is, if you voted for Trump, you voted for a bigoted, lying pig. You voted for someone who seems to delight in lying. Thankfully there are many who oppose him.

    From me – Head-shakingly horrible – what a nasty person he is.

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    • persedeplume says:

      CNN’s been running a montage of video clips from his campaign on how he’s the champion for LGTB ever since his tweets about banning transgender from the military. It gets jarring after a while.

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      • Carmen says:

        I don’t know what will get through to tRump supporters. I had a forward from some guy in the States yesterday having to do with the Health Care debate. He’s a Republican, so you know it would be a glowing endorsement . . . it was an article written by a fellow named Guy Benson. Jesus. I wrote a strongly-worded condemnation back to him, but I think all the criticism just sails right on over Republican-supporting heads; they’re smitten with their new orange-Herr leader. 😦

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  3. john zande says:

    Eleven personal trips this year by Trump to Mar-A-Lago: $29 million

    Medical services for transgender people in the military: $8.4 million

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    • Nan says:

      Oh but poor tRump … he has to REST and PLAY GOLF because he works sooooo hard eliminating anything that’s related to OBAMA. You know, that BLACK, MUSLIM ex-President. The guy that red-blooded, flag-waving, God-fearing whites can’t stand.

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  4. Judy says:

    I have a little switch that kicks into neutral at some point when the news/image is so gharstly as to be nearly unbelievable. I discovered it when I was about 4 and my folks insisted on taking me to Disney movies where humans did terrible things to animals (“your mother is dead, Bambi”) and Dumbo’s mother tied to stakes in a burning circus tent, oh THANK you Mr. Disney for those images–and ever since then, I have always been able to flip that “this is not happening” switch so my overimaginative mind will allow me to sleep at night. I no longer watch horror movies with gurgling death cries, off-camera murders (which are somehow far more evocative than the on-camera ones) and Donald Trump, gassing his way through what is laughingly called his Presidency.

    That too, is not allowed to invade my dreams, waking or sleeping.

    And I agree, Trump mavens seem to have a huge blind spot where he’s concerned, no idea why. Maybe if they really saw what’s there they’d be so horrified…nahh, they’d blame it on Hillary.

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  5. Scottie says:

    I just read the Coast Guard Commandant Paul Zukunft had his office reach out personally to all the coast guard transgendered. He told them he will not turn his back on them. I have heard the other military leaders have also said to go back now would hurt readiness. So right now the military leaders are not in favor of what tRump wants to do just so he can get his wall. tRump claimed to be listening to “his generals” when he tweeted that, yet the generals are insisting that trans service members be allowed to serve. Hugs

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    • Judy says:

      i love this, and the idea that people are willing to take a stand for what is honorable and decent and humane. Even knowing it could cost them, eventually, they still do it. That alone gives me hope.

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