Throwback Thursday: Trump, Inc (2017-2021)

To say that the last Presidential administration was controversial and unnecessarily complicated is an understatement.

The WNYC podcast, Trump, Inc. aired from 2017 to 2021. For four years, this investigative journalism podcast delved into the lies and half-truths coming from Washington D.C. Leaving no stone unturned, the revelations of the greed, complicity, and scandal were complete and jaw-dropping.

I loved it. There was nothing superficial or flashy about the information that was reported. It was deep, real, disturbing, and solidified my opinion of you know who.

Do I recommend it? Yes.


American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power Book Review

One of the beautiful things about American culture, is that one’s status within the society is not static. There are opportunities to grow beyond the circumstances of one’s birth. Unfortunately, with those opportunities, comes the risk that not every business venture is on the up and up.

Journalist and Trump, Inc. host Andrea Bernstein recently published her new book, American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power. In the book, she starts with the immigrant roots of both families and ends with the current economic and political state of her subjects. Utilizing interviews, hundreds of thousands of pages of documents, Bernstein draws a picture of two families who would do anything (and I mean anything) to get a powerful place and stay in power.

This book is an eye-opener. Those of us who are news junkies are fully aware of the current press that surrounds both families, but the past press is often overlooked. The thing is about this book, is that it can be seen as partisan, depending on your perspective. As a Democrat who is more than ready to see you know who out of office, this book confirms everything that I believe about the current administration.

I recommend it.

Is Michael Cohen Contrite Or Just Pretending For The Cameras?

The noose is tightening around you know who.

His former security adviser, Michael Flynn, is accused of lying about his interactions with Russia during the 2016 election. His former lawyer, Michael Cohen was this week found guilty of lying to Congress about the payments that were made to two women who his boss has affairs with. As of next March, he will be calling prison home for the next three years.

After his conviction, he sat down with ABC News and sounded contrite. The question is, does he truly feel remorseful or is he pretending for the cameras?

Honestly, I don’t know if I believe him. While I understand how easy it is to get involved with work and those whom you work with, there has to be a clear moral and legal boundary somewhere. Either he didn’t see that moral and legal boundary or he chose to ignore it. The first one might be excusable, based on certain factors. The second one, there is no excuse, especially for someone who by trade knows the law inside and out.

Back in April, the podcast Trump, Inc. dedicated an entire episode to Michael Cohen. To make a long story short, his business dealings before working for you know who were not exactly on the up and up.

It has been said that karma is b*tch. One way or another, one is punished for one’s misdeeds. Going to prison is the least that Michael Cohen can do for the crimes he committed against the American people.

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