One of former President George W. Bush’s former speechwriters just wrote the most scathingly accurate Trump family comparison to The Godfather literature and it’s going viral.
David Frum is a conservative who worked in a trusted position in the Bush White House.
His reaction to a presidential temper tantrum playing out in real time on Twitter captures the national reaction to the whining of Trump, the son of a powerful man whose tremendous inferiority complex is only eclipsed in size by his stupidity and ego. He wrote:
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Trump may imagine that he’s Michael Corleone, the tough and canny rightful heir—or even Sonny Corleone, the terrifyingly violent but at least powerful heir apparent—but after today he is Fredo forever.
David Frum also called out the complicit Republicans holding positions of power, those Senators, like Chuck Grassley or Lindsey Graham, who kowtow to Trump’s authoritarian demands.
He also cites the GOP’s shameless enabling of attacks on America’s institutions as the next targets for action now that the President’s unfitness for office has been exposed by the new book “Fire and Fury.”
Michael Wolff has done a crucial service, showing more intimately than any reporter yet the true nature of the man at the center of the American system. But without the complicity of other power-holders, Trump would drop from his central position like a tooth from a rotten gum.
What we need to do now is widen the camera angle beyond Fredo Trump to the hard-faced men and women over his shoulders. Those are the people who put Trump where he is, and keep him there, corrupting the institutions of American democracy and troubling the peace and security of the world.
The President’s guilty stream of consciousness tweeting reminded many of Fredo Corleone, from the mafia chronicles of a family living on Long Island not far from Queens where Trump grew up.
Fredo Corleone was the second oldest son (like Trump, whose older brother Fred died young), whose sadly pathetic outburst (video below) concluded the original pair of Best Picture Award-winning films with his insistence in the face of overwhelming facts demonstrating his betrayal of the family, that he, Fredo, was not in fact who he was: dumb and unfit to lead.
It’s hard to disagree with David Frum’s description of why Republicans elevated a man who has become “Fredo forever” into the nation’s highest office. The GOP supported Trump because he is Fredo. Frum writes:
It may not be the newsiest—arguably it is the least newsy—but the most important moment in Wolff’s book are words attributed at second or third-hand to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at the time of Donald Trump’s election. “He will sign anything we put in front of him.”
Who and what Donald Trump is has been known to everyone and anyone who cared to know for years and decades. Before he was president, he was the country’s leading racist conspiracy theorist. Before he was the country’s leading racist conspiracy theorist, he was a celebrity gameshow host. Before he was a celebrity gameshow host, he was the multi-bankrupt least trusted name in real estate. Before he was the multi-bankrupt least trusted name in real estate, he was the protege of Roy Cohn’s repeatedly accused of ties to organized crime. From the start, Donald Trump was a man of many secrets, but no mysteries. Inscribed indelibly on the public record were the reasons for responsible people to do everything in their power to bar him from the presidency.
Instead, since he announced his candidacy in mid-2015, Donald Trump has been enabled and protected.
Hillary Clinton famously wrote that it takes a village to raise a child, but we now know that it only takes the Republican Party to protect a childlike leader in the Oval Office, so long as he does absolutely whatever they ask and “signs anything.”
Republicans aren’t just Trump’s enablers; in many ways, they’re now becoming his puppet master in their quest to stack the federal judiciary with moles, harm Obamacare without repealing it and radically redistributing wealth in America through their tax scam bill.
Michael Wolff’s best-selling book just exposed the endless cynicism it takes for Republicans, and especially those close to the President, to maintain their charade to the American public that Donald Trump is – somehow – fit for office.
But it took Donald Trump to expose himself as a weak man of sadly limited intelligence like Fredo Corleone, struggling to falsely claim to America that he’s not a sell-out when he really is in bed with a broad array of foreign powers, not to mention his friendly relations with authoritarian dictators abroad.
After Fredo’s tantrum in The Godfather, it wasn’t long before his storyline ended, and President Trump’s administration similarly looks precarious from today forward.
Watch how eerily Trump’s pathetic tweets Fredo Corleone’s whining in The Godfather: