August 10, 2022

Trump just launched into a wild Twitter rant trying to excuse his pathetic business record

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“Dear diary,

The god-damned press is uncovering all of my shady financial secrets and making my life a living hell. I am going to have to undermine their credibility with a cover story that no one with half a brain will believe while continuing to attack the media as peddling nothing but malicious lies. I’m the president so almost half the public will just take my word for it. They are so easy to con.

Until next time,


No, that’s not an actual entry from the personal diary of President Trump — readin’ and writin’ just aren’t his thing — but it may as well be.


Trump uses Twitter as his daily record of the personal slights and emotional turmoil he suffers as he faces the scrutiny of the media looking into the less savory — and dubiously legal — aspects of his past.

This morning, the reporting that’s been uncovered in the past week by The New York Times regarding the refusal of top Deutsche Bank officials to report to the federal government their internal team’s discovery of suspicious financial transactions in accounts linked to Trump and his son in law Jared Kushner was top of mind for the president.

His response: deny, deny, deny. And shoot the messenger.

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In some strange perverse way, one almost has to admire the audacity of Trump’s lies.

First, the cojones it must take to think that the public will believe a man with a demonstrated record of telling more documented lies than any other recorded politician (over 10,000 told!) rather than the verified reporting of a major media outlet is astounding.

Second, Trump was just outed as losing more money in a single year than any other American according to the recently uncovered tax summaries and we’re going to believe that he didn’t need banks or money because he’s such as successful businessman?

The president would have us believe that banks were clamoring for his business after a string of bankruptcies and the filing of tax returns that prove that he was losing, not earning, a fortune. Surely anyone with a similar financial record would be eagerly greeted with an open checkbook by the bankers flocking to their door, Trump would like us to think.

Trump can cry “Fake News” all he wants, but despite his claims that reporters sit around the newsroom and just plot to make up stories that will damage his reputation — as if he had a reputation worth protecting — journalists actually talk to sources at the banks that refused to loan to the habitually money-losing real estate developer, and, whether they want to be publicly identified or not, those sources have much more credibility with no particular self-interest at stake than the man who doth protest too much — way, way too much.

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The president claims that his businesses generated so much cash that he didn’t need to borrow from banks, a claim easily refuted by both his bankruptcies and the fact that he applied for loans from many lenders and was rejected repeatedly until Deutsche Bank — a bank fined over half a billion dollars by the federal government for laundering Russian money — came to his rescue.

If Trump indeed did have all the cash he needed, he raises the right question in his tweet:

“But where did he get all of that cash? Could it be Russia?”

The president says no today, but his answer is contradicted by a statement made by his son Eric in 2014 who told writer James Dodson that “we don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.”

Please spare us the lies, Mr. Trump. The only people who believe your pitiful excuses and accusations are the ones too lazy or ignorant to do the easily conducted research that refutes them.

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Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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