March 16, 2023

CRIME SCENE: Social media has a party after Trump Org. guilty verdicts

FAKERY: Bot army praised Trump in Twitter flood while attacking Haley & DeSantis

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For a long time now, the moniker “Trump Crime Family” has been applied by many to describe the goings-on of a business that has been known, among other things, as an alleged haven for Russian mob money.

Stories by The New York Times and others have made it abundantly clear that the Trump family has also engaged in some, let’s say, less than kosher practices to reduce their tax burden while increasing their property values when it suited them.

Currently, New York State Attorney General Letitia James has a $250 million lawsuit against Trump, his two dopey sons, and sweet, innocent Ivanka (please don’t puke) for inflating the values of their properties and lying on loan forms.

If successful (and the chances just increased that it will be), the suit could prevent them from operating in the state.

Trump also, of course, is dealing with a Justice Department investigation surrounding his theft of documents from the White House, many of which were classified.

And he’s being investigated by the Justice Department and January 6 Committee for the small matter of trying to overthrow the American republic by a violent coup.

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With all that, though, we can at long last now officially say that the “Trump Crime Family” nickname has been proven to be undeniably true, as a New York jury just found that the Trump Organization that the family runs guilty of no less than seventeen counts of tax crimes.

The sentencing will be on January 13, ominously a Friday.

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More to the point, from the testimony of Trump’s former right-hand man Allen Weisselberg, we know that Dirty Donald himself was fully aware of the scheme.

Now, perhaps Trump is too busy hosting Nazis at Mar-a-Lago or wiping the tears off of Kari Lake’s face to have taken much notice of the court ruling against him.

But the Twitterverse certainly wasn’t going to let him or his demon spawn live it down.

The celebration was joyous, heartfelt, and at times delightfully mean.

Some made sure to point out that Trump’s kids are the only ones now who officially worked for a criminal enterprise:

(Who doesn’t like Jo?)

Some expressed hope for the future:

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And just a bit more justifiable snark, if you will:

Let’s hope that the last one is true.

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Ross Rosenfeld

is a news analysis and opinion writer whose work has also appeared in the New York Daily News and Newsweek. He lives in New York.

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