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“Historical tax credits”

Golly, it seems as if the oldest scion of the Trump family may not know what he’s talking about. Who could have guessed? Via Oliver Willis:

BRIAN KILMEADE, Fox News: It goes on and on for days, but you guys’ organization have $300 million in loans due in the next three years. What could you tell us about that story?

DONALD TRUMP JR.: Listen, it’s ridiculous. My father’s paid tens of millions of taxes. If he does things in certain years where you get depreciation, where you get write off, where you get historical tax credits, like we did when we took on the risk of building the Old Post Office in D.C., it’s the perfect example.

That was literally a government contract. We bid against every hotel company in the world. Historical tax credits that you use to offset tax payments for taking the risk to build that. That was done under the Obama administration. It literally took an act of Congress to get it done.

So with that comes historical tax credits. That’s the reality. People don’t understand what goes into a business. It doesn’t include property taxes, it doesn’t include payroll taxes, it doesn’t include real estate taxes, it doesn’t include so many of the things that he has been paying taxes on forever as he’s also putting thousands and thousands of people to work on an annual basis.

But of course the New York Times does this. They put out a selective, you know, picture of all of these things the day before a debate to try to give someone like Joe Biden, you know, an attack line. They come up with one or two catchy sound bites, and that’s the game.

He may not be able to explain why rich people don’t have to pay income taxes while the rest of us do but you have to be impressed by the fact that he’s become such a good little wingnut. That combination of Trumpian whining combined with right-wing grievance and verbal gobbledygook is such a perfect combination.

Here’s the video:

The dumbest man in the US Senate says some things:

A top Republican senator blamed U.S. Attorney John Durham’s criminal inquiry into the Russia investigation for presenting a roadblock to documents sought by Congress.

This is why Sen. Ron Johnson, the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said “it is incredibly disappointing” if the federal prosecutor does not intend to release an interim report before the Nov. 3 election due to concerns about such a disclosure being viewed as political as Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo reported on Sunday.

“What’s political is if he doesn’t report,” the Wisconsin Republican declared. Johnson said the “deep state” has, “through these other investigations,” prevented the public “from knowing what happened with the FBI’s corruption of their investigation, the corruption of the transition process, for about three-and-a-half years.”

“We have been prevented from getting documents because John Durham doesn’t want us to in any way, shape, or form affect his prosecution,” Johnson said. “So, the bottom line,” he added, is “that means the American people might go to the polls … without knowing the full extent and all the detail of all the corruption, again, of that FBI investigation, and the corruption of the transition process.”

As a remedy, Johnson said Attorney General William Barr should ensure that documents requests, including his own, are met in the near future. The senator also called on Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe to declassify information targeted by congressional subpoenas before the election. “The political nature is if we don’t provide that information,” Johnson insisted, making the opposite argument of Democrats and some national security veterans who have raised concerns about an “October Surprise.”

Last week, Johnson released a report focused on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, and his foreign dealings, which critics claim was designed to influence the Nov. 3 election.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, who made an appearance earlier in the show, said a “more damning” disclosure is imminent after he released records showing British former intelligence officer Christopher Steele’s main source for his anti-Trump dossier was the subject of an FBI counterintelligence investigation a decade ago. Late last week, Barr sent a letter to Graham revealing the declassified information about Steele’s primary sub-source and noting that he alerted Radcliffe “to certain classified information in the possession of the intelligence community, also brought to my attention by Mr. Durham, which bear upon the FBI’s knowledge concerning the reliability of the dossier.

It’s so stupid. The dossier wasn’t reliable. We know that. But we also know that it wasn’t used as the predicate for the investigation. The hiring of Manafort, who had been working in cahoots with Russian operatives in Ukraine for decades and the vast numbers of Russians and people talking to them crawling all over the Trump campaign as the Russian government was hacking into Democratic emails was more than enough of a tip-off.

I guess I’m not surprised that Durham refused to do Barr’s dirty work on this. His top associate resigned abruptly over it and he was facing the total destruction of his reputation if he followed through. I’m fairly sure he’s a bad actor, nonetheless, who plans to release a report smearing “the deep state” after the election, regardless of who wins. Maybe I’ll be surprised.

Anyway, Johnson won’t give up and who knows what hysterical nonsense Graham is going to come up with? If by some miracle he ends up losing I think he might be wildly vindictive. Same if he wins, actually. Of course, with him, it’s also possible that if he wins and Bidens wins as well he will try to suck up as the bipartisan maverick again. He likes to be “relevant.”

But he can never be “relevant” again, regardless of what happens in this election. He’s shown his true colors and he’s been such an invertebrate Trump brown-noser that even the wingnuts in South Carolina are sickened by him.

Bring out yer dead

Long Before PPE Suits: Why Did Bubonic Plague Doctors Wear Those Strange  Beaked Masks?

I know we’re not supposed to “shame” people for failing to follow COVID guidelines. But come on. Over 200,000 Americans are dead with hundreds of thousands more horribly ill and billions and billions of dollars spent in health costs and economic losses.

But this is the only thing that matters, I guess:

It’s heartbreaking to think of all the preventable deaths because people just don’t care about spreading this thing around.

Which garrulous guy at the end of bar will prevail tomorrow night?

Debate night: How Joe Biden and Donald Trump are preparing for their big  clash

On Sunday evening, the New York Times published a blockbuster story based on the tax returns that Donald Trump has gone all the way to the Supreme Court to keep hidden. He didn’t want Congress to see it, he didn’t want the Manhattan district attorney to see it and he didn’t want us to see it — and now we know why. He is deeply in debt and has paid virtually no federal income taxes for the last 15 years. Last year he paid $750. There are no zeros missing from that sentence.

It’s surely coincidental that this big story hit just two days before the next big event of the presidential campaign: Trump’s first debate with Joe Biden on Tuesday night. but you may recall this exchange in the debate with Hillary Clinton in 2016:

It’s a stark reminder of just how successful Trump has been at keeping this information away from the public.

It will be interesting to see how Biden handles all this in the first debate in Cleveland, or whether it will make any difference one way or the other. Trump likes to say that he won the general election debates with Hillary Clinton in 2016, and there even seems to be some conventional wisdom in the press that he’s right, but it couldn’t be further from truth.

Gallup polls after all three debates in 2016 made clear that Clinton cleaned his clock as far as the public was concerned. She won by 34 points in the first debate, 18 points in the second and 29 points in the third. Viewers preferred her positions on all the issues including the deficit, Social Security, Russia, foreign crises, the economy, the Supreme Court, immigration and overall fitness to be president. (In fact, 60% of those polled even found her to be more likable!) And 83 percent disagreed with Trump’s refusal to agree to abide by the results of the election, including 77 percent of Republicans. Imagine that.

But let’s not forget that he vanquished 17 more or less qualified opponents in the Republican primaries with his wild and unpredictable debate antics. The country wasn’t used to his insults and crude behavior at that point so perhaps it all seemed like fun and games. But he had all those men (and one woman) on their heels from the very beginning.

They tried everything. They went after his businesses, they demeaned his knowledge and intellect, they tried to disarm him with insults and humor, they tried to ignore him and talk past him. None of it worked. He wasn’t debating, he was performing, and it was like trying to play chess with someone who is just moving the pieces randomly on the board.

Clinton did well against him in spite of that, but she had to put up with some outlandish antics. He stalked her all over the stage like the Incredible Hulk, called her “the devil” and said if he were president she’d be in jail — all to her face. She gamely moved past it and people believed she won the debates. But will that work for Joe Biden?

Biden’s campaign spokesperson Kate Bedingfield appeared on CNN on Sunday and said he was planning to talk about all the great things he will do for the country, indicating that he is planning to try to ignore Donald Trump. Good luck with that. According to Jonathan Swan at Axios, Trump’s strategy, to the extent he has one, is to show the country that he’s a “tough guy.” So he’s been trying out attack lines at his COVID-19 super-spreader rallies “seeing what ignites his crowds or falls flat.”

One of his favorites is obviously the idea that Biden is on drugs:

This actually qualifies as a Trump greatest hit at this point. In October of 2016 he said the same thing about Clinton.

Many observers have noted that his depictions of Biden and Clinton as doddering invalids would seem to be counterproductive, setting the bar so low that they end up looking great. That’s why Trump uses this drug charge — yes, they are doddering invalids, which is why they need all those drugs! Trump “explained” all this at his rally in North Carolina last week:

According to Swan, Trump’s people are worried that he is overconfident, hasn’t prepared, doesn’t know anything about policy or what he wants to do in a second term, will attack the moderator and downplay the pandemic. They are clearly correct to be concerned, although apparently Trump and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have been working with some flash cards, so it’s all under control.

Biden’s people are worried that he’ll commit some gaffe, lose his temper, talk too much or take the bait from Trump, all of which are reasonable worries. He’s not what you’d call a disciplined, precise speaker and Donald Trump can get under anyone’s skin.

There is a lot of advice floating around. Philippe Reines, who played Trump in the mock debates with Clinton, suggested in a Washington Post op-ed that Biden “preempt” the president by telegraphing for the audience what they’re about to hear:

C’mon, Mr. President. Everyone knows that whatever you call fake is real. Whatever you call a lie is the truth. Whatever you accuse others of doing is what you’ve done. And whatever you make fun of me for saying by accident only serves to deflect from what you say on purpose.

Dr. Richard Friedman, a professor of clinical psychiatry at the Weill Cornell Medical College wrote in the New York Times last week that Trump is best disarmed with humor and ridicule, suggesting that his fragile self-esteem can’t take it. I can’t help but recall Sen. Marco Rubio’s sad attempts at doing that during a Republican primary debate in 2016 and wonder if that’s really a good idea. On the other hand, Rubio isn’t exactly a natural comedian, while Biden got off one of the best debate zingers of all time back in 2008 when he accused then-GOP frontrunner Rudy Giuliani of starting every sentence with “a noun, a verb and 9/11.” (Maybe Giuliani’s bizarre obsession with Biden has less to do with loyalty to Trump than with his own desire for revenge?)

The Commission on Presidential Debates has announced that moderators will not be doing any fact-checking, so Biden will have to decide whether to spend his time doing that or try to control the debate on his own terms. It occurred to me over the weekend, as I watched the two men closely, that while Trump can accurately be described as that arrogant blowhard at the end of the bar who forces you to move to a table to get away from him, Joe Biden is the fellow at the other end of the bar who’s buying everyone drinks and telling funny stories. It could be that he’s just the kind of guy who knows how to handle Donald Trump. We’ll find out on Tuesday night.

My Salon column reprinted with permission

Now THAT’S a Page 1!

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The following twitter thread is from Dan Alexander the Trump reporter at Forbes who has written a book called “White House Inc.” The NYT story discusses thevast sums of money Trump owes and has little way of paying back. Alexander lays out a list of all his debts. He owes more than a billion dollars and most of it is coming due in the next few years:

1/ The New York Times #TrumpTaxReturns story is terrific. I had about a million thoughts as I was reading though. I’ll be annotating those here, in this thread, for the next few hours.

2/ Story starts with this bombshell, that Trump paid just $750 in taxes in 2016 and another $750 in 2017. Shocking numbers for someone who we estimate is worth $2.5B. (Yes, you can still be really rich and disclose a tiny income or even huge losses. More on his net worth later.)

3/ Then we get to this part about the current state of his business, which highlights the amount of debt that Trump has coming due. We actually already know a lot about his debt — far more than most people who follow the news might think. Let’s pause here and dig into it.

4/ We’ll start at Trump’s old home, Trump Tower, where he owes $100M. This document shows that it has a $100M loan against it, with a 4.2% interest rate, due 9/6/2022. Trump, as you can see, has not paid down a dime of the principal.

5/ Then we’ll go to 40 Wall Street, where he owes $139M, split into several chunks. You can see the interest rate on all are 3.665%, and all of those come due on 7/6/25. Total debt accounted for so far: $239M million.

6/ We’ll next look at 1290 Ave. of the Americas, in which Trump owns a 30% interest alongside publicly traded Vornado. VNO discloses that there’s $950M of debt against it in doc below. Due in Nov 2022. Trump’s 30% share then equals $285M. Total debt accounted for so far: $524M.

7/ Then we’ll consider 555 California St., in which Trump also owns a 30% interest alongside Vornado. VNO discloses there’s $543M against that building, with a 5.1% interest rate, due Sep 2021. Trump’s 30% share is then 0.3 * 543 = $163M. Total debt accounted for so far: $687M.

8/ Now let’s look at Doral, Trump’s golf resort in Miami. It has 2 mortgages against it, totaling $125M. Both mature in 2023 and have variable interest rates. You can see the first pages of the mortgages, with the amounts circled, here. Total debt accounted for so far: $812M

9/ There’s also a loan against the DC hotel. The mortgage, which you can see below, lists it at $170M. The NYT reports that the balance is $160M. Trump may have paid down some principal here. We’ll use the NYT figure for our tally. Total debt accounted for so far: $972M.

10/ In New York, Trump owes a combined of $20M against a two smaller properties, Trump Plaza ($13.2M) and Trump International Hotel & Tower ($6.5M). Total debt accounted for so far: $992M

11/ At Trump Park Ave, where Ivanka and Jared used to live (in a condo owned by Donald), there’s another loan, which was at $15.3M in 2010, according to the doc below. Trump has been paying that one down. Probably closer to $10M now. Total debt accounted for so far: $1 billion.

12/ In Chicago, Trump lists two loans on his financial disclosure report. One for $25-50M and one for $50M+. These are complex liabilities that I won’t go too much into right now, but that’s another $75M+ in debt. Total debt accounted for so far: $1.1 billion.

13/ Trump has other small loans against a golf club in DC, one in New Jersey and a couple of mansions. Those add up to about another $35M or so in additional debt. The total accounted for still rounds to $1.1 billion. A lot of that, as the NYT story says, is coming due soon.

14/ Going to to take a break to write a story. I’ll be back when I’m done, with a LOT more to say about this great reporting from the New York Times.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/09/27/us/donald-trump-taxes.html?referringSource=articleShare

Originally tweeted by Dan Alexander (@DanAlexander21) on September 27, 2020.

By the way —

Not to put too fine a point on it

Susie Madrak wants to make sure something does not get lost in the latest New York Times Trump tax revelations: “Trump’s not a ‘failed businessman.’ … He’s a crook.” And a money launderer, she writes at Crooks and Liars:

This is not news. He was fined $10 million for “significant and long-standing” anti-money laundering violations at the Trump Taj Mahal casino.

Then there’s the dirty Russian money in Trump Tower.

His business partners are crooks, too.

Suspicious activity was noted by Deutsche Bank in Trump and Kushner accounts. Deutsche Bank, which had its own money laundering problems!

And these are just the scandals we know about, because Bob Mueller NEVER LOOKED AT HIS FINANCES.

And so’s yer old lady! Um, young lady. Ivanka is on the hot seat too. And daddy cannot pardon her for state crimes.

One can only hope there is any rule of law left by January 20th.

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Did things just get better or worse?

During the now acting president’s first debate with Hillary Clinton four years ago, she accused him of not releasing his taxes because he was hiding something. It was because he’d paid nothing in taxes for years.

“That makes me smart,” Trump interrupted.

No, it makes him broke. (Does Kimberly Guilfoyle know?)

A New York Times bombshell report Sunday on years of Trump taxes reveals:

Donald J. Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes the year he won the presidency. In his first year in the White House, he paid another $750.

He had paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years — largely because he reported losing much more money than he made.

The Times has obtained what Trump has long sought to keep from investigators: “tax-return data extending over more than two decades for Mr. Trump and the hundreds of companies that make up his business organization.”

Trump is deeply in debt. If he loses his dispute with the Internal Revenue Service over the validity of a $72.9 million tax refund, he could owe the government more than $100 million after including interest. He has hundreds of millions in loans coming due in the next few years with no way to repay them. Some he personally guaranteed.

A couple of key quotes:

“Ultimately, Mr. Trump has been more successful playing a business mogul than being one in real life.”

“To see what a successful business looks like, depreciation or not, look no further than one in Mr. Trump’s portfolio that he does not manage.”

“[Trump] is personally responsible for loans and other debts totaling $421 million, with most of it coming due within four years. Should he win re-election, his lenders could be placed in the unprecedented position of weighing whether to foreclose on a sitting president.”

Sunday’s lengthy report is just the overview. There is nothing more on Trump’s financial dealings with Russian oligarchs, but enough to whet the appetite for more. Not to worry. The Times reassures that “additional articles will be published in the coming weeks.”

Sunday’s revelations and those to come may or not further weaken the former reality TV star. But, warns The New Yorker‘s Jelani Cobb, they could make him more dangerous:

The Times says it will not release Trump’s documents to protect sources who had legal access to them. One wonders who they might be. Bankers? Federal officials? Perhaps other civil servants, as Cobb suggests, frustrated that William Barr’s Department of Justice will subvert the law to protect a deeply corrupt president? Trump will want to know. The hunt has already begun.

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s team responded nimbly with “I paid more in taxes than Donald Trump” vinyl stickers and a video:

The Trump tax revelations may make no difference to golf-cart-driving #MAGA retirees in Florida. But they may give tax-paying working people pause for reflection before voting this fall.

When Trump leaves for Florida for the last time, he may still own his private jet. When Biden left town for Wilmington, Delaware in January 2017, he took Amtrak.

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I, a lowly blogger, paid more in income taxes than the alleged billionaire Donald Trump

The New York Times obtained Trump tax documents. Yes, he is a con artist. Was there ever any doubt?

Donald J. Trump paid $750 in federal income taxes the year he won the presidency. In his first year in the White House, he paid another $750.

He had paid no income taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years — largely because he reported losing much more money than he made.

As the president wages a re-election campaign that polls say he is in danger of losing, his finances are under stress, beset by losses and hundreds of millions of dollars in debt coming due that he has personally guaranteed. Also hanging over him is a decade-long audit battle with the Internal Revenue Service over the legitimacy of a $72.9 million tax refund that he claimed, and received, after declaring huge losses. An adverse ruling could cost him more than $100 million.

The tax returns that Mr. Trump has long fought to keep private tell a story fundamentally different from the one he has sold to the American public. His reports to the I.R.S. portray a businessman who takes in hundreds of millions of dollars a year yet racks up chronic losses that he aggressively employs to avoid paying taxes. Now, with his financial challenges mounting, the records show that he depends more and more on making money from businesses that put him in potential and often direct conflict of interest with his job as president.

The New York Times has obtained tax-return data extending over more than two decades for Mr. Trump and the hundreds of companies that make up his business organization, including detailed information from his first two years in office. It does not include his personal returns for 2018 or 2019. This article offers an overview of The Times’s findings; additional articles will be published in the coming weeks.

The returns are some of the most sought-after, and speculated-about, records in recent memory. In Mr. Trump’s nearly four years in office — and across his endlessly hyped decades in the public eye — journalists, prosecutors, opposition politicians and conspiracists have, with limited success, sought to excavate the enigmas of his finances. By their very nature, the filings will leave many questions unanswered, many questioners unfulfilled. They comprise information that Mr. Trump has disclosed to the I.R.S., not the findings of an independent financial examination. They report that Mr. Trump owns hundreds of millions of dollars in valuable assets, but they do not reveal his true wealth. Nor do they reveal any previously unreported connections to Russia.THE PRESIDENT’S TAXES

In response to a letter summarizing The Times’s findings, Alan Garten, a lawyer for the Trump Organization, said that “most, if not all, of the facts appear to be inaccurate” and requested the documents on which they were based. After The Times declined to provide the records, in order to protect its sources, Mr. Garten took direct issue only with the amount of taxes Mr. Trump had paid.

“Over the past decade, President Trump has paid tens of millions of dollars in personal taxes to the federal government, including paying millions in personal taxes since announcing his candidacy in 2015,” Mr. Garten said in a statement.

With the term “personal taxes,” however, Mr. Garten appears to be conflating income taxes with other federal taxes Mr. Trump has paid — Social Security, Medicare and taxes for his household employees. Mr. Garten also asserted that some of what the president owed was “paid with tax credits,” a misleading characterization of credits, which reduce a business owner’s income-tax bill as a reward for various activities, like historic preservation.

The tax data examined by The Times provides a road map of revelations, from write-offs for the cost of a criminal defense lawyer and a mansion used as a family retreat to a full accounting of the millions of dollars the president received from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow.

Together with related financial documents and legal filings, the records offer the most detailed look yet inside the president’s business empire. They reveal the hollowness, but also the wizardry, behind the self-made-billionaire image — honed through his star turn on “The Apprentice” — that helped propel him to the White House and that still undergirds the loyalty of many in his base.

Ultimately, Mr. Trump has been more successful playing a business mogul than being one in real life.

“The Apprentice,” along with the licensing and endorsement deals that flowed from his expanding celebrity, brought Mr. Trump a total of $427.4 million, The Times’s analysis of the records found. He invested much of that in a collection of businesses, mostly golf courses, that in the years since have steadily devoured cash — much as the money he secretly received from his father financed a spree of quixotic overspending that led to his collapse in the early 1990s.

Indeed, his financial condition when he announced his run for president in 2015 lends some credence to the notion that his long-shot campaign was at least in part a gambit to reanimate the marketability of his name.

As the legal and political battles over access to his tax returns have intensified, Mr. Trump has often wondered aloud why anyone would even want to see them. “There’s nothing to learn from them,” he told The Associated Press in 2016. There is far more useful information, he has said, in the annual financial disclosures required of him as president — which he has pointed to as evidence of his mastery of a flourishing, and immensely profitable, business universe.

In fact, those public filings offer a distorted picture of his financial state, since they simply report revenue, not profit. In 2018, for example, Mr. Trump announced in his disclosure that he had made at least $434.9 million. The tax records deliver a very different portrait of his bottom line: $47.4 million in losses.

Tax records do not have the specificity to evaluate the legitimacy of every business expense Mr. Trump claims to reduce his taxable income — for instance, without any explanation in his returns, the general and administrative expenses at his Bedminster golf club in New Jersey increased fivefold from 2016 to 2017. And he has previously bragged that his ability to get by without paying taxes “makes me smart,” as he said in 2016. But the returns, by his own account, undercut his claims of financial acumen, showing that he is simply pouring more money into many businesses than he is taking out.

The picture that perhaps emerges most starkly from the mountain of figures and tax schedules prepared by Mr. Trump’s accountants is of a businessman-president in a tightening financial vise.

Most of Mr. Trump’s core enterprises — from his constellation of golf courses to his conservative-magnet hotel in Washington — report losing millions, if not tens of millions, of dollars year after year.

His revenue from “The Apprentice” and from licensing deals is drying up, and several years ago he sold nearly all the stocks that now might have helped him plug holes in his struggling properties.

The tax audit looms.

And within the next four years, more than $300 million in loans — obligations for which he is personally responsible — will come due.

Against that backdrop, the records go much further toward revealing the actual and potential conflicts of interest created by Mr. Trump’s refusal to divest himself of his business interests while in the White House. His properties have become bazaars for collecting money directly from lobbyists, foreign officials and others seeking face time, access or favor; the records for the first time put precise dollar figures on those transactions.

There is more at the link. Also this.

Charting An Empire: A Timeline Of Trump’s Finances18 Revelations From a Trove of Trump Tax RecordsAn Editor’s Note on the Trump Tax Investigation

Aaaand, in a nice companion piece, the Washington Post had this today:

Donald Trump was facing financial disaster in 1990 when he came up with an audacious plan to exert control of his father’s estate.

His creditors threatened to force him into personal bankruptcy, and his first wife, Ivana, wanted “a billion dollars” in a divorce settlement, Donald Trump said in a deposition. So he sent an accountant and a lawyer to see his father, Fred Trump Sr., who was told he needed to immediately sign a document changing the will according to his son’s wishes, according to depositions from family members.

It was a fragile moment for the senior Trump, who was 85 years old and had built a real estate empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars. He would soon be diagnosed with cognitive problems, such as being unable to recall things he was told 30 minutes earlier or remember his birth date, according to his medical records, which were included in a related court case.

Now, those records and other sources of information about the episode obtained by The Washington Post reveal the extent of Fred Trump Sr.’s cognitive impairment and how Donald’s effort to change his father’s will tore apart the Trump family, which continues to reverberate today.

The recent release of a tell-all book by the president’s niece Mary L. Trump and the disclosure of secret recordings of her conversations with her aunt reflect the ongoing resentment of some family members toward Donald Trump’s attempt to change his father’s will.Play episode  1:00Listen to Maryanne Trump Barry tell her niece Mary L. Trump how Donald Trump tried to take over the family estate.

With the election weeks away, the documents and recordings provide more fodder for Mary Trump’s continuing efforts to see her uncle defeated by Democrat Joe Biden, whom she has said she would do “everything in my power” to elect.

Trump’s sister Maryanne Trump Barry was recorded by her niece in January 2019 expressing outrage over her brother’s efforts to change the will as their father’s mental capacity was declining. “Dad was in dementia,” Barry said.Play episode  0:03Listen to Maryanne Trump Barry, Donald Trump’s sister, say that their father had dementia when Donald sought to change his will.

Barry said that when she was asked by her father in 1990 to review the proposed changes, she consulted with her husband, John Barry, an attorney familiar with estate law who died in 2000. “I show it to John, and he says, ‘Holy s–t.’ It was basically taking the whole estate and giving it to Donald,” Barry said.

Barry helped convince her father to reject her brother’s effort. As a result, Donald Trump “didn’t talk to me for two years,” Barry said during one of several conversations her niece recorded. Mary Trump recently provided the tapes to The Post.

In other taped conversations, referring to immigration policy and other matters, Barry said President Trump has “no principles” and “you can’t trust him.” 

Will it make a difference in the election? I don’t know. But I’m quite sure it will make no difference to any of the craven, unethical, soulless empty suits who call themselves elected Republican officials. The are fine with this corrupt monster leading them.

Death Cult

It’s not just the pandemic: