[NOTE: I hate writing so much about Trump. Positively hate it. But the more I read about him, the more disturbed I become, and I feel like if no one else is telling a particular story, I need to do it.]
Commenter “Wooly Bully” said that “Trump has a very large closet that holds many skeletons.”
I don’t know about Trump’s closet; the phrase usually refers to something heretofore hidden.
The thing that strikes me about Trump is that a great deal of his bad behavior is out in the open, fully accessible. And his behavior had been very bad. I don’t mean things like infidelities, although that’s certainly part of his past. I mean things that are directly relevant to his ability to govern.
The material is fully accessible, as I said—I’ve encountered quite a bit of it, and probably only the tip of the iceberg, because prior to this campaign I’ve never had the slightest interest in Trump’s biography. But it’s right there in public, in terms of articles and books. However, it’s not common knowledge to most people.
For example, there’s the story of what Trump did in Scotland. I’ve written one post about it and plan others, but the story is (or should be) HUGE, as Trump might say. To summarize: it involves Trump making promises to Scotland that he didn’t keep (about the amount of his investment and the number of jobs that would be created; both were far far less than promised); he lied about how much he had invested when the truth was easily obtainable; he insulted and threatened anyone who crossed him, including the farmers and other people of modest means whose land was near the golf course he was building and who refused to sell to him; he tried to use the law to compel them to sell to him even though he didn’t need their land to actually build the course; and then he engaged in a war of insults with those he’d lied to. He squandered the goodwill of the people of Aberdeen who had originally supported the project—a luxury golf course and hotel—because of the money they thought it would bring to the stricken area. (I have many many links for all of this, but will include them when I write a longer, more detailed, article; some of the links are in my previous post on the subject.)
I’m probably leaving something off the list, but you get the idea.
This information is all in the public domain, and so far his opposition isn’t using it. Perhaps his GOP opponents haven’t used it so far because they thought he’d fade on his own. Or each one of them didn’t want to become his special target. Or they thought they could attack him on his politics. That hasn’t seemed to work so far. But it seems to me that, if a guy is making a lot of promises to you, and telling you what a great negotiator and dealmaker he is, and that’s why you should elect him—he’s a doer who does great things—you’d do well to look at some of his deals that went bad, his behavior during them, and the consequences. If he’s a liar, he might just be lying to you.
One thing I think we can safely say is that the Democrats will use this stuff against Trump if he is the nominee. It makes him look terrible: liar, con man, rich elitist bullying the little guy.