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Donald Trump: An Accidental President

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, June 29, 2020

Donald Trump was never serious about becoming president, and campaigned exclusively as a lark, in order to better position himself in upcoming contract negotiations with NBC.

Thus said Howard Stern at least 3 years ago.

While it may have been a topic of some minor discussion earlier – and therefore not discussed much at all – Howard Stern, radio “shock jock” and self-described “King of All Media” – has been a long-time friend of the Current White House Occupant, the Liar in Chief himself, Donald J. “DJ” Trump.

As such, when Trump told Stern his plans, Stern said he advised Trump not to run, and later, again advised him to drop out of the running to become the Republican party’s nominee.

Trump has been a guest on Stern’s eponymous “The Howard Stern Show” many, many, many times. And socially, away from the microphone, Stern and Trump have enjoyed a long-running friendly relationship. Suffice it to say, Trump and Stern are intertwined – not quite inexplicably, or even inexorably, but definitely inescapably.

With over 24 appearances over 20 years, it would be reasonable to say that Trump has some level of relationship with Stern.

And, as you might imagine, there’s even a website dedicated to Trump’s appearances on Stern’s show – https://www.TrumpOnStern.com/ 

FYI, there’s also a Trump Golf Count website – https://www.TrumpGolfCount.com/, and a Presidential Golf Count website, as well – https://PresidentialGolfTracker.com/

But, back to the show.

Trump’s pathological narcissistic personality, and his equally well-known and public habits of pathological lying, and deliberate short-changing contractors and other low-level employees – make him an interesting, if not uniquely observable, public figure. And his deliberate involvement of his children in his ordeals gives him all the gravitas of a boss/lord of a crime family syndicate.

But Trump’s pathologies, including racism and blatant bigotry which he learned from his racist father (who was arrested at a Ku Klux Klan rally a few years before DJ’s birth), is also evidenced by the Trumps’ naming in a Federal housing discrimination lawsuit in 1973.

In October 1973, the government accused Fred and Donald Trump of violations of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 at 39 Trump-built-and managed buildings in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.

President Lyndon Johnson had approved the FHA in the wake of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. The measure was designed to eliminate all traces of racial discrimination from the housing field. Trump’s father, a multimillionaire real estate operator, had repeated clashes with the Open Housing Center, a local fair-housing group that was working with the Justice Department, as well as the New York City Human Rights Commission, which asked the government to investigate racial discrimination in the Trumps’ neighborhood housing.

The community groups handed their findings to the Nixon Justice Department on a silver platter. The Trumps were drowning in evidence of systematic racial discrimination. On at least seven occasions, prospective tenants had filed complaints against the Trumps with the human rights commission, alleging racially discriminatory patterns and practices.

It seemed that in a July 1972 test at the Trumps’ Shore Haven properties in Brooklyn, when a black woman sought to rent an apartment, the superintendent turned her away, informing her that nothing was available. Shortly thereafter, when a white woman applied, the same superintendent told her she could “immediately rent either one of two available apartments.”

The two women were “testers” from the Open Housing Center. One white tester said that a building superintendent admitted that “superiors” had directed him to follow “a racially discriminatory rental policy.” As a result, there were only a few black occupants in the buildings. There was also evidence that Trump employees had noted black and Latino applications with cryptic designations such as “C” or “No. 9.” Also, the proof showed that Trump ghettoized his properties, packing minorities into Patio Gardens, his apartment buildings on Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, that were 40 percent black. He largely excluded African Americans from others, such as his Ocean Terrace Apartments, where blacks comprised only 1 percent of all residents.

Trump instantly retained Cohn to represent him and his father, and there arose an extraordinarily close relationship, lasting until Cohn’s death almost two decades later. In Trump’s eyes, Cohn was a sorcerer who could beat the system, and Trump eagerly cast himself as the sorcerer’s apprentice.

It was through that suit that Trump found Roy Cohn at a bar well-known to be a cruising spot for sex habituated by the “upper crusties” who advised young DJ Trump – then aged 27 – to fight the suit, despite the overwhelming evidence substantiating the claims.

And fight he did.

Trump hired Cohn, and for two years Trump dragged that suit through the court system… just because he could.

But his vast wealth and resources were ultimately no match for the Federal government, and eventually, he, his father, and the company, settled the suit without admission of wrong-doing through a Consent Decree. It required them, in part, to list with the New York Urban League all vacancies in the 39 buildings with 15,000 apartments they owned or controlled, and to give the league’s Open Housing Center 3 days in which to provide qualified applicants for every 5th vacancy in those Trump buildings where Blacks occupied fewer than 10% of the apartments and affirmatively state that he, his father, and company would “promise not to discriminate against blacks, Puerto Ricans and other minorities.”

But again, we’ve veered somewhat off-course.

Trump’s presidency is accidental.

On , The Hill, UpRoxx, and other websites published articles which pointed to Stern’s conversations with Trump, and his thoughts on Trump’s candidacy.

The interview examined an episode of the Howard Stern Show which aired very shortly after the 2016 General Election.

In it, Stern opined on Trump’s unlikely win, and made many prescient remarks, among them:

“He sat down at my table and we were talking.

“People love you. They leave you the f— alone. They know you from television. What the f— are you doing with your life?”

“I still don’t know why he wants it.

“Listen, when you’ve got that great a life, and you’re 70 years old, what do you think you got left?”

“Now, for the next four years of his life — and you don’t know how long you’re going to live — he’s got to sit there and deal with people’s f*cking anger.

“Can he give the people what he promised them? Can he really change the economy? Can he really change America? You know this is like a barge. And if things go wrong — not even because of his own fault — and the economy starts to falter, then you’re everybody’s f*cking scumbag. Everyone’s like, ‘F*ck him.’

”Why would you want that for the last 10 good summers of your life? I don’t get it. And I said it to him, ‘Don’t do this to yourself.’”

“I remember thinking to myself, I don’t want him running for f—ing president.

“We have all these tapes. I said this is going to destroy the friendship because they’re going to use this s— against you. They’re going to fucking drag you through — I said, ‘Why do you want this?’”

“I have a different theory: I think NBC was f—ing with him on ‘The Apprentice’ deal. They were going to lower his pay.

“I’m telling you the truth, listen to me. They were going to f— with him on the contract.

“He said, ‘You know what I’ll do, I’ll run for president. Even if I don’t win, I’ll announce, it’ll up my game, and I’ll get a better deal.’ Which is a smart move.”

“I truly think the biggest shock in all of this is to Donald Trump.

“Because I think it was more of a, ‘Hey!’ a publicity kind of thing. ‘I’ll get my name out there. I’ll see what happens, we’ll have some fun.’”

“I don’t know that he could’ve imagined that this could’ve been the outcome.”

Howard Stern, on the Howard Stern Show, on speaking face-to-face with Donald J. Trump, and advising him to cease his bid for the Presidency

A year later, Stern interviewed with CNN and reiterated essentially the same thing.

“I personally wish that he had never run, I told him that, because I actually think this is something that is gonna be detrimental to his mental health too, because, he wants to be liked, he wants to be loved. He wants people to cheer for him.”

“I don’t think it’s going to be a healthy experience. And by the way, he’s now on this anti-Hollywood kick. He loves Hollywood. First of all, he loves the press. He lives for it. He loves people in Hollywood. He only wants hobnob with them. All of this hatred and stuff directed towards him. It’s not good for him. It’s not good. There’s a reason every president who leaves the office has grey hair.”

“I like Donald very much personally. I was shocked when he decided to run for president, and even more shocked that sort of, people took it seriously.

“I remember saying to him when he announced his presidency, I remember being quite amazed, because I remember him being for Hillary Clinton.

“And I remember him being very – I mean he was pro-abortion. So the new Donald Trump kind of surprised me.

“I think it started out as like a kinda cool, fun thing to do in order to get a couple more bucks out of NBC for The Apprentice, I actually do believe that.

“He just wanted a couple more bucks out of NBC, and that is why Donald is calling for voter fraud investigations. He’s pissed he won. He still wants Hillary Clinton to win. He’s so f—ing pissed, he’s hoping that he can find some voter fraud and hand it over to Hillary.”

Trump’s presidency is a prime example of the adage

“Be careful what you wish for… you might get it.”

But what’s truly sad, is the gullible people who were fooled, who were genuinely taken in (deceived) by him, who could not see through his facade.

DJ Trump is as clear-cut an example of an utterly UNQUALIFIED not-ready-for-prime-time candidate as ever existed. He is the SOLITARY example in our nation’s history to NEVER had ANY public service – elected, or appointed – in his entire life.

Not even a moment.

Not even honorary.

His utter ineptitude was upon clear display when, shortly after his election, he, and a few others, was invited to the White House by the soon-to-be-outgoing POTUS, Barack Obama.

3 Responses to “Donald Trump: An Accidental President”

  1. Travis Morton said

    Whatever the reason for Trump running thanks be to God that he did. I know Trump is not a perfect man but, I think instead of always looking at ALL the negative stuff he has plenty of GOOD things he has done. I will say this just look at all the democrats that have almost destroyed our country and there are too many to mention here but the media is silent.

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    • Warm Southern Breeze said

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Travis! Something I’ve said for a couple years now, is that in a very obliquely curious way – inversely, rather than directly, that is – Donald Trump will have actually helped make America great again precisely because he showed up and exploited the weaknesses inherent in the system by taking advantage of them for his own selfish benefit – whatever that may be.

      Of course, even longer before that (on Wednesday, January 26, 2011), I have maintained that, “When we consider the future path of our nation, we would do well to take a lesson from history. To wit, were we to examine the greatest period of growth in our nation’s history – which is in the immediately post WWII era – we would be well advised to re-enact tax structures that replicated those in place during that time. During that time, the “Middle Class” grew, which was a defining hallmark of our nation, and which set us apart among nations in the world. We know what we did. We simply need to repeat the process.”

      Logically, of course, America CANNOT be made “great again” because America has NEVER NOT been great. We can, and should correct that which needs correcting, and right that which has been wrong. And THAT itself is a significant measure of greatness – to be able to recognize one’s mistakes, and correct them.

      And I will add this, as well:
      Noah Smith, a former Assistant Professor of Finance at Stony Brook University, New York, wrote an opinion piece published on Bloomberg, primarily, which has also appeared elsewhere. The article, entitled “Coronavirus Brings American Decline Out in the Open” makes a starkly alarming prediction: “Without fixes for infrastructure, education, health care and government, the U.S. will resemble a developing nation in a few decades.”

      The remedies for all those problems take money to rectify, or ameliorate. In this blog, I have quoted Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes 1927 dissenting opinion in Compania General de Tabacos v. Collector, 275 U.S. 87 (1927)) which states in part that,

      “It is true, as indicated in the last cited case, that every exaction of money for an act is a discouragement to the extent of the payment required, but that which, in its immediacy, is a discouragement may be part of an encouragement when seen in its organic connection with the whole. Taxes are what we pay for civilized society, including the chance to insure. A penalty, on the other hand, is intended altogether to prevent the thing punished. It readily may be seen that a state may tax things that, under the Constitution as interpreted, it cannot prevent.”

      For one reason, or another, we have embarked upon a fool’s errand to imagine that America’s problems will be like a bowl of Frosted Lucky Charms – “magically delicious” – if we do nothing. Nothing could be further from the truth.

      The bottom line, of course, is that greed in the extreme form as avarice is to blame. And we have slowly made our way down that path, mistakenly believing that tax cuts and other forms of revenue reduction (“revenue” is government’s term for its income) will somehow magically, mysteriously, will be “made up” (the losses corrected) through increased population. No family has ever increased size and deliberately decreased income. It will not, it cannot, and it has not. Making tax cuts “pay for themselves” is, and remains, largely an accounting “trick” to pass the buck onto the next administrations. Further complicating matters is the fact that the United States Government uses cash accounting, a fact which Tennessee Representative Jim Cooper (D-5) has long acknowledged is a problem.

      Point being, is that our nation is growing (we’re now at 330,000,000 – the 3rd most populous in the world, behind China and India, respectively), along with the people’s needs, and our government has not kept pace with the growth. It’s like going to a restaurant filled to capacity and finding only one waitstaff, and one cook. No one would imagine they’d get any kind of service… not even bad.

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