It’s hard to know whether Trump actually believes his own B. S., or whether he’s been making things up for so long he no longer really makes any distinction between truth and fiction, or whether the thinks that by denying reality he can bull his way through anything. That’s mostly been his business experience to date. Even when the Trump organization under his father, Fred Trump, was found guilty of discriminating against people of color who attempted to buy or rent Trump properties, Donald and his father acted as if it wasn’t true and went forward with the same discriminatory practices they had before they signed a consent decree. They apparently simply wore out the agencies trying to hold them accountable, and went on their way.
Now, as Congressional oversight under Democratic leadership expands its probe of Trump affairs to include not only the Russia investigation but the Trump Foundation, the Trump Organization, questions of abuse of power and obstruction of justice, Trump simply keeps repeating “no collusion” and “hoax”. Is he unaware of the potential legal danger he’s in? He is not, at the end of the day, very bright. Or, is he simply repeating the tactics he learned from his father and from mob lawyer Roy Cohn: deny, obfuscate, ignore, wear the system of accountability down and continue with business as usual?
Most encouraging to me is that Adam Schiff, Chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, has hired a veteran prosecutor with experience bringing cases against the Russian mob to lead the House investigation into Trump’s activities. The more we hear about the way Trump does business, the more the parallels with mob activity become apparent.
I’m hopeful, this time, that Trump will finally pay the piper.