Mickey Blue Eyes shivs Donnie Brasco

Mickey Blue Eyes shivs Donnie Brasco

Yesterday was a lesson in what happens when I disconnect from the world for an hour.

While on my afternoon commute, Lanny Davis, Michael Cohen's lawyer, hand delivers one of the recordings seized by the FBI to CNN. On it, Cohen and his former boss, Donald Trump, are heard discussing the hush money payment to Karen McDougal. Like any good mobster, Trump wants the payment to be in cash.

What this tape confirms is that Trump is nothing but a two-bit hoodlum and Cohen was his bagman. Any smart mobster would know not to piss off his bagman; but Trump did.

Some say this is yet another attempt by Cohen to secure a pardon from Trump. I beg to differ. The recording does Trump no favors. Its release is sure to not endear him to Trump. (As a matter of fact, Trump put Cohen on blast this morning.) And Lanny Davis hinting that more of the recordings seized by the FBI contain damaging information on Trump, and that Cohen might release them, indicates a man who has decided to go scorched earth. He's out to save himself; he's no longer going to take a bullet for Trump.

But, many of us tried to warn Trump supporters of this. His ties to mob figures, his bullying, his complete unsuitability for the office were known for decades. The tape confirms what was already common knowledge. And white Trump supporters voted for him anyway, because their fears trumped (sic) duty to the country to not put an unstable hooligan into the presidency. A man like Trump wouldn't have been able to run for the presidency, much less win, without A) help from Russia, and b) fifty years of a GOP ideology which became more extreme by the moment.

What the recording confirms is what dire straits we are in. The Oval Office is occupied by a two-bit thug. He's surrounded by thugs. His mentality is a thug mentality, as we see in his relations with Europe and China. This is not going to end well for this country. We have examples of mafia states, like Russia. Our institutions, so far, are strong enough to resist state capture. But the damage being done by Trump and his regime is incalculable. The American Empire was already in relative decline. Now it's about to fall.



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