‘You can learn about that by watching ‘Goodfellas’: MSNBC guest explains the Trump ‘crime family’
On MSNBC Tuesday, the bureau chief for Mother Jones magazine, David Corn explained that one could learn about Donald Trump’s family by watching the iconic 1990 movie “Goodfellas.”
The movie, directed by Martin Scorsese, was nominated for six Academy Awards. It was based on the 1986 non-fiction book Wiseguy, by Nicholas Pileggi.
“The other piece that has not gotten nearly enough of the traction you’d imagine … we can use the Bush or Obama test for this. If The New York Times came out with a methodically researched piece showing a past president like Obama or Bush had been wantonly, blatantly, savagely lying about everything in their career, how they got where they got, how they got their money, including family fraud, I don’t think it would come and go in three days,” Melber imagined.
“I wonder, David what you think that story means for any investigator looking at whether there is, as you just put it, receptivity to collusion, receptivity to criminal help?” Melber asked.
The New York Times story — which deserves even more attention than it’s gotten — depicts the Trump family as a crime family,” Corn explained.
“They actually use mob-like procedures — that are criminal — to pad bills, to hide money,” he continued. “You can learn about this from watching ‘The Sopranos’ or ‘Good Fellows.’
“We know they were willing to lie about the Trump Tower meeting. We know Donald Trump now admits to dictating a false statement about that meeting to Donald Trump Jr. We know that after he was told that Russia was interfering in the election in mid-august 2016, he still went out and lied and said, it’s a hoax, there’s no reason to believe this,” Corn reminded.
“So you can’t take anything they say — it sounds hyperbolic — but you can’t take anything they say at face value, because they have this long history, present and in the past, of lying and doing things that are either fraudulent, and as The Times put it, ‘outright criminal.'”