Trump biographer David Cay Johnston on Wednesday said that President Donald Trump’s staggering $1 billion in losses over the span of a decade showed that he is “the greatest con artist in the history of the world.”
While appearing on CNN, Johnston took stock of the bombshell New York Times report showing Trump in the late 1980s and early 1990s lost more money than nearly any other American taxpayer.
To give viewers an idea of just how astonishing Trump’s losses were, he calculated how much money the president lost every time he breathed.
“I calculated this morning,” he said. “Every time Donald Trump took a breath for 11 years, he lost more than $3.”
Johnston then argued that the fact that Trump could seemingly talk his way out of this massive financial hole and promote himself to the point where he could make a successful run at the White House showed his exceptional talent for conning people.
CNN’s Alisyn Camerota then suggested that Trump supporters might find this kind of resilience admirable — but Johnston cautioned that Trump’s success didn’t come without countless other people getting hurt along the way.
“All the small businesses Donald Trump destroyed, all the people he cheated out of their money, all the bank losses that occurred,” he said. “This didn’t take place without a lot of damage to other people.”
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DOJ investigating why consumers are paying record prices for beef during pandemic: report
On Monday, Politico reported that the Justice Department and Agriculture Department are looking into what they consider to be suspicious price increases of beef for American consumers — on the suspicion that the recent spike in prices may be a result of price-fixing.
"Supermarket customers are paying more for beef than they have in decades during the coronavirus pandemic," reported Leah Nylen and Liz Crampton. "But at the same time, the companies that process the meat for sale are paying farmers and ranchers staggeringly low prices for cattle."
Trump is ‘losing it’ and ‘devolving down into rabbit holes of conspiracy theories’: Conservative TV host
On Monday, conservative CNN talk show host S. E. Cupp slammed President Donald Trump for his behavior amid the coronavirus pandemic.
"I think no matter who the president is, there's always going to be someone criticizing the response to a disaster," said anchor Brianna Keilar. "But something that has been true since the beginning of this is that the president really had a real opportunity, handed one, to unify people, to lead, to set a tone, and he's really squandering it, isn't he?"
"I think we should say, Brianna, this has long gone past offensive, and distasteful. I think what we're seeing is the president losing it," said Cupp. "I don't think that the president's behavior is that of a healthy, stable, balanced person. That he can't focus all of his energy and efforts and attention on this global pandemic, on securing the physical and economic safety and health of this country, is very alarming. Instead, devolving down these rabbit holes of conspiracy theories, baseless conspiracy theories as you pointed out, attacking women for their looks and their weight, you know, threatening governors, one in Michigan for mail-in voting, another in North Carolina for not guaranteeing a full house at the RNC."
Trump ally: It’s ‘unrealistic’ to say president shouldn’t golf just because people are dying of COVID-19
On CNN Monday, former Trump adviser and Republican lobbyist David Urban defended President Donald Trump's decision to take a golf outing as coronavirus deaths approached 100,000.
"Every death is horrible," Urban said. However, "people die in America every day, and just to expect the president to sit frozen in his office is unrealistic."
The US approaches 100,000 coronavirus deaths, while this weekend President Trump played golf.
Close Trump confidante @DavidJUrban says “every death is horrible," but "people die in America every day, and just to expect the president to sit frozen in his office is unrealistic.” pic.twitter.com/rYnVaUD0Tc