Not unpresidented: Donald J Tweet embraces plutocracy

We all had a chuckle:

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Snopes.com tells the full story. I really do commend Snopes.com to you as there are so many fake stories out there:

While many Twitter users shared captured screenshots of the “unpresidented” tweet, other viewers were skeptical that it was real. After all, several fake Trump tweets had previously been created and spread as genuine.

In this instance, however, the viral tweet was real.

I gather this one is real too.

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So the move to get the Electors to “unpresident” Donald J failed – not surprising. So we are stuck with him, it seems. Here is where the putative champion of all those Americans who feel the American Dream has been closed to them for years hangs out:

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Go up to the penthouse, furnished in the most over-the-top “let them eat cake” style:

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That’s from a site in Ghana that takes you through the highlights of this apartment that makes the White House look like a log cabin. See also Trump Tower’s very own website.

Beginning in 2004, Trump Tower gained even more notoriety with the premier of the popular television series “The Apprentice”, featuring the celebrated boardroom, team suites, and other location shots within the building.

Today Trump Tower stands as a world famous testament of Mr. Trump’s grand vision.

Related: On New York’s Fifth Avenue, Trump’s White House North.

“It’s befitting a king,” the retired production manager said, standing behind a velvet rope and taking in all the pink marble, golden mirrors, gleaming escalators and ever-tinkling, four-story waterfall that define Trump Tower’s lobby.

The White House may be the nation’s time-honored symbol of power, but Trump is establishing his 58-story colossus at 725 Fifth Avenue as a stage for his new role, potentially nipping at Washington’s reputation as the center of American authority and the stature of its most famous address, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

And we have seen with whom President-elect Tweet is surrounding himself:

As president-elect, Trump has so far nominated a number of billionaires, three Goldman Sachs bankers and the chief executive of the world’s largest oil firm to senior positions. Responding to liberal consternation at the sheer wealth of the prospective appointees, Trump told his audience: “A newspaper [the New York Times] criticised me and said: ‘Why can’t they have people of modest means?’ Because I want people that made a fortune. Because now they are negotiating for you, OK? It’s no different than a great baseball player or a great golfer.”

Trump’s cabinet, which is not yet fully filled, is already said to be worth a combined $14bnthe richest White House top table ever assembled. His team – if all are confirmed by the Senate – will be worth 50 times the $250m combined wealth of George W Bush’s first cabinet, which the media at the time dubbed the “team of millionaires”. For Trump, those figures are simply a confirmation of competence: in Trumpian politics, the richer you are, the better you must be at cutting a deal. And “deal-making” is what the next White House will be all about…

This commentator thinks that is all just dandy: Donald Trump’s Cabinet is awesome.

Me? I can’t help recalling F Scott Fitzgerald:

In 1925, Fitzgerald wrote a short story titled “The Rich Boy.” In 1926, it was published in Red Book magazine and included what became a very popular collection of Fitzgerald’s early short stories, titled All the Sad Young Men.

The third paragraph of the story says:

     “Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different.”

Clearly, that’s not a favorable view of rich people.

I still think “God help us all!” is a not unreasonable line on the upcoming presidency.

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