Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Lost cause

"Morality is just gone.  Morals have flown out the window.  We deserve so much better than this as a country.  It is so sad."

Sometimes you come across a quotation that can't be improved.  Then you realize that the words are fine but the context is fucked. 

This is of course Eric Trump complaining to unfake media star Sean Hannity about those "not even human" liberals who say mean things about his daddy.  Like Dan Alexander at left-wing rag Forbes magazine, which ran a disgraceful attack piece called "How Donald Trump Shifted Kids-Cancer Charity Money Into His Business."

Normally I wouldn't waste time on the scandal side-dish du jour, but they stole from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, one of the most respected places on earth and my mother's favorite charity.  When she died, we asked for donations in lieu of flowers.  Kids with cancer whose parents often can't pay, getting the latest therapies.  And these scumbags come along...

Danny Thomas chose the name because Jude is the patron saint of lost causes, and today I can think of no one more lost than Eric Trump.  Like his father, he has no redeeming features, but he used to have human impulses.  He tried to run a legit charity golf tournament to support the hospital, and for several years he did.  Then daddy saw money that wasn't flowing into his perpetually mismanaged and cash-hungry businesses and threw a fit.  Suddenly the "expenses" required to use Trump golf courses and Trump catering services exploded, and people who thought they were paying big money to play or watch golf for charity became involuntary ATMs for Trump Air and Trump Taj Mahal and other money-pits.  And Eric, probably afraid he'd be disinherited and wind up delivering pizza for a living, drinking himself to death like Uncle Fred, Eric caved like an unregulated coal mine. 

But there's an amusing coda to this saga of sleaze.  With impeachment (at least) looming, Eric's daddy can't seem to attract a top-drawer law firm.  It seems they all want to be paid.  Grifting eventually comes back to bite you in the nuts.



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