US politics - fried (part 5)

This is what my family and I are dealing with. Again and again. Farking domestic terrorists.

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NO! I’m here for the Trump rally.

No wait… coping with senility.

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Fascinating watching the Menendez corruption scandal unfold. Egypt effectively recruited a US senator and used him for an influence/intelligence operation. Gold bullion, a sports car and wads of cash were seized from his house. An FBI counterintelligence operation is underway against the Egyptians.

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So a bit like Saudi Arabia with the Trump crime family?

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The rabbit holes must be gigantic in merica. So many people are down there in the dark with a torch, with only a water bottle full of cool aide to drink.

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As I said

“Please donate”

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Well, they got Capone on tax evasion…

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The depressing thing here is what it says about the general state of the justice system in the USA.

Trump has been doing this sort of stuff for his entire business career and entire adult life. He’s nearly 80 now. He’s gotten away with it for 60 years, because when you’re rich and know the right people, the law just looks right by you no matter how shonky you are. Let’s not pretend otherwise, all these NYC lawsuits etc are politically motivated. When he was content to just sit back and rip off tradies, rake in the slumlord money, walk away from bankrupt casinos with piles of cash, and make bad reality tv, then the various prosecutors, attorney-generals, and the justice system as a whole didn’t give a damn about him, they were quite happy just to let him keep on truckin’. Only once he stuck his nose into politics did a bunch of dem-leaning legal types see an opportunity, and the rich man’s veil of immunity stop protecting him.

Trump is pretty self-evidently a crook and both he and his organisation completely deserve whatever ■■■■ rains down on them from on high over this. But it’s all really a massive condemnation of every prosecutor, agency, attorney-general etc who let him slide for pulling this stuff over decades and decades - often at the same time when they’re throwing the book at small time pot dealers and talking sternly about Tough Law Enforcement. And of course it makes you ask just how many other mega-rich crooks are getting away with the same stuff because they’ve been smart enough to just keep quiet and keep their names out of the headlines.

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https://twitter.com/CalltoActivism/status/1707169626671514009?s=20

Here is George Clooney response after Trump accused him of being a “Hollywood elite.”

"Here’s the thing: I grew up in Kentucky. I sold insurance door-to-door. I sold ladies’ shoes. I worked at an all-night liquor store. I would buy suits that were too big and too long and cut the bottom of the pants off to make ties so I’d have a tie to go on job interviews. I grew up understanding what it was like to not have health insurance for eight years.

So this idea that I’m somehow the “Hollywood elite” and this guy who takes a ■■■■ in a gold toilet is somehow the man of the people is laughable.
People in Hollywood, for the most part, are people from the Midwest who moved to Hollywood to have a career. So this idea of “coastal elites” living in a bubble is ridiculous. Who lives in a bigger bubble?

He lives in a gold tower and has twelve people in his company. He doesn’t run a corporation of hundreds of thousands of people he employs and takes care of. He ran a company of twelve people!

When you direct a film you have seven different unions all wanting different things, you have to find consensus with all of them, and you have to get them moving in the same direction.

He’s never had to do any of that kind of stuff. I just look at it and I laugh when I see him say “Hollywood elite.” Hollywood elite? I don’t have a star on Hollywood Boulevard, Donald Trump has a star on Hollywood Boulevard! ■■■■ you!"

  • George Clooney

actor, philanthropist, humanitarian & activist

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I have always half-joked with my wife that, in the US, I as an ordinary middle-class person would get in to far more trouble for walking in to a store and stealing some food than any of the super-rich would for stealing / tax-evading a Billion $.

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Its not a joke. Its a fact, Don.

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It’s the truth.

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