People who have come to know Donald Trump well, without becoming one of his lackey, GOP type soldiers, say that he sounds and acts just like a classic New York mobster. And so say, especially, Federal prosecutors and high raking FBI agents who are quite familiar with crime bosses.

This should come as no surprise seeing as one of Trump’s principal mentors was the ruthless mob lawyer, Roy Cohn, a most effective and feared attorney and handy pal of the New York underworld. Correctly sizing up Trumps limited smarts, as is so often the case with mobster types, Roy boy imprinted on what passes for Trump’s reptilian brain the fact that a man being totally devoid of conscience could go a long way dishing out massive helpings of intimidation, threats and unnerving chaos. Moreover, like so many mob bosses, Trump has an uncanny knack for slipping out of tight legal situation and leaving others holding the bag.

Yes, threats, intimidation and boldface lies have always been Trump’s stock and trade. Then, too, Trump’s greatest tell of what he is as a person or what he is about to do surfaces in the accusations he hurls at his perceived enemies or the promises he makes: That guy is a horrible liar. Those guys dish out nothing but fake news. Or, I’m going to drain that Washington swamp, and I’m going to make America great again. These of course translate to an exact inversion. (I’m a horrible liar. I dish out fake news. I’m going to turn that little mud puddle of corruption in Washington into a massive swamp of Trump cronyism. Anyone not playing ball with my political soldiers and me will get hammered.

He often starts out with good, competent people in his administration, but once he’s convinced that they cannot be degraded to do his dirty work they are sent packing. And that brings us to Trump’s most murderous bout of greed and ruthless incompetence — the Coronavirus.


By Geoff Bennett and Dareh Gregorian

A top Health and Human Services official who says he was shoved out of a key coronavirus response job for pushing back on “efforts to fund potentially dangerous drugs promoted by those with political connections” filed a whistleblower complaint Tuesday charging “an abuse of authority or gross mismanagement” at the agency.

In his complaint, Dr. Rick Bright, who until last month was the deputy assistant HHS secretary for preparedness and response and the director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, or BARDA, described a chaotic response to the virus at HHS.

The chaos was fueled largely by “pressure from HHS leadership to ignore scientific merit and expert recommendations and instead to award lucrative contracts based on political connections and cronyism,” the complaint says.

Bright filed the complaint with the Office of Special Counsel. NBC News has reached out to an agency spokesperson for comment.

After the complaint was filed, Bright’s lawyers said he had agreed to testify before a House committee on May 14.


Will this whistleblower finally be the one who brings Trump down? After all Trumps’ deliberate mishandling of the Coronavirus epidemic for purposes of greed and political advantage will likely kill hundreds of thousands more citizens than it should have. Or, will Donny boy once again wiggle free of guilt by pushing off his responsibilities on the nation’s governors.

Everything that Trump touches dies. Remember that you GOP Trump hacks.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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