In 1970, Congress passed the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act in an effort to combat Mafia groups. What it meant was that any head of a crime syndicate could be held accountable for the crimes of his good fellow, mob soldiers. Indeed, if they whacked a guy, the leader of the crime family could be charged with murder.

For many decades it was locally recognized that the Donald, even though he was nationally well known more for his flamboyant life style, ran a rather low level New York City, family crime syndicate, one that never quite rose to the level of corruption worth spending big money to prosecute.

Trump functioned like a mini version of the mobster boss John Gotti — nicknamed the Teflon Don because he had been so hard to be charged and convicted. Pre his politician days, as a real estate wheeler-dealer, Trump like Gotti was always slipping away from serious prosecution.

Of course as with a lot of small time criminals Trump was dumb as hell — always losing money. First he raced through his father’s fortune to bail him out. Then loans from American banks tried up. And finally he was compelled to go hat in hand to the Russian with all the potential problems that that was bound to create for him once his overblown ego landed his silly butt into the White House.

Now as president his shady enterprises have way surpassed a level of corruption worthy of criminal investigation. He is being hit in crossfire of state and federal prosecutors for a mountain of crimes both foreign and domestic. And being Trump, his human destruction machine is going to take down tens of dozens of petty and big time criminals with him, including a large chunk of a major political party.

So like the homeowner in the doorbell commercial says to the would-be burglars, fellows you better start running. Yes, Republicans if you want to escape a giant vortex of criminal prosecution you better start, right now, running fast away from the lying criminal-in-chief. For aimed at Trump World, RICO is on the war path all over the country bigly.

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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