The Art of the Scam

Popular Economics Weekly

Did you have that queasy feeling; the ‘sick to your stomach’ feeling, when it was announced that Donald Trump was elected President of the United States?  I did. How could someone so obviously unqualified to be president of anything have done it?

It’s becoming more obvious by the day why that happened; why such a man could be elected our President; someone with a sordid business history who blatantly ignores facts, breaks the laws of the land, and ignores our constitution.

That’s because more has just been revealed about the automated Russian cyberattacks that detail how it was done.   These revelations conclude that Donald Trump’s election was a giant scam propagated by the Trump campaign with the aid of Russian intelligence and their propaganda machine.

The latest evidence points to son-in-law Jared Kushner as the main colluder, due to his supervision of the Trump campaign’s digital voter operation. McClatchy News first revealed the link between Kushner and Russia’s cyberwar.

“Congressional and Justice Department investigators are focusing on whether Trump’s campaign pointed Russian cyber operatives to certain voting jurisdictions in key states – areas where Trump’s digital team and Republican operatives were spotting unexpected weakness in voter support for Hillary Clinton,” according to McClatchy.

“By Election Day,” reported McClatchy in July, “an automated Kremlin cyberattack of unprecedented scale and sophistication had delivered critical and phony news about the Democratic presidential nominee to the Twitter and Facebook accounts of millions of voters. Some investigators suspect the Russians targeted voters in swing states, even in key precincts.”

Without Russian aid, Trump could never have vanquished his Republican opponents, as well. These cyberattacks were in play during the primary campaign against Republicans. Throughout the Republican primary elections in early 2016, Russia sent armies of bots carrying pro-Trump messages and deployed human “trolls” to comment in his favor on Internet stories and in social media, former FBI special agent Clint Watts told Congress weeks ago, according to McClatchy.

Perhaps this is why Facebook has finally admitted it sold at least $100,000 in paid advertising to Russian operatives in 2015-16 so that they could gain access to millions of Facebook subscribers.

Donald Trump perfected the Art of the Scam when building his business empire. Perhaps the best example was the Trump University scam—a university in name only—which he was forced to settle for $25 million last November shortly after winning the election. Presiding Judge Gonzalo Curiel had deemed it a criminal organization under RICO, and Trump was scheduled to testify at his trial when he settled with the thousands that  had been scammed, while raking in a reputed $5 million profit from unsuspecting students.

The best evidence that Trump knew he could not become President without Russia’s collusion, are his consequent actions in voicing support for every one of Putin’s policy initiatives—from lifting the Ukraine sanctions, repealing the Sergei Magnitsky Act, and even the breakup of NATO.

He has to be deathly afraid of what Putin could reveal of Trump’s sordid past and details of their collusion. Putin is blackmailing Trump, in a word. McClatchy News has provided the latest evidence of that collusion from confidential sources that the congressional intelligence committees and Special Investigator Robert Mueller are investigating.

So why does the Republican Party continue to support him?

Harlan Green © 2017

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Harlan Green is editor/publisher of PopularEconomics.com, and content provider of 3 weekly columns to various blogs--Popular Economics Weekly and The Huffington Post
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