Donald Trump. Putting the mental back in temperamental.
We’ve posted before on how Donald Trump can’t take criticism of his multitudinous policy positions or the size of his hands. Not all that long ago he promised that if he were elected he would effectively overturn all First Amendment precedents if not totally uproot the First Amendment altogether. The reason for this was that he didn’t like being criticized by the press. This, by the way, was when Trump was being his assclownish self on Twitter. It it one of those things that you don’t take seriously because it isn’t going to happen but, at the same time, it scares you because it gives you insight into the intelligence of the man and the way he would actually govern if he were elected president.
Now he has a new target: The Washington Post and its owner, Jeff Bezos. Yesterday he was being
fellated interviewed by Sean Hannity and this exchange took place
SEAN HANNITY: …Between that and The Washington Post announcing that they have put 20 people to dig into every single phase of your life, are you prepared for what’s coming? It’s not if it’s coming, but when it’s coming.
DONALD TRUMP: Yeah. It’s interesting that you say that, because every hour we’re getting calls from reporters from The Washington Post, asking ridiculous questions, and I will tell you this is owned as a toy by Jeff Bezos, who controls Amazon. Amazon is getting away with murder, tax-wise. He’s using The Washington Post for power, so the politicians in Washington don’t tax Amazon like they should be taxed. He’s getting absolutely away — he’s worried about me, and I think he said that to somebody, it was in some article, where he thinks I would go after him for anti-trust, because he’s got a huge anti-trust problem because he’s controlling so much.
Amazon is controlling so much of what they’re doing, and what they’ve done is he bought this paper for practically nothing, and he’s using that as a tool for political power, against me and against other people. And I’ll tell you what, we can’t let him get away with it. So he’s got about 20, 25, I just heard they’re taking these really bad stories — I mean they’re, you know, wrong. I don’t even say bad, they’re wrong. And in many cases, they have no proper information and they’re putting them together, they’re slopping them together, and they’re going to do a book.
And the book is going to be all false stuff, because the stories are so wrong and the reporters, I mean, one after another — so what they’re doing is he’s using that as a political instrument to try and stop anti-trust, which he thinks I believe he’s anti-trust, in other words what he’s got is a monopoly. And he wants to make sure I don’t get in.
TRUMP: So, it’s one of those things. But I’ll tell you what, I’ll tell you what, what he’s doing’s wrong and the people are being — the whole system is rigged. You see a case like that, the whole system is rigged, whether it’s Hillary or whether it’s Bezos.
HANNITY: That’s a good point.
TRUMP: No, no he’s using — let me, he’s using The Washington Post, which is peanuts, he’s using that for political purposes to save Amazon in terms of taxes, and in terms of anti-trust.
(Giving Hannity the benefit of a the doubt and assuming “Wow” meant “that is batsh** crazypants.”)
Is anyone surprised that the Washington Post, or any other newspaper, is investigating Donald Trump’s background? He’s running for president of the United States. As to the truth or falsity of what they will find, who knows. One thing for sure is that the Washington Post makes fewer errors in an issue than Trump does in a one hour interview.
This interview is no exception. For instance, Jeff Bezos is actually IN FAVOR of sales tax being charged on internet sales. Why? Because the administrative costs would be a rounding error to Amazon and a high barrier to entry to a small retailer. Just like Donald Trump, Bezos is all in favor of using the power of the government to crush competition and lock in customers.
The Washington Post isn’t getting away “with murder, tax-wise.” The Washington Post Company pays very little in the way of corporate income tax because it isn’t a terribly profitable company.
If Trump is truly considering siccing the Justice Department on Amazon then he has to do the same to other large retailers like WalMart. Bezos owning the Post and Amazon is certainly not an anti-trust issue as they are not in the same business sector and there is zero evidence that Bezos exerts editorial control over The Post. There is much more evidence that Trump endorser Sheldon Adelson is influencing news decisions at his pet paper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, to benefit himself and his public image.
This is how Trump works. He is a rent-seeker. He is a crony capitalist. He uses the power of the government to get what he wants. When he was running his casino company into the dirt and bankrupting it, he used eminent domain. If he is elected he will use the IRS and the anti-trust division of the Justice Department.