Trump attorney Sheri A. Dillon said that Trump ”should not be expected to destroy the company he built” when asked if he was going to put his investments, his assets, into a blind trust. Ms. Dillon wants us to believe that doing so would destroy it, without telling us why or how. We are simply to accept the spin that without his control, or the control of his hand picked people and his sons, his empire of hotels and golf courses would be destroyed. I’ve been to a few hotels and golf courses and it’s difficult for me to understand how they can be destroyed if put in a simple blind trust. But there is the alleged size of this company, and I say alleged because Trump has still refused to offer any proof of what he has, what he owes, and all the strings attached. The argument seems to be that this is such an huge fortune, it would be unfair to ask Trump to risk losing it…….unfair?
I am a man of limited means. I have a small number of investments, like many people my age, somewhere under a million dollars. It’s all the money that I have worked my entire life to save up. It’s my one and only nest egg. However, if I were being sworn in to office instead of Trump on Friday the 20th, I would be expected to put those investments in a blind trust, and I would do so without hesitation because all those ahead of me did so and so should I. That would be fair. And besides, I would not be putting it in undue peril. It would be in a blind trust, with a person or persons who were professionals in this area. Even if disaster struck and they lost it all, I would still have what I was able to save on my $400K a year (plus expenses) president’s salary and a lifetime pension of over $200K a year.
Is Trump attorney Sheri A. Dillon telling us that Trump could not afford to live on $400K a year and a lifetime pension of over $200K a year? I mean, that would be his fate if in fact his empire was destroyed. Is there ANY American who could not afford to live on $400K a year and a lifetime pension of over $200K a year? Is it unfair to ask Trump to live on this amount of money?
I doubt that attorney Dillon is trying to make that case. Instead, she and the Trump people are trying to tell us that this is SO much money, things need to be different. Trump is SO wealthy, so used to privilege, so accustomed to the finer things in life that it would be an undue hardship for him to even consider losing it.
John May loses everything and it’s no big deal. He can manage. Donald Trump loses everything that somehow that is different. I’ve worked hard all my life for what I have. Trump says he worked hard for what he has.
So tell me, Attorney Dillion, why is he being held to a different set of rules than me? You say it’s because of the amount of his wealth.
The last time I heard someone make this argument, the argument that people living in extreme wealth and privilege need to be coddled with a different set of rules, was when Ethan Couch received to 10 years’ probation for DUI, killing four pedestrians and injuring 11. We all know how that turned out.
Americans knew that this was an unfair ruling. Americans know that the special treatment Trump is receiving because of his alleged wealth is equally unfair.
Americans may have different political views, but we all believe in fairness. Remind your Republican friends about this and ask them if wealthy people like Donald Trump and Ethan Couch deserve a different set of rules. Ask them if they think that’s fair.