Scoot: A biased attack on Trump’s finances?

October 03, 2018 - 10:45 am

President Trump conned American voters into believing he was a “self-made billionaire,” according to an extensive report published in the New York Times.  The fact that the report comes from the New York Times will cause many Trump loyalists to reject the damaging information about President Trump as nothing more than a smear campaign from the “liberal media.”  But will attacking the credibility of report about Trump serve to dismiss any of its legitimacy?

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump painted a picture of himself as a “self-made billionaire” and the personification of the American dream because he built an empire from only receiving a $1 million loan from his father.  Many Americans snickered at the notion that Trump built his empire after receiving only $1 million from his father.  Starting with $1 million does not exactly fit the definition of a man who went from rags to riches, but it was a good story and became part of creating the image that led to Donald Trump winning the presidency.

It may be convenient to discredit the New York Times as a liberal media source out to destroy President Trump; but even though the NYT may be grouped in with the liberal media, it is hard to believe that a reputable news source would jeopardize its credibility by fabricating so many incriminating facts for the sole purpose of damaging the image of a president with whom they disagree. 

Social media, along with the conservative media, will depict the report in the Times as “fake news,” even though the report contains compelling evidence of tax and bank records with specific names and signatures attached.  And this is where the mandates of our political tribes ignore the truth, or even the possibility of truth, in favor of judging evidence.

In addition to the immediate dismissal of the report, there will also be the tendency by many Trump loyalists to promote the idea that none of the evidence really matters because “everyone does what Trump and his father did.” 

According to the report, Donald Trump received at least $413 million from his father over the years when his father regularly bailed Donald out from bad business decisions.  Again according to the report, Donald Trump was actually a millionaire by the time he was 8-years-old and father and son reportedly used tax schemes and fraud to amass a fortune. 

President Trump’s attorney told the Times that there was “no fraud or tax evasion” and the facts in the article are “extremely inaccurate.”  The White House stated that the financial records of Fred and Donald Trump were kept by professionals, suggesting that neither knew of any wrongdoing, if any occurred.

Reaction to the Times report about Trump’s finances appears to support the new reality that facts no longer matter and anything that is possibly negative about President Trump is nothing more than a smear campaign by the liberal media.  But for the honest Republicans and Democrats and the larger percentage of registered voters that now identify themselves as Independent, much of the evidence presented in the New York Times report is difficult to dismiss as biased journalism.

In some parts of the country, Trump loyalists will appear to represent to majority opinion through their loud condemnation of the liberal media; but trust that there are millions and millions of Americans that maintain an honest and healthy concern that what some will say is part of a liberal agenda is actually the frightening truth.

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