Donald Trump held another rally Wednesday.
It marked what felt like the millionth one since last month, but that math doesn’t add up. Why are we suffering such rally fatigue? Probably because the events are not intended for anyone but his rabid fanbase, who have demonstrated their unyielding forgiveness for his assholery time and time again. Wednesday’s rally offered another opportunity to do the same. What he said would have sparked a revolt if uttered by a liberal, catapulting the myth of elitism into the ionosphere. But Trump opened his mouth, and out came an accidental, ugly truth:
Somebody said, ‘Why did you appoint a rich person to be in charge of the economy?’ … Wilbur [Ross is] a very rich person in charge of commerce. I said, ‘Because that’s the kind of thinking we want…because they’re representing the country. They don’t want the money.’ … We can’t have the world taking advantage of us anymore. And I love all people, rich or poor, but in those particular positions, I just don’t want a poor person.
It’s not like he didn’t give us plenty of evidence that he had no intention of “draining the swamp,” as it were. He’s put a millionaire or billionaire in charge of nearly everything he’s made a pick for. The Department of Commerce, the agency Trump was referencing in his statement, is headed by Wilbur Ross and his deputy Todd Ricketts. Ross is a billionaire who made his fortune capitalizing on companies’ bankruptcies, as well as his private equity fund at Rothschild Inc. Ricketts is the billionaire part-owner of the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs.
But why would Trump stop there?
His Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is valued over $300 million. His Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is a multi-billionaire — the daughter-in-law of one of the 100 richest men in America. Trump himself is filthy rich. The profits he’s made from just a few of his many properties, just since his inauguration, would be enough to buy a jet that would fit all of his rich friends and a small orchestra onboard. Maybe he can find one that runs on champagne.
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