Now that Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, is on trial for several charges such as bank fraud, tax evasion, money laundering, and obstruction of justice, Trump has been getting nervous as Special Counsel Robert Mueller gets closer.
In order to protect himself, Trump has been insisting (on and off Twitter) that the charges brought against Manafort have nothing to do with Manafort’s involvement in the president’s 2016 campaign. However, as more details come out about just how corrupt Manafort was in his business dealings, it seems highly unlikely that the Trump campaign is going to come up clean in all of this.
We have yet to see how Manafort’s case will turn out, but we shouldn’t expect The Donald to go to bat for him – especially when his own a** is on the line. While Trump expects full loyalty when it comes to keeping himself protected, Trump rarely keeps his word and doesn’t have a loyal bone in his soft orange body. We don’t have to look any further than how things have panned out between Trump and his longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, as Mueller investigates the hush money payments that have been made to various women to hide Trump’s affairs.
Trump has always been this way. Another example of this behavior happened in 2016, when Trump had to defend himself against the horrific ratings at the Republican National Convention (which were outperformed by the Democratic National Convention). Proving to the world that Trump won’t stand up for anyone, the then-candidate threw his entire campaign under the bus and blamed them. In an interview with the New York Times, Trump said:
“I didn’t produce our show. I just showed up for the final speech.”
Trump’s behavior makes it clear that he will blame everyone else, even when it’s his fault. Anyone associated with Trump that is currently under investigation should be very scared. The president isn’t going to save anyone but himself, even if he’s the one who is guilty.
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