Trump and His Billionaire Buddies Grifter Con Job Becomes More and More Obvious as Steve Bannon is Arrested: Will America Finally Wake Up?

Thom plus logo Steve Bannon was just arrested for running a giant con on Trump supporters.

He and a few buddies started a "charity" inviting people to make contributions to help "build the wall" on our southern border. Gullible and vulnerable people gave them millions of dollars, and they used that money for their own purposes.

This shouldn't surprise us. The entire Trump campaign has been one long con job.

It started when Trump announced he was running for president, not because he thought he would be a good president but because he thought it would force GE and NBC to pay him more money for his Apprentice show.

He assembled a group of grifters around him, like Bannon and Manafort, and, with the help of several foreign governments including Russia, they managed to squeak him into the White House.

Since then the grift has gone into overdrive. They are giving away public lands to campaign donors, giving huge no-bid contracts to friends and campaign donors, passing out massive tax breaks to their largest campaign donors, and even trying to destroy the Post Office on behalf of campaign donors.

The biggest and most dangerous part of the Trump con job on America, however, was called out last night by President Obama, who pointed out the Donald Trump and his grifter buddies represent an actual threat to the safety and security of Americans and to democracy itself.

From billionaire funded right wing think tanks to billionaire owned Fox News to billionaire funded efforts to put billionaire friendly judges on our federal courts to billionaire funded groups like ALEC writing the very legislation that gets made into law, the "conservative" movement started by Ronald Reagan in 1980 has been one long grift.

Many Americans have known this all along, but the reality of it has only penetrated the broader public's consciousness in the last few years as it has become so brazen.

In response, the billionaire grifters have kicked their grift into overdrive. They sponsor bizarre conspiracy theories, questioned the viability of democracy, attack American institutions from our intelligence services to our post office, and try to wrap their a theft of America's resources and wealth in the flag.

America's racists and neo-Nazis are very happy about all this, as are the billionaires benefiting from this con job, but the rest of America, and the very viability of democracy in our republic going forward, have been severely harmed.

The question now is whether enough Americans have awakened to this 40 year-long con job that has reached its peak with the Trump presidency that we can put this behind us. If we fail to, we may not have a second chance.

-Thom

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stopgap's picture
stopgap 22 weeks 22 hours ago
#1

The definition of insanity is reelecting Donald Trump and expecting a different result.

Legend 22 weeks 10 hours ago
#2

What goes around comes around. Castle Rock is a small town (that is getting big) south of Denver. I happen to live about 10 miles from it. It was recently made nationally famous by a Restaurant that opened in defiance of lock down laws and was filled to standing room only with no mask patrons. This was part of a right wing organizied plot where they wanted many restaurants to join in and got one. What is not mentioned is that they were receiving state and city aid money ($6000) per month and a GO Fund Me of $20000+. The other truth is the restauant is a terrible location and compition moved in nearby that destroyed the business. One of the orgainizers of this rebellion is one of the ones arrested with Steve Bannon. And he lives in Castle Rock. The wife of Tim Shea that was arrested, is the treasurer of We Build The Wall. This is a $25 million dollar grift.

https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/steve-bannon-revealed-as-a-petty-grifter-190038484.html

https://coloradosun.com/2020/08/20/tim-shea-castle-rock-indicted-steve-bannon/

https://webuildthewall.us/ourteam/

https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/press-release/file/1306611/download

https://webuildthewall.us/

Steve Bannon was on a boat when arrested. A $26 million luxury yacht filming videos. This gets very interesting. The Deep State?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVrCRm-KXvE

https://www.yahoo.com/news/chinese-mogul-owns-boat-steve-223811169.html

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Riverplunge 22 weeks 9 hours ago
#3

They better keep a log on what land is being purchased! But knowing the Democrats, they will be too busy going their own way instead of fighting in unison for land that all the common people paid taxes to own. The LAND THIEVES will need to be convicted for stealing land. Every one involved.

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whatabout 22 weeks 8 hours ago
#4

What's good for the goose? Not if you are a democrat in a crime riddled city that has been run by democrats for decades.

"Mayor Lori Lightfoot and her wife don't feel safe in their home so they have throngs of police cordoning off the blocks surrounding their home with orders to arrest all protesters. How special, and to hell with the other residents that have to put up with 50-100 shootings per weekend not to mention the millions in damage to one of Chicago's finest shopping areas in that once fine city.

Residents of that neighborhood have to show a photo ID to get around the barricades and into their own homes but are not needed to vote of course as dead people don't have ID's.

It is good to be a democrat.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot defended the Chicago Police Department banning protesters from the block where she lives, citing her right to safety.

The Democratic mayor said her family requires heightened security due to threats she receives, but did not elaborate.

“I think that residents of this city, understanding the nature of the threats that we are receiving on a daily basis, on a daily basis, understand I have a right to make sure that my home is secure,” Lightfoot said, according to the Chicago Tribune.

She said comparisons to how the police department protected previous mayors’ homes, such as that of Rahm Emanuel, were unfair because: “This is a different time like no other,” Lightfoot told reporters.

After massive street protests after the killing of George Floyd in May, Chicago police banned protests near the mayor’s home. Officers were instructed to arrest anyone protesting near her Logan Square residence."

whatabout's picture
whatabout 22 weeks 6 hours ago
#6

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Legend 22 weeks 3 hours ago
#7

So it is ok for the POTUS who has the most security in the world to hide in an underground fortress? But. the mayor of Chicago cannot have her home guarded?

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alis volat 21 weeks 6 days ago
#8

Was this Bannon's first arrest? I didn't see anything online. I hope he is made to pay with his pocketbook and freedom. Low-life SOB's including the disabled vet.

The Trump stain on the Presidency is going to need a lot of scrubbing. I hope it can be done, but fixing what we can of the wreckage is going to be a good place to start. Same shit-different year, but Dems can certainly prepare to try.

Legend 21 weeks 6 days ago
#9

What it shows is how much Steve Bannon and the others on the Website care about their fellow Republicans. It is just a get rich and live the high life plan based on other peoples money. Now that it is at the Plea Bargain stage I expect a lot more will be devulged. https://webuildthewall.us/ourteam/

deepspace's picture
deepspace 21 weeks 6 days ago
#10

#6 is the most sense that a Trumpee can make. Keep it up.

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deepspace 21 weeks 6 days ago
#11

Next week, treat your liver with respect: DO NOT turn the Republican convention into a drinking game! If you knock back a shot every time a reprobate looks into the camera and lies to the American people, you WILL die of alcohol poisoning by week's end. It would be much healthier physically, psychologically, and spiritually to turn off all devices and commune with nature. Don't ruin your last week of summer suffering fools.

whatabout's picture
whatabout 21 weeks 6 days ago
#12

Hammer, meet nail head.

Congressional Record--Appendix, January 10, 1963 Current Communist Goals
EXTENSION OF REMARKS OF HON. A. S. HERLONG, JR. OF FLORIDA IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES - Thursday, January 10, 1963

1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.
3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength
4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.
5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.
6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.
12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.
13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.
14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.
15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.
16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
18. Gain control of all student newspapers.
19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.
20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments editorial writing, policy making positions.
21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.
22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms."
23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. "Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."
24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a
violation of free speech and free press.
25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."
27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion.
Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a "religious crutch."
28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."
29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man.”

https://hankeringforhistory.com/communist-goals-congressional-record-1963/

http://cns7prod.s3.amazonaws.com/attachments/communist_goals.pdf

deepspace's picture
deepspace 21 weeks 6 days ago
#13

1963? Keep up with the times, old man. In 2020, the biggest commie pinko in America who is eagerly fulfilling the wishes of the Russian oligarchy and destroying our democracy is Putin's wet dream, Donald the Impeached, an inspiration for the weak-minded and a pervert for the morally bankrupt.

Legend 21 weeks 4 days ago
#14

Wonder why a Progressive Democratic site is being hacked by Russians? Their nametags say "Trainee".

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Worn out door knobs 21 weeks 4 days ago
#15

Mr Legend:

This isn't a progressive website. It's a website for old Men who consider themselves to be intellectuals.

vetinla's picture
vetinla 21 weeks 4 days ago
#16

@ 15; Or, a website where one can garner a bit of therapy by stating opinions held, but never spoken.

Or, a website some are paid to visit..

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