Shatter the Myth, Disclose the Numbers, Numbers Never Lie

At no point have I ever seen Trump look humble, reluctant, deferential, or even somewhat afraid, with one exception. On the night of his gigantic, historic, whatever adjective he uses now to describe the acceptance speech upon hearing the results of the election, Trump appeared to be in shock, and afraid. Of course, this would be a perfectly normal reaction for many people upon winning the office of the presidency. Except for two other things. One, of course, is that this man will never stoop to looking humble if it all possible, no matter how appropriate, and two, at the same time that he looked shocked, he looked totally unprepared, no real speech, the family rushed together spontaneously, Melania looking petrified and pissed. He never planned to win, and it’s fairly obvious now why. I long believed that the failure to disclose any real tax returns, even one year’s worth, stood out like the biggest red flag ever hung. But in that moment – one that many other people remember and saw a similar man – I could tell that he knew, right then, that the gig was up. One cannot be president, and hide what he has, and continues to, hide. Of course, there is a lot we didn’t know in that moment, first being that a lapdog Republican party would chase out any remaining skeptics and go full in the tank for the man. Trump’s shock hit our radar, but Devin Nunes did not. It has taken well over two years, near three, since that first night, but the circle is getting tighter, the red-light flashes ominously, the flags of red now sputter everywhere, and he has fewer places to hide. The proverbial iceberg, that ten percent that can be seen above the water line, can now be seen in the clear light of day. According to a ground-breaking Huffington Post report, Trump has filed diametrically opposite financial disclosure forms in the U.K. versus here in the U.S., all concerning the exact same properties. And, it is laid out with shocking clarity that we can all understand. According to the report: Trump claimed in his 2018 U.S. filing that his Turnberry and Aberdeen resorts were each worth more than $50 million. For that same time period, he filed balance sheets with the United Kingdom government showing that their combined debt exceeded their assets by 47.9 million British pounds ― the equivalent of $64.8 million at the exchange rate on Dec. 31, 2017, the date of the last U.K. filing available. The “filing” referenced is the U.S. financial disclosure form required by law, though not to be confused with his taxes, it is a form which – if it contains an outright lie – is a crime, a felony, punishable by five years in prison. The difference between the two is that with respect to taxes in the U.K., he is far better off disclosing debt, which makes one believe it is closer to the truth. Similarly: His 2018 “public financial disclosure” filed with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics also claims those two resorts earned him “income” of $23.8 million. His filings with the U.K. Companies House office in Edinburgh for that period showed the resorts had actually lost 4.6 million pounds ― equal to $6.3 million. His U.S. […]

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