Donald Trump isn’t big on loyalty to anyone, with one big exception.
When it comes to his immediate family, especially his three grown children, Trump is no ordinary loyalist, showing a paternal pride and protection that he shows to no one else in life.
“I have a lot of good relationships,” Trump said. “I also have good enemies, and that’s fine. But I think more about my family than about others.’
In all his endeavors – from his real estate ventures to his reality television empire to his tenure in the White House – Trump has appointed his own children as his deputies, a clear sign that he only trusts people who are related by blood.
Consider that, on Wednesday, New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against Trump and his three oldest children (Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric), alleging that they broke various state laws, including insurance fraud. falsifying business records and false financial statements.
“These acts of fraud and misrepresentation were of a similar nature, as part of a joint effort by senior management of the Trump Organization for each annual Statement, and were approved at the highest levels of the Trump Organization, including Mr. Trump himself,” the lawsuit says.
Trump’s lawyer, Alina Habba, called the case an “unchecked abuse of authority.”
That’s what Trump and his allies are saying about almost everything, from Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election to his impeachment over his dealings with Ukraine to his role in the January 6, 2021 riots at the US Capitol.
He has also used similar language to dismiss the convictions of those in his orbit and sometimes inner circle.
In commuting the prison sentence of Roger Stone, a former Trump politician, the then-president accused Stone of an “excessive witch hunt” that used “witch hunts” and “Russia fraud” to initially convict Stone of seven counts. When he pardoned his then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Trump denounced “prosecutor misconduct.”
But despite that past rhetorical grandeur, this case will affect Trump differently. This isn’t about finding its longtime CFO, Allen Weisselberg, guilty of a 15-year tax fraud scheme. This is his flesh and blood, like that Trump, in the face of the daunting prospect of having to defend himself against a robust civil suit that makes big claims. rate it his Mar-a-Lago estate as high as $739 million when it should have been closer to $75 million (among many other things).
This makes this threat against Trump unlike anything he has faced before. In the past, there was always a fall guy who could be sacrificed as the one who made mistakes, and the family, the real inner circle, didn’t know what was really going on.
That will be very difficult to do in this case. Because many of the people involved here are family members.
All of this makes it a uniquely placed moment for Trump to feel cornered. And when he is rejected, he gets angry. Often very angry.
Check out Truth Social’s post on James’ announcement.
“Another witch hunt by a racist Attorney General Letitia James, failed in her run for governor with almost zero public support,” Trump wrote. “He’s a fraud who campaigned on the ‘Get Trump’ platform.”
Expect a lot more where it comes from.