I'm trying to figure out what is the worst of Trump news issues yesterday. It's between two.
The first is the story that Trump apparently expressed relief on hearing the news that the was "only" a subject of the FBI investigation, and not the target -- at least yet.
Now, personally, if I was told that I was the subject of an FBI investigation, I'm pretty certain I'd be horrified. But then, that's just me. But I guess considering that good news is an indication of how bad all the other news is about the investigation. Still, I can't help thinking it's odd to consider it a relief that you are the first president in the history of the United States to ever be the subject of an FBI investigation. And I think it odd, as well, to not think that when one is the subject of an ongoing FBI investigation that you can't easily turn into a target as more evidence builds.
The other story is Trump's ongoing attack's on Amazon. Forget for the moment that his attacks have nothing to do with Amazon, but are about his hatred of Jeff Bezos who personally owns the Washington Post, completely separate of his ownership of Amazon. It isn't Amazon that owns the Post, but Bezos alone. More to the point is that all the things he's saying about Amazon are wrong at best, and lies at worst. The Postal Service does not get taxpayer money, so Amazon can't cause any problems for taxpayers even if the second Trumped-up charges were true. And that second falsehood is that Amazon is getting special, preferred rate. In fact, Amazon is paying the same bulk rates available to any company. And the Postal Service is making a profit from that -- since it's against the law for them to charge a rate where they'd lose money. The larger point of all this is that when someone lies to impact the price of a stock, that's stock manipulation which is a felony. Given that Amazon stock has dropped a bit since the Trump attacks, people have noticed.
So, I don't know which is worse. They're both pretty awful and stupid.
But I think I'll go with "Thinking that being the subject of an FBI investigation is a relief." I just have a hard time imagining how thinking that is ever a good way to fly.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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