Yesterday, my oft-mentioned pal Myles Berkowitz -- who shares with me a deep love for the movie Midnight Run -- reminded me of a line in the film. It's when the mob boss (played by Dennis Farina) tells a bookkeeper who turned witness against him (played by Charles Grodin) that he's going to kill the little guy -- and then, after he's dead, Farina snarls he's going to go to Grodin's house and kill his wife. As New Yorker Myles noted, this is a very mob thing to do, that you don't just kill someone but also take retribution against their family.
He brought this up in connection to Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman's case, where Trump fired his brother, too, somebody who had absolutely zero to do with the Ukraine investigation and was a lawyer for the National Security Council. But he was Alexander Vindman's family. So, you exact revenge against him, as well.
I'm not saying Trump is mobbed up, or perhaps just a wannabe. Or maybe it's simply pure coincidence. But whatever the reason, "it's a very mob thing to do."
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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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