(Illustration: M.C Escher’s ‘Scholastica (Full Moon),’ found here).
Dark gray skies, overcast/low clouds,and a near-gloomy Saturday evening here on California’s north coast — rain forecast for Tuesday, so there’s that…
Add to the ash-like attitude, a real-scary craziness of the T-Rump amplified in an interview published yesterday at CBC/Radio-Canada with Jonathan Greenberg, a journalist for Forbes magazine, and a look at the rich list — read the whole piece, fascinating in its way-creepy dark-nuts, some snips:
“I’ll never forget coming back from Fifth Avenue in his office in 1982 thinking, ‘I cannot believe someone would lie so much and so transparently’,” author and journalist Greenberg told Day 6.
The New York Times, on Wednesday, published details of Trump’s tax losses, and it clarified some of the obscurity around Trump’s wealth by revealing a crushing burden of debt.
The Times report shows Trump suffered massive losses, a total of $1.17 billion US from 1985 to 1994.
“He was worth under $5 million that year when I put him in at $100 million. He should never have been on that list and neither should his father,” Greenberg said.
“I mean, he totally snowed me.”
According to Greenberg, Trump took elaborate and transparent measures to make the case he was richer than he was.
“He pretended to take a phone call from his father advising his father how to place tens of millions of dollars in bond holdings,” Greenberg said.
“And when I got close I could hear that there was no one on the other end.”
Despite that, the real weird:
After two years of meeting with Greenberg in his Trump Tower office, Trump tried a new tactic to pump up his valuation on Forbes’ 1984 list.
“That year his secretary had set up a call with the VP of finance. ‘[The secretary said] Mr. Trump can’t talk to you this year, but John Barron will and he’ll tell you whatever you need to know,'” Greenberg said.
Greenberg recorded the calls and preserved the tapes and there are two key takeaways: nearly everything Barron told Greenberg about Trump’s wealth was false, and John Barron didn’t really exist.
“John Barron was Donald Trump pretending to be his vice-president of finance,” Greenberg said.
“For 45 minutes in May, and then for 40 minutes again in July, I had a conversation with a fictional character who was really Donald Trump. He was feeding me lies that were very carefully fabricated … He said that all of my father’s assets have been consolidated and transferred to me.”
In fact none of Fred Trump’s properties had been transferred to his son.
“He did own some of his own properties,” Greenberg said.
“But as we see in the Times report, they were very heavily leveraged.”
This is the guy in charge…