Throughout the 2016 election, President-elect Donald Trump referred to Hillary Clinton as “Crooked Hillary” too many times to count. Speaking mainly about her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state and the lack of transparency with her family’s foundation, Trump obviously managed to convince enough people that Clinton truly was crooked and shocked the nation by winning the election on Nov. 8.
Trump spent plenty of time denigrating Hillary Clinton during the election, both in person and via Twitter, and it seems that he might have been trying to distract everyone from the numerous scandals he has been dealing with throughout his career, some that date back to the 1970s. The Atlantic recently compiled a “cheat sheet” of all of Donald Trump’s scandals, and it’s clear that the president-elect does not have the squeaky clean past he pretends he has.
The Atlantic’s full list includes, of course, some of Trump’s most highly publicized scandals, including Trump University, his four bankruptcies, and his numerous sexual assault allegations. Some of the scandals, though, are a bit more surprising, although nothing regarding Donald Trump’s past feels like much of surprise anymore.
One of the oldest scandals that The Atlantic listed was Donald Trump’s alleged connections to the Mafia. Trump’s connections include the fact that he paid a mob figure twice market rate for the land under Trump Plaza in Atlantic City and his close relationship with Robert LiButti, an associate of well-known Mafia boss John Gotti.
Donald Trump personally has never been convicted of any Mafia-related crimes; however, Trump Plaza was fined $200,000 for following through with LiButti’s request that black employees be kept away from his table, and for buying LiButti nine luxury cars.
In addition to Trump’s racial housing discrimination scandal, he was also accused in the early 1980s of tenant intimidation. In 1981, Trump purchased a building on Central Park South in New York City; he ran into trouble when the building’s tenants did not want to give up their apartments so that Trump could tear down the building and replace it with luxury condos. Trump tried a variety of extreme and unethical measures to remove the tenants, including cutting off heat and hot water and publishing newspaper ads offering to house homeless New Yorkers in empty units. The president-elect also sued the building’s tenants for $150 million when they complained about his efforts.
Donald Trump eventually gave up on his efforts and settled with the building’s tenants.
An interesting difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is the fact that, though they both have their fair share of scandals, in situations where neither person was convicted of a crime – or the person settled with their accuser – Trump is viewed as innocent while Clinton is still seen as guilty and is accused of using her connections to get out of trouble. Trump is obviously just as well-connected and, based on just these few examples, hasn’t had any qualms about throwing his money around to get himself out of tight spots.
The 2016 election came down to two candidates with varying degrees of dirty laundry — the writers for the cartoon South Park even summed the race up as a “turd sandwich” versus a “giant douche” – but only one candidate paid the price for their questionable past, despite winning the popular vote by nearly 2 million votes.
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