It’s no secret that Donald Trump fancies himself to be Don Corleone. Between his use of morally flexible “fixers” like his personal lawyer Michael Cohen, and his penchant for demanding loyalty oaths, he seems to be purposefully projecting the mob boss image.
James Comey even made the comparison in his recent book A Higher Truth:
‘In the book, Comey compares Trump to a mafia don and calls his leadership of the country “ego driven and about personal loyalty.”‘
Mob bosses are known to be excessively protective of their families… possibly since the family’s unethical actions make them a target of anger. In any case, the trope was made famous in the film The Godfather.
This dynamic is obviously being repeated by the first family. Donald Trump made waves when he appointed his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner as White House aides and advisors to the president.
The appointment makes sense if you’re thinking like a mafia boss, but in the political world, this appointment only brought more intense scrutiny on the Trump (and Kushner) families’ business dealings.
41 times the disposable Kushner has had to change his SF86 Security Clearance Application + each time more money & contacts are previously undisclosed. When will he go to prison for his "mistakes" (blatant attempts to deceive the US government)
— Don't Leave Blank (@WTFisGoingOnDon) May 4, 2018
Parallels abound between the fictional Corleone family and the all-too-real Trump family. One of the most notable similarities is the idolization of the favorite daughter.
Trump’s absolute deification of and obsession with his daughter Ivanka have been constant.
He seems to compliment his sexual partners by comparing them to his daughter:
I just heard 2 women interviewed say Trump pays for sex and told them they’re like his daughter Ivanka smart and beautiful. Excuse me?
— Ivan Loh (@theIvanLoh) March 29, 2018
When asked what common interests he and his daughter share he said this:
‘I was going to say sex, but I can relate to [golf and real estate].
He talked about her posing nude:
And of course this comment about Ivanka in a downright creepy excerpt from a Rolling Stone interview:
‘Yeah, she’s really something, and what a beauty, that one. If I weren’t happily married and, ya know, her father . . . ’
Now, there appears to be a challenge between Ivanka and her father. She has reportedly interceded with her father, asking him to promote and protect her husband.
But newly-hired Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani seems to have decided to sacrifice Kushner to protect Ivanka. In an interview with (who else) Sean Hannity, Giuliani picked up Kushner and forcefully threw him under the bus. CNBC reports that Giuliani said:
‘Jared is a fine man, you know that. Men are disposable.’
In The Godfather, family eventually wins out, and the interloping son-in-law is quite forcefully removed from the family. Will Trump follow this script? If so, he risks alienating his golden child, who he values over anyone else (except of course himself). And we know that an isolated Donald Trump is the most unpredictable Donald Trump. As he is currently one of the most powerful men on earth, his unpredictability has the potential to deeply impact the United States.
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