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NYT's Breaking News from 2016: Trump Isn't a Good Businessman

NYT's Breaking News from 2016: Trump Isn't a Good Businessman
(AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

If you’re not that excited about any of the dozens of Democrats running for president in 2020, neither are the Democrats. It’s really tough to build any momentum for an upcoming election when you’re busy trying to undo the last one. The whole “Russian collusion” thing fell apart, and the effort to #Impeach anyway doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Needling Trump about his Twitter typos is satisfying to the people who hate him so much that they can’t think about anything else (and the grifters making money off those people), but it isn’t stopping him. Nothing is working. They’re out of ideas.

So now it’s time to show some reruns.

Russ Beutner and Susanne Craig, NYT:

By the time his master-of-the-universe memoir “Trump: The Art of the Deal” hit bookstores in 1987, Donald Trump was already in deep financial distress, losing tens of millions of dollars on troubled business deals, according to previously unrevealed figures from his federal income tax returns…

The data — printouts from Trump’s official Internal Revenue Service tax transcripts, with the figures from his federal tax form, the 1040, for the years 1985 to 1994 — represents the fullest and most detailed look to date at the president’s taxes, information he has kept from public view…

The numbers show that in 1985, Trump reported losses of $46.1 million from his core businesses — largely casinos, hotels and retail space in apartment buildings. They continued to lose money every year, totaling $1.17 billion in losses for the decade.

Wait, so the guy who couldn’t even make money running a casino is a… bad businessman? Not a good one, like he claimed? This is a bombshell! This will really give Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign a boost, not that she needs it.

You see, if the NYT and the rest of the Dems just go back in time and grab up all of the Infinity Stones before Trump can find them…

Telling us things we already know about Trump isn’t news, is it? I suppose it’s theoretically possible that there are some people who voted for him in 2016 who didn’t know about his string of failed businesses, and who are just learning about it now. Maybe they somehow missed the voluminous reporting from the 2016 campaign indicating that he’s a sleazy con man. Maybe this will convince them not to vote for him again. Maybe?

Trump (in)famously bragged that he could shoot somebody in the middle of Fifth Avenue and wouldn’t lose any voters. You can argue that this is a bad thing, but you can’t argue that he’s wrong.

This won’t change anybody’s mind, but that’s not the point anyway. It’s morale-building. The NYT is rallying the troops, reminding them that their enemy is wicked and their cause is just. #BillionDollarLoser is trending on Twitter, which surely annoys Trump the Twitter addict, so it’s a win.

If you can’t beat ‘im, troll ‘im.