ObsessoMom wrote:He certainly pretends that he has money, and people seem willing to take his own word for it, despite knowing what a liar he is.
There is some room for dispute over just how many billions he has, and in what form they exist; but he clearly has money. The biggest lie is that he's actually any good
with money; he likes to present himself as some kind of master businessman, and the reality is that at best, he's maybe a little above average. He knows how to read the public and sell himself, but mostly he's just a guy who started out with a lot and kept most of it. He's had some wins, and some losses, and he knows how to work the system to weather the losses.
His multiple bankruptcies, desperation to keep his IRS returns private, history of not paying tradespeople for their services, and penchant for getting shady characters to foot the bill for his extravagances suggest that the facts may be otherwise, though.
Bankruptcies in and of themselves aren't really an indicator. He does a lot of business based on speculation, and bankruptcies are part of that game. Also, for someone like Trump, bankruptcy is just a way to avoid paying for things... Most people see bankruptcy as a failure; people like Trump see it as a sort of cheat code in the game of finance. He does have an abysmal record when it comes to paying people for their labor; but despite that, he's always had tradespeople lining up around the block to work for him.
I think the only thing he's really successful at is getting people to believe he's successful. He's a con artist.
Oh, most definitely... but the thing is, it's worked. Not because he's really the business genius he's pretending to be, but because he can sell himself as that, despite not being it. People like to pick on the massive failures... but he always comes out of them unscathed. A small part of why he's president may be that people didn't take him seriously.
Really, if the guy wasn't such a monumental piece of shit, his career would almost be admirable.