Progressive economics legend and former Clinton labor secretary, Robert Reich, shared an exchange he had with a Trump supporter recently on his Facebook page. The conversation must have only taken about a minute, and in that time he took a Trumper’s opinion of Donald’s “business success” from “Hero” to “Zero.”
Robert’s story is shown below:
I finally found a Trump supporter — this morning when I went to buy coffee. (I noticed a Trump bumper sticker on his car.)
“Hi,” I said. “Noticed your Trump bumper sticker.”
“Yup,” he said, a bit defensively.
“I hope you don’t mind my asking, but I’m curious. Why are you supporting him?”
“I know he’s a little bit much,” said the Trump supporter. “But he’s a successful businessman. And we need a successful businessman as president.”
“How do you know he’s a successful businessman?” I asked.
“Because he’s made a fortune.”
“Has he really?” I asked.
“Of course. Forbes magazine says he’s worth four and a half billion.”
“That doesn’t mean he’s been a success,” I said.
“In my book it does,” said the Trump supporter.
“You know, in 1976, when Trump was just starting his career, he said he was worth about $200 million,” I said. “Most of that was from his father.”
“That just proves my point,” said the Trump supporter. “He turned that $200 million into four and a half billion. Brilliant man.”
“But if he had just put that $200 million into an index fund and reinvested the dividends, he’d be worth twelve billion today,” I said.
The Trump supporter went silent.
“And he got about $850 million in tax subsidies, just in New York alone,” I said.
“He’s not a businessman,” I said. “He’s a con man. “Hope you enjoy your coffee.”
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Now this joker is going to have to go home, sad and disappointed with the realization he’s been taken for a fool like so many others. This really needs to be shared more and repeated often. Trump is NOT a business success. He’s had so many business failures that they aren’t easily counted. He couldn’t even sell red meat to Americans. How the hell is he supposed to run the country successfully?