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Every time a bell rings a grifter gets his wings

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The Trump campaign raised $1.1 billion between the beginning of 2019 and the end of July. You will be shocked to learn that more than $800 million of that sum has already gone to Money Heaven, with little in the way of evidence that all this loot got spent on things that campaign funds are supposed to be spent on:

Five months later, Mr. Trump’s financial supremacy has evaporated. Of the $1.1 billon his campaign and the party raised from the beginning of 2019 through July, more than $800 million has already been spent. Now some people inside the campaign are forecasting what was once unthinkable: a cash crunch with less than 60 days until the election, according to Republican officials briefed on the matter.

Brad Parscale, the former campaign manager, liked to call Mr. Trump’s re-election war machine an “unstoppable juggernaut.” But interviews with more than a dozen current and former campaign aides and Trump allies, and a review of thousands of items in federal campaign filings, show that the president’s campaign and the R.N.C. developed some profligate habits as they burned through hundreds of millions of dollars. Since Bill Stepien replaced Mr. Parscale in July, the campaign has imposed a series of belt-tightening measures that have reshaped initiatives, including hiring practices, travel and the advertising budget.

Right wing politics in this country is basically just a series of elaborate con games, designed to separate frightened old white people from their money.

Yet it’s a sign of what an incredibly powerful force white supremacy remains in America that a malignant buffoon like Trump can spend his entire presidency stealing everything that isn’t nailed down, and a lot of stuff that is, and yet he still has a chance to actually get elected, despite openly turning the presidency into just another of his unending series of brazen grifts and rackets.

And while Trump and his enablers should all go to prison for the rest of their lives, it’s also true that everybody he is now ripping off absolutely deserves to get ripped off, given how utterly transparent his bottomless corruption has been for so very long.

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