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Friday, 18 August 2017

The 45th President and the Peter principle

Twitter's hashtag PIMPOTUS made me remember the Peter principle that argues that "managers rise to the level of their incompetence". Wiki: "The Peter principle is a concept in management theory formulated by educator Laurence J. Peter and published in 1969." I have used a similar - scientific - analogy: the lower one's specific gravity, the faster (s)he will rise in an organisation.

The hashtag is a well crafted combination of the word pimp and POTUS. The Urban Dictionary defines the word "pimp" as a "person into marketing [of] prostitutes". The word POTUS stands for President of the United States. The combination of both words refers to a devastating story on Trump Model Management that is developing in some maverick international and US media.

Mainstream media may only report this story in September 2017 as their lawyers will be busy covering every legal angle, before they authorize its publishing. International news media started reporting on this as of 6 August 2017 (eg, link 1link 2). Recently, some US news blogs followed: first Palmer Report, then Patribotics blog. The latter one is devastating.

The Trump Model Management story might be the final nail in Trump's coffin. It would imply that US voters elected a criminal and a traitor as their 45th President. For some, this news will be too much. For others, this news will be beyond their belief. For some, this news is irrelevant for their unwavering support. This latest news, however, fits Trump's personality: "And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything." (2005 Billy Bush video)

In 2015, Reuters reported that "Trump Taj Mahal Associates LLC agreed to the assessment of a $10 million civil penalty by the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, according to a proposed consent order filed on Tuesday with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware." Hence, no prosecution.

In 2017, the NY Times reported that "A federal judge on Friday gave final approval to a $25 million agreement to settle fraud claims arising from Donald J. Trump’s for-profit education venture, Trump University, rejecting a last-minute objection to the deal." Hence, no prosecution.

Early 2017, the Atlantic published an impressive list of "the many scandals of Donald Trump: a cheat sheet". A June 2016 Newsweek Exclusive reported about "Trump's 3,500 lawsuits, unprecedented for a presidential nominee". An April 2017 Vanity Fair article disclosed that "the Trump campaign has quietly settled millions in lawsuits". Hence, no prosecution.

Donald Trump might never have ended up in his current mess if he had remained what he was: a real estate and casino mogul, operating in shady businesses like Trump Model Management and Trump University. The US government would probably never have allocated its vast resources in prosecuting Trump and his associates.

Ironic Phases (2013) by The Prosecution - artists, lyrics, video, Wiki

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