Update: Apparently not fake.
Trump has been lying to his base for months about Amazon – saying it doesn’t pay taxes, that its rate structure causes a loss to the US Postal Service, and on and on. He has also made it clear that he hates Amazon because it is owned by Jeff Bezos, an actual billionaire, who also owns the Washington Post. Trump hates the Post for the obvious reason that it reports the truth about him and his racist, autocratic agenda.
Now we learn that, in a move that mimics Pres. Richard Nixon’s pressuring the IRS to go after his enemies, Trump he has been demanding that the US Postmaster General double shipping rates for Amazon — a move that would raise costs for millions of Amazon’s American users. The story was broken by the Washington Post, but it has even gotten coverage in the New York Post, which is part of the Rupert Murdoch-owned pro-Trump propaganda empire:
New Yorker writer Adam Davidson says the chaos in the White House today brings to mind his experiences in Iraq after the invasion in 2003 when it became clear that conditions were deteriorating beyond repair and in New York in 2007 when the Bush administration and others were ignoring signs that the economy was on the brink of collapse:
This tawdry state of affairs is visited upon us because millions of Republicans were willingly duped by a conman who is also a notoriously degenerate serial philanderer.
Ironically, these are the same Republicans who appointed themselves the arbiters of family values and the sanctity of marriage in the 1980s and then literally sat in judgment on Bill Clinton’s extramarital dalliances in the 1990s.
Read Jonathan Chait’s takedown of the Trump gang’s malfeasance at New York Magazine.
Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief.
– Jane Austen