Did Trump Just Fold?

Just asking because his fundraising has slowed down. He used to send 15+ emails a day asking for money. But in the past few days it has fallen to just one or two.

The old saying is, “follow the money,” and in Donald Trump’s case that is especially true. Trump may have folded in terms of the 2020 presidential election and his “stop the steal” campaign but there is no way that he is done tapping into his supporters’ money tree.

The question is whether his next campaign focuses on helping other Republicans or just moves right into the 2024 election, keeping the spotlight on himself.

My guess is it’s primarily the latter. Unless one of his kids decides to run for office . . .

The Kushners Panic

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are worried. Donald Trump can’t admit he lost the election and his tweets are increasing detached from reality. As he embraces his inner QAnon, “Jarvanka” are apparently panicked that his craziness will ruin what is left of their reputations.

Over the past few days ‘anonymous’ sources have leaked that both Jared and Ivanka have advised Trump to admit that he lost. It is a pretty sure bet that these sources are Jared and Ivanka. They want to be seen as the “sane ones” after the dust settles.

Unlike Trump offspring Don Jr. and Eric, most of Javanka’s business interests are outside of the Trump family company. It is doubtful that any US bank will ever finance a Trump project again. As Kushner runs a separate real estate company, he would like to make sure that he still has a chance for funding.

His story is going to be, “look, I had no choice but to go into the administration. I stayed away from the silliness and focused on real stuff like the middle eastern peace agreements. Don’t blame me. My wife and I were the voices of reason when Trump lost and tried to break everything on the way out.”

It just might work.

Ivanka Might Have Stepped In It, Big Time

Back in the spring of 2018, the US imposed sanctions on a Chinese electronics firm for stealing technology. The sanctions were about to put the company out of business when Donald Trump gave it a lifeline. The company was exempted from sanctions because “Too many jobs in China (would be) lost.”

It isn’t clear why the Democrats didn’t jump on this during the midterm election campaign. Maybe they thought that the job market was so robust that no one would really care that Trump was putting Chinese workers ahead of US intellectual property holders. It was clearly a China first, not America first, move, but Trump seemed to be getting away with it.

Coincidentally, a few days before Trump spared the Chinese company, the Chinese government granted Ivanka Trump some important and valuable trademarks. It smelledĀ  fishy, but there was no smoking gun.

Last week, however, it was revealed that Ivanka was channeling her inner Hillary and using her personal email account for government business.

Now that the Democrats control the House and can launch investigations, it is a good bet they will subpoena Ivanka’s mails and more details will come out. Unlike Hillary, she doesn’t run her own server in her basement, so it will be hard for her to delete all the evidence. Lock her up?