The art of Don the Con

How two generations of Trumps paved the way for Donald by lying, cheating, and grifting their way to the top

Frederick Trump in 1887, image: public domain

Friedrich Drumpf, family patriarch

Founder of the family fortune, draft dodger, brothel owner

Yes, it’s true that Donald Trump has German ancestry. (I get asked this a lot, especially when people want to compare him to the infamous German dictator). Donald’s paternal grandfather, Friedrich Drumpf (1869–1918), grew up in Germany’s Kallstadt region and got his working start as a barber’s apprentice. …

The Art of Don the Con

Following the Great Recession, many people learned this lesson the hard way: don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.

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Before he was mixing presidential politics with personal quid pro quos, subpar-to-mediocre businessman Donald Trump was mixing his name and image (or, his brand) with a slew of crooked companies and poppycock products. This included everything from personalized vitamins to Vodka, steaks sold exclusively through The Sharper Image®, and vastly…

This Is Not Normal

He’s pretty much an imbecile in everything, only he doesn’t know he’s an imbecile.

“Donald Trump — Caricature” by DonkeyHotey is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

From time to time, each of us has the tendency to overestimate our competence, to think we’re better at something than we actually are. This manifests in everyday moments that can often be chalked up to pride. Like, when you struggle to assemble, say, an IKEA bunk bed, but also…

Why we’re so resistant to it, and why we should definitely “check it”

A hot topic and label that’s accused of being insulting, presumptive, condescending (and even “racist”), ‘white privilege’ is possibly one of the most polarizing terms for white Americans today. Yet, it’s not a slur; it’s simply a fact — backed with research and statistics. To think of it otherwise is…

What I Learned On Alt-Right Social Media: A Series

Part 1: “Welcome to the Face Book! Be careful; this can be kind of addictive!”

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“Do your own research.”

It’s what you’d often hear echoed within alt-right social media groups, like a mantra. And it’s hardly a bad sentiment. After all, we should be diving deeper into the headlines that catch our attention. We should be checking original sources and cross-referencing rather than just taking news at face value…

The Art of Don the Con

And why we must keep on; it’s a long road.

“Donald Trump- Caricature” by DonkeyHotey is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

“What we did, that was a scam. That was an entertainment.” — Bill Pruitt, producer, The Apprentice

The Confidence Man

It all feels like a highway mirage, this road trip we’ve been on for the past 5+ years. At least for the majority of us who’ve always known Donald Trump as a con…

A common public misconception is “there’s not enough research yet” to trust the vaccine. In reality, it’s been 10 years in the making — the same R&D program as any other vaccine.

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If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a hundred times:

“I don’t think there was enough time for any extensive research to be conducted, so I’m not convinced of its safety.”

This is the go-to excuse of many who are avoiding the Covid vaccine. They don’t trust it because…

On the conservative right’s weaponization of words, especially the ones that originated in Black culture

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Can it be possible? Have we finally moved on from the conservative right’s manufactured crisis of “cancel culture” — a term they obfuscated to begin with? Or has their misguided “cancel cancel culture campaign” fizzled out because enough liberals publicly called their bluff? The conservative right’s co-opting and misuse of…

Martie Sirois

Covering the intersection of culture, politics & equality. Featured in Marker, HuffPost, PopSugar, Scary Mommy; heard on NPR, SiriusXM, LTYM, TIFO podcast, etc.

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