Donald Trump threw another tantrum on twitter, and in doing so, reverted again to talking like a mafia boss:
Remember, Michael Cohen only became a “Rat” after the FBI did something which was absolutely unthinkable & unheard of until the Witch Hunt was illegally started. They BROKE INTO AN ATTORNEY’S OFFICE! Why didn’t they break into the DNC to get the Server, or Crooked’s office?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2018
The first thing that comes to mind when reading this ridiculous tweet is that the FBI did not “break into” Michael Cohen’s office. The FBI executed a search warrant that was approved by a federal judge. Secondly, Michael Cohen is a criminal. Just because someone is an attorney does not excuse that somebody from being subject to the laws of the land. Thirdly, the Special Counsel investigation was not in any way, shape, or form “illegally started”. The legality of the Special Counsel investigation has already been upheld in court multiple times.
Those fact checks aside, what really stands out in this tweet is the language that is being used by the President of the United States. Donald Trump is describing a couple of different things almost exactly like a mafia boss would describe them.
Donald Trump thinks that when a witness cooperates with a prosecutor, that makes them a “Rat”.
Donald Trump thinks the FBI is the bad guy because they executed a judge approved search warrant, something which he describes as being “broke into”.
This is also not the first time Donald Trump has used similar language. Back in August when his henchmen Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen were first found guilty of committing crimes, Trump had a similar tantrum on twitter, letting his mafia boss language seep out by congratulating Paulie for not “breaking”:
I feel very badly for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family. “Justice” took a 12 year old tax case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to “break” – make up stories in order to get a “deal.” Such respect for a brave man!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 22, 2018
Then he went on Fox News to opine about his other henchman Michael Cohen and about how he thinks it should be illegal for accomplices or underlings to cooperate with investigators and flip on their bosses.
“It’s called flipping and it almost ought to be illegal,” Trump said in the interview, adding he’s witnessed similar scenarios over his decades in public life. “I know all about flipping, 30, 40 years I have been watching flippers. Everything is wonderful and then they get 10 years in jail and they flip on whoever the next highest one is or as high as you can go.”
And in that same interview Trump described his main reason for hiring Jeff Sessions to be Attorney General: he felt loyalty to him and expected loyalty in return.
Sessions “was on the campaign,” Trump said. “You know, the only reason I gave him the job is because I felt loyalty. He was an original supporter.”
“Sessions recused himself, which he shouldn’t have done, or he should have told me,” Trump said. “He took my job, and then he said, ‘I’m going to recuse myself.’ I said, ‘What kind of man is this?’”
Trump was basically openly admitting that Paul Manafort could finger him for crimes, which is the only reason why he thought it is a good thing that Manafort didn’t make a plea deal at first. When Paulie did make a plea deal, Trump suddenly became silent, which we now know is because Paulie was using his plea deal to feed info to Trump.
Trump has now openly declared a number of times that he thinks nobody who orders someone else to commit a crime should have to worry about that person telling investigators about those orders. This is quite literally, insane, unless one sees the world through the eyes of a mafia boss.
Trump is also apparently unaware that the position of Attorney General of the United States is one of loyalty to the Constitution of the United States, not the President. This makes sense if one sees the world as does a mafia boss, in which case it could be difficult to imagine the fact that a job could entail loyalty to anything other than the boss.
Maybe Donald Trump is letting his mafia boss language seep out because he knows about this:
John Gotti was deemed as untouchable, and was nicknamed "The Teflon Don" because prosecutors was never able to hold him accountable..until one day….
You know who sent him to prison for the rest of Gotti´s life?
Robert S. Mueller III
— NotMyPresident (@ironstowe) January 15, 2018