For Eric & Donald Trump Jr., Corrupt Russians are the “Go-to” Guys

Donald Trump Jr.’s emails and tapped phone calls with corrupt Russian operatives undermine what the White House has been saying

Donald Jr. just doesn’t get it. Can’t get it… He’s so clueless, so stupid, so critically uninformed, that he publicly confessed and released the incriminating emails on Twitter, essentially Tweeting his own indictment, because he has NO idea what’s wrong with ANYTHING he’s done. He’s in the dock, and there’s no getting out of it.

“One White House official went so far as to stop communicating with the president’s embattled son, although this official spoke sympathetically about his plight, casting Trump Jr. as someone who just wants to hunt, fish and run his family’s real estate business… Critics of Trump Jr. counter that he should have known better than to accept a meeting with someone who was explicitly described in an email as a “Russian government attorney.” (Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker, ‘Category 5 hurricane’: White House under siege by Trump Jr.’s Russia revelations,’ July 12, 2017.)

But that’s the whole point; Trump Jr. can’t understand what is wrong with having political truck with Putin and his criminal government as, since he was a young adult, Putin-sponsored Russian government banks like VEB and Eastern-European oligarch money-laundering specialty quasi-criminal corporations like Deutsche Bank have been bailing his 5th-time bankrupt father’s and the family businesses out of financial ruin, ever since U.S. banks or legitimate international banks would no longer lend or extend credit to Trump Sr. or any of his business concerns. He’d stiffed them, like nearly every other contractor, too many times, through not paying his debts and/or filing for bankruptcy.

“I…worked on this story for a year…and…he just…he tweeted it out,” Jared Yates Sexton wrote on Twitter, explaining that he had spent about an year’s time trying to figure out sources.

Before running for office, Trump Sr. never denied his extensive dealings with Russian investors and clients but actually spoke about it frequently, boasting about the amount of Russian money that flowed through his projects in numerous interviews. So did Donald Jr. and Eric: In 2008, Donald Jr. told investors in Moscow that “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” while Eric reportedly told golf reporter, James Dodson, in 2014 that the Trump Organization was able to expand during the financial crisis because “We don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.” Dodson had planned to play nine holes with Trump and Eric, along with pro golfer Greg Norman and Trump’s bodyguard, and when he got there, Dodson asked where Trump was getting money. “He just sort of tossed off that he had access to $100 million,” said Dodson, whose curiosity was piqued:

“…[W] hen I got in the cart with Eric,” Dodson says, “as we were setting off, I said, ‘Eric, who’s funding? I know no banks — because of the recession, the Great Recession — have touched a golf course. You know, no one’s funding any kind of golf construction. It’s dead in the water the last four or five years.’ And this is what he said. He said, ‘Well, we don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.’ I said, ‘Really?’ And he said, ‘Oh, yeah. We’ve got some guys that really, really love golf, and they’re really invested in our programs. We just go there all the time.’ Now that was three years ago, so it was pretty interesting.”

So, to Trump Jr., Eric, Ivanka (and Jared Kushner with his 666 5th Avenue property bail-out from Russian-sponsored loans), Putin, his oligarch cronies, the corrupted Russian governments and their agents are the good guys who have saved their asses for just about the past 15 years by loaning hundreds of millions of dollars, extending credit, ‘investing’ in the Trump brand, and money laundering through Trump golf courses, businesses and hotels. Putin, his cabal, his cronies, the corrupt, criminal, murdering, Human Rights-abusing Russian government, and/or associated Criminal States are who you go to for money when you’re in deep trouble, and who always come across because they’re going to put your father (or father-on-law, in the case of Kushner) into the White House.

If you’re a Trump (or a trusted Trump associate, servitor, or functionary, a criminal partner with Trump in felony fraud, like Felix Sater, a criminal government like-unto the Mafia, not recognized or traded with by many legitimate First World democracies and not admitted into the E.U. or Nato due to your international and domestic criminal activities, like Putin’s Russia), you are by definition not merely anti-social but a functioning sociopath. You are, as Donald Jr. amply demonstrates, cognitively disabled from seeing anything wrong with any of this.

Clambering over the corpse of the United States as a functioning democracy (already classified as a “flawed democracy,” since Trump’s election, according to international business standards), to reach the international credibility and prestige and all the trade deals and political influence you could ever possibly want pot-of-gold, every Trumpian criminal act is seen by the mafia-like dynastic clan as justified. Like the backwoods cannibals in ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,’ these sociopaths see the preservation of the patriarch as essential to preserving the family fortunes, and will heedlessly tramp over the rights or prospects of the ‘faceless hoards,’ whom they hold in contempt, but who actually comprise the sacred trust of POTUS.

Family dinner with the ailing patriarch at the head of the table in ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre,’ seen as a metaphor for the Trumps’ cannibalizing of America and American democratic process for the good of the clan.



I'm a writer/researcher/arts educator on Vancouver Island and all round global citizen who loves humans even though we're such a phenomenal pain-in-the-ass.

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Yvonne Owens, PhD

I'm a writer/researcher/arts educator on Vancouver Island and all round global citizen who loves humans even though we're such a phenomenal pain-in-the-ass.