- Ruth ben-Ghiat stated Trump deliberate to show his presidency right into a vessel for making a revenue
- The Home Choose Committee lately revealed Trump raised hundreds of thousands to fund authorized charges to overturn the 2020 election
- The cash was allegedly used to fund a number of pro-Trump organizations
Donald Trump’s plan as president was to make a revenue off of the general public workplace, an knowledgeable on fascism stated.
Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a historian at New York College and an knowledgeable on fascism, stated Trump deliberate to make cash for himself as the pinnacle of state, including that his ambitions have been distinctive when in comparison with the targets of his predecessors.
“Trump’s goals as president have been completely totally different from another president, Republican or Democrat,” Ben-Ghiat stated in an interview with the Enterprise Insider. “His goals have been autocratic in that he wished to show public workplace right into a vessel of creating wealth for himself — to have personal revenue off of public workplace.”
The Home Choose Committee investigating the occasions that led to the Capitol riot on Monday launched a taped interview the place it was revealed that the Trump marketing campaign raised $250 million for the Election Protection Fund, which was presupposed to pay for authorized charges to overturn the 2020 election outcomes.
Nevertheless, the donations have been by no means used to fund courtroom battles. As a substitute, a lot of the funding went to the Save America PAC and a number of other pro-Trump organizations headed by the previous president’s allies. Panel member Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-CA, additionally stated at the least $60,000 was paid to Kimberley Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr.’s fiancée, after she gave a two-and-a-half minute speech on the Jan. 6 Trump rally.
“He was extraordinarily disciplined in grifting and in making an attempt to make use of the presidency to make cash,” Ben-Ghiat added.
She additionally stated it was no shock that Trump managed to get hundreds of thousands from small-level donors and followers to donate to the Election Protection Fund. Autocrats are usually “very beloved” by their supporters, and Trump was no totally different.
“However they despise their followers and so they use them. And that is the place him grifting off of his followers — as a result of he isn’t grifting off of Democrats, he is grifting off of his followers, he is bilking his personal followers.”
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