Businessman, author and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich took to Facebook recently to describe his encounter with a Donald Trump supporter. It sounds like the conversation did not end well for the Trump fan.
Reich’s post destroys the notion that has seemingly taken root among a lot of Americans. Trump fans assume he will be a good president because he is a “successful businessman”. Well, Robert Reich just shut that notion down, fast.
You can see Reich’s post below…
“I finally found a Trump supporter — this morning when I went to buy coffee. (I noticed a Trump bumper sticker on his car.)
“Hi,” I said. “Noticed your Trump bumper sticker.”
“Yup,” he said, a bit defensively.
“I hope you don’t mind my asking, but I’m curious. Why are you supporting him?”
“I know he’s a little bit much,” said the Trump supporter. “But he’s a successful businessman. And we need a successful businessman as president.”
“How do you know he’s a successful businessman?” I asked.
“Because he’s made a fortune.”
“Has he really?” I asked.
“Of course. Forbes magazine says he’s worth four and a half billion.”
“That doesn’t mean he’s been a success,” I said.
“In my book it does,” said the Trump supporter.
“You know, in 1976, when Trump was just starting his career, he said he was worth about $200 million,” I said. “Most of that was from his father.”
“That just proves my point,” said the Trump supporter. “He turned that $200 million into four and a half billion. Brilliant man.”
“But if he had just put that $200 million into an index fund and reinvested the dividends, he’d be worth twelve billion today,” I said.
The Trump supporter went silent.
“And he got about $850 million in tax subsidies, just in New York alone,” I said.
“He’s not a businessman,” I said. “He’s a con man. “Hope you enjoy your coffee.”
Even if Donald Trump were a good businessman (he’s not), that isn’t even close to qualifying someone for the office of President. Trump lacks both knowledge and experience in policy, both domestic and foreign. He’s nothing more than a con-man, who conned his way to the White House.