Теократический Монархист (ign) wrote,
Теократический Монархист



Майкл Коэн, бывший адвокат Трампа, в опубликованном предисловии к своей новой книге:

… The United States was being torn apart, its political and cultural and mental well-being threatened by a clear and present danger named Donald Trump, and I had played a central role in creating this new reality. To half of Americans, it seemed like Trump was effectively a Russian-controlled fraud who had lied and cheated his way to the White House; to the other half of Americans, to Trump’s supporters, the entire Russian scandal was a witch hunt invented by Democrats still unable to accept the fact that Hillary Clinton had lost fair and square in the most surprising upset in the history of American presidential elections.

Both sides were wrong. I knew that the reality was much more complicated and dangerous. Trump had colluded with the Russians, but not in the sophisticated ways imagined by his detractors. I also knew that the Mueller investigation was not a witch-hunt. Trump had cheated in the election, with Russian connivance, as you will discover in these pages, because doing anything—and I mean anything—to “win” has always been his business model and way of life….


Apart from his wife and children, I knew Trump better than anyone else did. In some ways, I knew him better than even his family did because I bore witness to the real man, in strip clubs, shady business meetings, and in the unguarded moments when he revealed who he really was: a cheat, a liar, a fraud, a bully, a racist, a predator, a con man.

… it’s only by actually understanding my decisions and actions that you can get inside Trump’s mind and understand his worldview. As anyone in law enforcement will tell you, it’s only gangsters who can reveal the secrets of organized crime. If you want to know how the mob really works, you’ve got to talk to the bad guys. I was one of Trump’s bad guys.


“Mr. Trump is an enigma,” I testified to the committee. “He is complicated, as am I. He does both good and bad, as do we all. But the bad far outweighs the good, and since taking office, he has become the worst version of himself. He is capable of behaving kindly, but he is not kind. He is capable of committing acts of generosity, but he is not generous. He is capable of being loyal, but he is fundamentally disloyal.”


… As the months passed by and I thought about the man I knew so well, I became even more convinced that Trump will never leave office peacefully […] He projects his own sins and crimes onto others, partly to distract and confuse but mostly because he thinks everyone is as corrupt and shameless and ruthless as he is.

Нужны ли ещё к этому какие-то комментарии?

Две вещи хочу отметить.

Во-первых, я понимаю, что идейные трамписты будут убеждать других и даже в первую очередь самих себя, что всё это враньё и Коэну нельзя доверять, он уже получил срок за враньё Конгрессу, что он куплен Хиллари Клинтон и Соросом, ну и всё такое прочее. Я им сочувствую, если честно. Очень, очень немалые усилия нужны, чтобы доказать — даже самому себе — что такое можно написать просто по заказу безо всякой связи с реальностью.

Во-вторых, это будет первая книга про Трампа, которую я собираюсь купить и прочесть. Причина проста: меня не очень интересует Трамп как Президент; во-первых, я надеюсь, он им скоро быть перестанет, и во-вторых, в любом случае, с Трампом-Президентом уже давно всё ясно.

Меня также не очень интересует Трамп как личность и как шоумен: я понимаю, что не бывает только дурных и только хороших людей, любой человек сложно устроен, и у Трампа как личности можно найти какие-то симпатичные черты. Об этом пишет и Коэн: “He does both good and bad, as do we all.”

Самой для меня интересной в этом отрывке является фраза “it’s only gangsters who can reveal the secrets of organized crime”. Мне интересно было бы узнать не столько лично про Трампа, но скорее как устроен тот мир вокруг него, который во многом и сделал его Трампом, как мы его сегодня знаем; как устроен тот самый “organized crime”. Неожиданное избрание Трампа приоткрыло нам крошечный глазок в этот мир, о котором мы раньше мало что знали, и я надеюсь, что книга Коэна окажется в изучении этого мира не лишней.

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