There is no way to discribe the horrible “major announcement” that Donald J. Trump, a former President, made this past week. If it had been a Saturday Night Live skit, I thimk it would’ve been more believable. Last month, he announces his third Presidential bid. Even though was impeached twice, something no President has ever been, he wanted to return to the job. This is either to con more people out of money or he’s under the belief that by just running for office will free him of any criminal repurcussions.
And his major announcement on Dec. 15 was so outrageous, I’m sure people wondered if it had been a deep fake at first. But no, it’s the real deal. Trump has been mostly silent since his announcement. It could be that he has stayed mostly hidden after the November elections, his star is not only fading, it’s crashing. But to come out and say that he is selling digital trading cards, NFT (non-fungible tokens), at $99 a piece, is something I don’t think even the most experienced political stragetists could’ve have predicted.
If you’ve ever seen the movie Undercover Brother with Eddie Griffin, Billy Dee Williams plays a very highly decorated military general who people suspect will make an announcement to run for political office. Instead, he surprises everyone by saying he’s going to open his own franchise of fried chicken restaurants. This is what Trump’s announcment reminds me of. The announcement seemed like the worst infomercial I had ever seen and infomercials have actors who don’t know how to do basic motor skills like put their seat belt on or stir a pot of stew.
It’s probably no surprise that they were sold out within 24 hours. I still don’t have any idea what a NFT is but when I hear digital, I know that it doesn’t mean tangible. Trump apparently doesn’t know either because he said they would make great stocking stuffers. Saw what you will about Mike Lindell, but he definitely knows everything there is to know about his MyPillows. Trump read a script lke he had seen it for the first time and was surprised that he was going to have to have dinner with whatever dumb schmuck bastard was chosen to have dinner with him.
These NFTs looked so bad it was almost comical as him as a superhero, an astronaurt with aviator sunglasses, a wild game hunter or something and other things. Trump has been selling crap like this his whole life. And there were reportedly 45,000 of them sold at $99 will fetch him a few million dollars. This announcement comes during the same week Sam Bankman-Fried was arrested for his role in the FTX cryptocurrency scandal. To say, it wasn’t the perfect timing is an understatement. I would say Trump didn’t read the room but he doesn’t read at all, so he doesn’t know.
I’m just going to say this right now. I don’t understand cryptocurrency and NFT so I don’t purchase anything I don’t understand. To me, cryptocurrency and bitcoin always seemed like a scam, spending money on something that isn’t really money but can supposedly be used elsewhere. This sounds like the “fun money” amusement parks try to push on you saying it will be accepted at vendors, until you realize some vendors don’t accept it. It’s really nothing more than digital Monopoly money. And its value is about the same.
Bankman-Fried, Trump and others like Elizabeth Holmes play on many investors’ FOMO (fear of missing out.) It’s the same reason people will pump huge amounts of money into casino slots and lottery tickets. If they don’t play, they can’t win. That’s what they’re told. But winning is based on chance and luck. There’s no such thing as a sure thing. Some of the best ball teams are easily elimianted during the early rounds of a playoff and those with more losses often get higher up and even win the championship.
The announcement by Trump also comes around the same time Special Counsel John L. “Jack” Smith will subpoana people for a grand jury probe into the Jan. 6 insurrection coup attempt. At this point, it’s pretty evident Trump’s collecting as much money as he can before a judgde puts a freeze on his bank accounts. The NFTs could’ve been rushed into production after the November elections but I’m guessing Trump had this as a back-up plan ready to go for some time now. Will some of the proceeds go to pay that $1.62 million lawsuit judgment against the Trump Organization?
This whole family is nothing but a bunch of con artists. They’ve duped people for so long, it’s a wonder if some of his supporters still have money. And while he may have made a fortune off this, it just really looks like an act of desparation. How could we (speaking as those who praised him in the 1980s and 1990s) think he was a good businressman? He’s a grifter in a suit. He’s a scammer and a charlatan. If you were walking along the street and noticed a quarter on the ground and leaned to pick it up, Trump would be the person to walk up right behind you and snatch it out of your hand saying that fell out of their pocket and they’ve been looking for it.
I hope you people enjoy those NFTs because you’re paying for Trump’s legal fees or judgements. You’re also padding his wallet and secret bank accounts for the day he ditches all of you and goes to a non-extraditionary country. Trumpty-Dumpty has fallen from grace. The good news for him was it wasn’t too long a fall because there has been nothing graceful about him to begin with.
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