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The greatest stories of Vanity Fair — How Gabby Giffords survived a bullet and outsmarted the NRA — Michael Cohen’s daughter reflect on his time with the president — How Jared Kushner let the markets determine America’s fate COVID-19 — Donald Trump becomes a full-throated dictator and votes to stay in office despite election results — How everyone is quietly collinating Trump’s pockets — As the election approaches, Trump Fears Fox News Is Going R

Donald Trump was in a familiar position in the early 2000s – down and out. The big – talking Real – Property Developer was once again on the verge of bankruptcy – his business losses becoming greater, his prospects looking bleak. However, soon the Luck would again intervene – this time in the form of reality TV series. His image as a brilliant, self-built business success has always been little more than a myth. But the tax records discovered by the New York Times show just how much of a mesmerizing that image is really. The apprentice was not a testament to his business acumen – it was a rescue boat that saved him from errors of his own choosing.

The Times had exploded evicted Trump on Tuesday with its latest dive into President Trump’s murky finances to more than $350 million by the end of 2002. A new project by Mark Burnett would alter his fortunes. The Apprentice would bring in a huge amount of money for the future president thanks to the success of the show and the product placement and endorsement deals that would come from it. The show for him also produced a new image more than that. Trump had been a tabloid wit for years. His star turn on prime time television did not exactly get him out of Page Six hell, but it did create the facade that would eventually help him win the White House: whatever absurd he may be with the braggadocio and the hair and the gold all was, surely there was a successful businessman behind it all.

In 2015, Trump was an interviewer in the early days of his unlikely campaign. “Never before was anyone more successful than me.”

That was always bunk, except on TV, with which he continues to enjoy a. But for Trump the appearance of success has always been as good as the actual thing. And that has defined his presidency: making more efforts to convince people that he is solving problems than to actually solve them. Necessary: the coronavirus pandemic, that he knew in February posed an enormous health threat but was not small-minded about the American people. For Trump, the Coronavirus is not a public health crisis — it’s a public relations problem he can handle with daily television appearances. Greta Van Susteren in an interview about Trump this month said: “We did a great job.” Unlike Public Relations, Trump’s career project was to blur the lines of where television ends and where reality begins.

He is profiting financially and politically from eroding that line between the fictional and the fact line. But the bill is always due. As the Times Sunday is threatening his overdrafts in the upcoming years—putting him under extraordinary financial pressure and at the mercy of his creditors — to catch up with Trump’s elusive taxes. As Democratic vice-president Kamala Harris pointed out on Tuesday in an interview with Lawrence O’Donnell, that makes him a significant national security risk. Who he owes the money to? Harris asked. We have to know that. The American people have a right to know that when the President of the United States acts he acts with their priorities in mind, not with his priorities in mind. ”

The Greatest Stories from Vanity Fair

— How Gabby Giffords survived a bullet and outsmarted the NRA — Michael Cohen & daughter reflect on his time with the President — How Jared Kushner Let the markets determine America’s COVID-19 fate — Donald Trump goes full-party dictator and votes to stay in office despite Election Results— How everyone is quietly collinating Trump’s pockets— As the Election Approaches, Trump Fears Fox News Is Going Rogue —

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