Carnes: Even Rudolph would be embarrassed 

You know Flynn and Navarro, Kushner and Cohen

Weisselberg, Stone, Manafort and Bannon,

But do you recall

The most famous grifter of all?

Donald, the brown-nose grifter…

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Wait, before you turn the page realize this is a pro-Republican, pro-Democrat, pro-Libertarian and most importantly pro-American column, not what a few of you have already stereotyped it to be (unless of course you assumed it would be an anti-MAGA column, in which case you’re spot on, Bubba).

The one thing those listed above is they have already been convicted and sent to jail, or are waiting to go to jail, or already out of jail or were pardoned by Da’ Boss before having to go to jail.

It is what’s known in reality as a “trend.”

Michael Cohen (Trump’s former fixer and right-hand man) already spent over a year in jail and 18 months in home confinement after being convicted of bank fraud, tax evasion and campaign finance violations.

Paul Manafort (Trump’s campaign manager) spent time in jail for federal tax evasion and conspiracy against the U.S., Michael Flynn (Trump’s national security adviser) for lying to investigators, Peter Navarro (Trump adviser) for contempt of Congress and Allen Weisselberg (Trump’s chief financial officer) first for a tax scheme and a second time for perjury.

He’s still there.

Charles Kushner (Trump’s son-in-law’s father) went to prison for tax evasion and campaign finance violations, but of course Trump gave him a full pardon, and he did the same for Steve Bannon (Trump White House adviser) after being convicted for his border wall scam (his partners were not so lucky and were convicted and sent to prison), but now Bannon gets his turn in the big house for refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena.

And we can’t forget George Papadopoulos (Trump campaign adviser) imprisoned for lying to investigators about Russian contacts, Rick Gates (Trump’s deputy campaign chairman) for conspiracy and lying to the FBI and Roger Stone (long-time Trump confidant), convicted, among other things, of obstructing the Russian investigation, but Trump commuted his sentence.

The point should be obvious, as the number of cronies for whatever reason loyal to Trump spending time in prison continues to grow, with even himself now on the verge of doing the same.

But as I’ve said before, I don’t believe he will ever spend a single night in the pokey, and for the sake of our nation’s international standing, I kind of hope he never does. Then again I all but guaranteed he would be acquitted a few weeks ago, but that could just be frustrated cynicism on my part.

Therefore, with so many connected to the man having to spend time in jail, I truly do not understand why a handful of you seem to go loco every time I mention his name, making all sorts of inane personal attacks, which are certainly entertaining but serve no real purpose.

Yet none — not one — ever attempts to defend Trump and his actions, and seem to completely ignore the growing conviction rate of those around him.

What are you people waiting for? Must I resort to more Christmas-themed ditties?

Richard Carnes, of Avon, writes weekly. He can be reached at poor@vail.net.

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