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The 5 People Who Could Have Stopped Trump Why they didn't holds a lesson for lawmakers today.

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'In the spring and summer of 1991, a handful of state watchdogs in Atlantic City, NJ considered whether to put an end to Donald Trump. The members of the Casino Control Commission, had to determine whether Trump was sufficiently “financially stable” to merit renewals of his licenses to own and operate his three casinos in the perpetually ground-down regional gaming capital. The stakes hardly could have been higher. “There are significant differences  between then and now, because they  had options that the Congress doesn’t have, but  regulators today have a more black-and-white situation. They have to decide whether conduct does or does not constitute an impeachable standard. They’re going to say yes or they’re going to say no. They can’t say maybe.” 

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..."the broad-brush parallels being what they are, I asked people who know Trump and know Atlantic City if they had any advice for Republicans currently in Congress.

"What they should be thinking about, in my opinion, is that if they think they've seen the worst, they're wrong. This behavior, so to speak, this outrageousness, whatever you want to call it, this lack of loyalty, is going to escalate."

"What you could say is, and which is true in Atlantic City, is you gave him a break, and all he cared about was himself. In the end, you could give him a break, if you're a Republican, but he will do you in."

"Anyone who thinks that Donald Trump is important to their long-term viability is either not very bright or kidding themselves. "He never shows any gratitude for the people who cut him slack. He just blames things on them."

The lesson, then, from 1991?

"That if they tether their future to Donald Trump in the belief that without him they won't have a bright or successful future," he said, "they might as well just step right off the cliff with him."

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