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Why Does Trump Survive Scandals? Because Scandals Are Part of His Appeal

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You see, unlike Bernie Sanders, who approached money in politics as an outside reformer, Trump approaches the issue as an insider, as someone who actively participates in the kind of wheel-greasing that's turned our republic into the best democracy money can buy.

He's even gone so far as to crack jokes about how much he loves bribing people.

This is a weird strategy, but it makes sense from a certain point of view.

By admitting his own corruption, Trump makes himself out to be the only honest guy in the room.

He's trying to point our that the emperor has no clothes by taking off all his clothes himself.

This is why the Bondi story hasn't hurt Trump as much as it would hurt another candidate -- it just proves his point that the system is corrupt.

But can someone like Trump actually FIX our broken political system?

That's the real question, and the answer is no, he can't.

Trump might be "honest" in his own grotesque sort of way about pay-to-play politics in the US, but that kind of honesty doesn't translate into good governance.

Quite the opposite, actually.

Trump is someone who's made billions by hustles and bribes, and he's not going to suddenly change once he becomes president.

He'll still be the same privileged bully he's always been.

If he brings his corrupt deal-making skills to the White House, expect him and his buddies to get rich and US workers to get the shaft.

That's the way it's always been with Trump the businessman; it's the way it'll be with Trump the politician.

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Thom Hartmann is a Project Censored Award-winning New York Times best-selling author, and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk program on the Air America Radio Network, live noon-3 PM ET. His most recent books are "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights," "We The People," "What Would Jefferson Do?," "Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle (more...)

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