Movie scenario: Son of ruthless billionaire secretly loathes his father and seeks revenge. His ‘change of heart’ allows him to become his father’s most-trusted aide while he gathers evidence to destroy him. A film of suspense.
We’re talking about Donald John Trump, Jr., of course, and this scenario could come to pass. It’s completely up to Don Jr., whose life is now in his own hands. If he hasn’t already, he should consider whether his father’s love and loyalty is more than empty words. Making his own “arrangements” with authorities may not only keep him out of jail, but turn him into a national hero rather than the doltish clown many now make him to be.
[Details of Donald J. Trump, Jr.’s early years are from Donald Trump, Jr.: the unapologetic son who courts controversy, by Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times, July 12, 2017]
Born December 31, 1977, Donald J. Trump Jr. was only twelve when his father, with great fanfare, dumped his mother, Ivana, for part-time model and sometime actress Marla Maples. Young Trump Jr. was incensed. “You don’t love us! You don’t even love yourself. You just love your money!” he shouted at his father. [Vanity Fair, September 1990] For a year he refused to speak to his father, hanging the phone up on him when called. Trump – in his typically sensitive and caring manner – dealt with this by packing him and his siblings off to boarding school and out of his sight.
“You don’t love us! You don’t even love yourself. You just love your money!” — Donald Jr., age 12
In college Trump Jr. reportedly spent most of his time wasted, according to former classmate, Scott Melker. In a Facebook posting, Melker said Trump Jr. was frequently drunk, falling down, passed out in public, urinating while asleep in other people’s beds. “He absolutely despised his father, and hated the attention that his last name afforded him.”
I walked out of the room to find Donald Trump at his son’s door, there to pick him up for a baseball game. There were quite a few students standing around watching, trying to catch a glimpse of the famed real estate magnate. Don Jr. opened the door, wearing a Yankee jersey. Without saying a word, his father slapped him across the face, knocking him to the floor in front of all of his classmates. He simply said “put on a suit and meet me outside,” and closed the door. —–Scott Melker, Facebook
Trump Jr. clearly was severely emotionally damaged by his father with excellent reasons to despise him, but had not yet thought of a way to get revenge beyond punishing his father by destroying his own life.
After college, Trump Jr. moved to Colorado, lived out of the back of a truck and bartended part time. He resumed his passion of hunting and fishing, activities he had shared with his maternal Czech grandfather and father-substitute, Milos Zelnicek. In 2001 he was arrested for public drunkenness in New Orleans during Mardi Gras.
Sometime after this, Trump Jr. evidently made a resolution: Slowly killing himself because he hated his father was not a viable option.
He joined his father’s business. By 2005 he was married. Five children followed. He rapidly rose within the Trump Organization to become executive vice-president. He became involved in dealings with Russian business people and by 2008 he had made six trips to Russia to drum up business. A great deal of Trump Organization profit now flows from the numerous transactions Trump has had with the Russians. [HostKey West: Trump’s Miami Red Square, by Jay McKenzie, Patribiotics.com]
Donald Jr. was now an essential element in his father’s empire. Considering the failure and bankruptcy rate of Trump’s casinos and other real estate properties and entrepreneurial endeavors, it may well be Trump Jr.’s activities that kept the whole Trump enterprise afloat. Yet he chafed at his father’s persistently behaving as if he were a contestant on The Apprentice.
In my father’s own words, he would fire us like dogs. — Trump Jr., 2006 Associated Press interview.
Trump Jr. was his father’s primary liaison with wealthy Russians seeking safe havens for their mountains of money. Who would be more likely to be asked to act as intermediary for Russian information – information both helpful to his father’s presidential campaign and potentially damning to his father. Trump Jr. likely has a great deal of information on many of Trump’s shadier deals, Russian and otherwise.
This is where the movie scenario kicks in. Sometime around 2001-04, Trump Jr. wakes up from yet another drunken binge and a light goes on inside his head. “I’m killing myself with booze because I what I really want to do is kill that sonofabitch, and until just now, I couldn’t think of how to do it. I’ll get that bastard and hit him where it hurts. He’s always bragging about hitting people ten times harder than people hit him. He’s gonna find out what that feels like, and when I’ve knocked him to his knees, I’m gonna laugh while I piss on him.”
Now is the time for Trump Jr. to go well beyond the transparency of outing his own incriminating Russian email sequence. Mole-time is over. Bring out all the rest of it. Get the boxes of documents over to the FBI. Bring the old man down.
Even if this scenario is complete fiction, even if Trump Jr. has not been sandbagging his card hand for the past fifteen years, even if he did not tunnel his way into the heart of the Trump Organization with the intention of outing his father as a malignant scumbag, he should take up this lifeline and pretend that this is exactly what he’s pulled off.
If he does, several things – all beneficial to Trump Jr. – would result.
- He would immediately become the knight-on-a-white-horse hero of the politically-middle-to-left majority of the country who despise his father and want him gone.
- For the many who pulled most of their brains out through their nostrils in order to worship Trump as their savior, the revelations could bring them to their senses. “By God, the emperor really does have no clothes! We were duped, cheated, stiffed, short-changed, bamboozled, fooled. We bought a pig in a poke from a psychopathic con man.” It happens to us all, sooner or later. Fools – and we are all fools at times – and their money are soon parted. Live and learn. Move on.
- Trump Jr. could easily get complete immunity for any and all crimes in which he may have been involved. He was, after all and for all practical purposes, running a long-term undercover operation.
- He would – after his father was impeached from office and frog-marched off to jail, whichever came first – likely inherit whatever remained of the legitimate portion of his father’s holdings. Assuming – of course – that there is any legitimate portion. He could become far more wealthy than he already is.
- His reputation – now abysmal and still spiraling downward – would be completely recovered. Lauded, admired, cheered everywhere – except perhaps in Russia – with speaking engagements and book deals. The movie scenario is already sketched out here. He could probably win election to high office on his own merits.
Unlikely? Ridiculous? Consider Game of Thrones. Who didn’t cheer when Tyrion Lannister – on metaphorical trial his entire life for the unspeakable crime of being a dwarf – takes his fate into his own hands, takes his revenge on his vicious father Tywin, and unloads his crossbow into the old man’s belly.
Just so it would go for Donald J. Trump, Jr.
On the one hand – loyalty to a man who has treated you like garbage all your life, humiliation, financial ruin and jail.
On the other hand – fame, fortune, honor, redemption.
If Trump Jr. is smarter than most people currently think he is, there is no choice. And the denouement would be wonderful and righteous and cheered — the grandiose con-man outconned by the son he unjustly despised.