Wednesday, April 11, 2018


In fictional romanticized representations* of hierarchical crime organizations (you know, the mafia), loyalty goes up but not entirely. It's your neck before the boss's, but there's still some sense that it is family. Take care of the boss and you will be taken care of or, if you can sadly no longer be around, your family will be. Loyalty is rewarded, at least, and not simply with a monthly retainer.

Trump is a man who clearly prizes loyalty, but has no respect for his lickspittles and no sense of obligation towards them. And, other than the paycheck, they doubtfully feel any towards him. Clean, cold, cost/benefit analysis. What else would businessman Trump endorse?

"I am unhappy to have my personal residence and office raided. But I will tell you that members of the FBI that conducted the search and seizure were all extremely professional, courteous and respectful. And I thanked them at the conclusion," Cohen said in a phone conversation on Tuesday with CNN.
Asked if he was worried, Cohen said; "I would be lying to you if I told that I am not. Do I need this in my life? No. Do I want to be involved in this? No."


He said that he is very loyal to Trump but after what happened on Monday, he'd rethink how he handled the payments to Daniels because of the impact on his family.
"Very." "Loyal."

*I'm not saying this is anything works in reality, but such fictions have had a great influence on our culture.