Long before Trump decided to run for President, expert analysts were revealing the sham and fraud behind his wildly exaggerated claims of business prowess:

June 2016: "How Donald Trump Bankrupted His Atlantic City Casinos, but Still Earned Millions"


There is "little doubt that Mr. Trump’s casino business was a protracted failure...he was failing in Atlantic City long before Atlantic City itself was failing."

"But even as his companies did poorly, Mr. Trump did well. He put up little of his own money, shifted personal debts to the casinos and collected millions of dollars in salary, bonuses and other payments. The burden of his failures fell on investors and others who had bet on his business acumen."

September 2023: New York judge rules Trump committed fraud and lied about his net worth for years


According to the ruling..."Trump lied to banks and insurers by both overvaluing and undervaluing his assets when it was to his benefit while exaggerating his net worth to the tune of billions of dollars."

"Trump continually lied on his financial statements and was able to get favorable loan terms and lower insurance premiums as a result. Trump's legal arguments defending the statements are based in 'a fantasy world, not the real world.' "


"the story of Donald Trump’s New Jersey casino empire, a venture ending in multiple bankruptcies that was a disaster for outside investors but appears to have been quite profitable for Trump."

"What’s remarkable about the judge’s finding that Trump committed large-scale what it says about the man who became president and the voters who supported him."

"Trump's supporters will probably brush this ruling off, partly because they’ll view it as the product of a left-wing conspiracy, partly because at this late date, few of those who backed him will be willing to admit that they were taken in by a charlatan. But they were."

"And the fact that so many Americans (i.e., Republicans) were and remain fooled should lead to some serious national soul-searching."

The Republican Party, in total disarray and unable to govern, has decided to wreck the economy and inflict pain on millions of Americans rather than admit its fecklessness by shutting down the U.S. Government. Republicans once more turn to lies to attempt to justify this leap into anarchy. Their lies about the shutdown equal the Big Lies they have told to defend Trump's false allegations that massive fraud in 2020 allowed the Democrats to steal the election.

A fact-based analysis has revealed how the disconnect between the GOP political rhetoric and the reality of the budget math underscores how the whole Republican argument for shutting down the Government is a sham and a fraud:

What’s driving a possible shutdown? A fraction of the federal budget.