Opinion: Trump is selling himself. Readers say the L.A. Times shouldn’t help. L.A. Times Opinion: Trump is selling himself.
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It will take another day, but Donald Trump will soon announce his picks to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia’s unexpected death.
While the White House has not named the finalists yet, there is an outside chance they will be announced on Tuesday and that could mean Trump will be leaving behind a court filled with five conservative justices in favor of a court led by Justices Anthony Kennedy, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Trump has said he intends to nominate Justices John Roberts from Texas and Neil Gorsuch from Colorado.
Or perhaps, he’ll go with the so-called “New Federalist Society” — Justice Antonin Scalia’s court — at which he has previously said he would be a moderate and, in fact, has argued for states’ rights on the court for more than 25 years.
Trump has often described himself as a “deal-maker.” In fact, he built his political career on promises of a big win in a deal, and he has used this approach to propel his businesses into some of the most lucrative ventures in the world.
In the past week alone, Trump has sold his companies to American Airlines for $3 billion, announced plans to build a luxury golf resort in Scotland, and pledged a series of jobs for construction and manufacturing jobs in Michigan.
Trump has said he sold his companies to allow for greater leverage and to protect against lawsuits. In Trump University, Trump promised to pay students to come to his meetings and then tell Trump’s audience about the value of the program. And he bragged that he made more money from selling two companies — Trump Hotels, which he sold to the Hilton group, and Trump Entertainment Resorts, for which he signed a contract with the Las Vegas-based MGM Mirage — than he made in all of his real estate projects combined.
Trump is selling himself!
Why, it would seem, would such a smart businessman as Trump be willing to sell his most prized asset — his ego and his brand — in an effort to get ahead?
Trump is selling something. He’s selling his business acumen, his knowledge