You would not believe how many criminals live or have lived in Trump Tower — Coincidence?

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It doesn’t take a genius to know that the company you keep generally says something about you. Wouldn’t you know, the same applies to the current President of the United States? It remains excruciating to put “Trump” and “President” in the same sentence over two years, 192 days, 21 hours, and 50 seconds into his term. Why? Because he’s demonstrated how he’s corrupt and unfit for office well before he was sworn in. Plus the company he keeps speaks volumes!

Let’s look at what one Twitter user gleaned about Trump Tower, a den of iniquity that brings to mind the quote:

“You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.”

Twitter user, Zeddy decided to create an epic Twitter thread to illustrate why this Star Wars quote comes to mind. The inspiration was the #Crimeinfested hashtag spawned by Trump’s ongoing racist tweets against Baltimore and one of the most respected members of Congress, Elijah Cummings.

First up in the Rogues’ gallery of Trump Tower denizens: Paul Manafort.

All Republicans are aware of this one. If not, they must be unconscious or averting their eyes.

“On the subject of #CrimeInfested. A thread.

Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman, owned and lived in a condo on 43rd floor of Trump Tower.

Currently in prison for money-laundering, bank fraud, tax fraud, witness tampering and conspiracy against the United States.”

We hardly need to verify this information but if so, here is a link from Vox. Knock yourself out.

Next in the lineup: Helly Nahmad

Now not many people have heard of this American art dealer and art collector, but here’s why he’s on the Zeddy list:

“Helly Nahmad. Owns the entire 51st floor of Trump Tower.”
This information checks out with the Observer, a news source connected to Jared Kushner.

Pleaded guilty and received 12-month prison sentence in 2014 for operating an illegal, multi-million $ gambling business out of Trump Tower. Case tied to notorious Russian mafia “boss of all bosses” Semion Mogilevich”

The Independent reported on Nahmad’s crimes in 2013:

“A high-flying New York art dealer has admitted to leading a multi-million-dollar international gambling ring in a case that also involves Russian mobsters and a Hollywood “Poker Princess” who set up games for movie stars like Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio.”

Next up: Vadim Trincher

“Vadim Trincher, former condo owner on 63rd floor of Trump Tower. Mastermind of Trump Tower gambling ring with Nahmad. 5 years in federal prison and $20 million in asset forfeiture for racketeering.”

This information can be found in the Independent.

“Professional poker player Vadim Trincher, who operated what prosecutors called “the world’s largest sports book” out of his $5m apartment in Trump Tower, headed up one ring that focused on oligarchs in Moscow and Kiev, while Nahmad, Vadim’s son Illya and a man named Noah “The Oracle” Siegel ran the other ring catering to multi-millionaires and billionaires in New York and Los Angeles.”

Next: Jean Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier

“Jean Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier. Haitian dictator, tied to death and torture of thousands of its citizens. Arrested upon return from exile and charged with embezzlement and human rights abuse.

Owned a condo at Trump Tower valued at $2.5 million.”

This information checks out with Snopes as true.

Next up: Felix Sater

“Felix Sater. Worked in an office out of the 24th floor of Trump Tower and a Trump Org employee. Lead negotiations for Trump Tower Moscow and Trump Soho.

15 months in prison for stabbing a man with a margarita glass. Also convicted in $40 million stock trading scheme.”

 Market Watch reported on this information in 2019.

“NEW YORK — A Soviet-born convicted felon who worked on real estate deals with President Donald Trump was accused in a lawsuit Monday of plotting to use Trump-branded skyscrapers to launder money allegedly stolen from a Kazakhstan

By now, most of us have heard of Felix Sater and know Trump denied knowing him very well. However, the Mueller report verified that Sater was well-known by Michael Cohen and the Trump’s as a pivotal figure organizing a Trump Tower Moscow project.

Next up: Michael Cohen

“Michael Cohen. Trump’s personal attorney, former Trump Org employee at Trump Tower and resident of Trump World Tower.

Currently in prison for tax evasion, bank fraud, lying to investigators and campaign finance violations tied to illegal hush money payments at direction of Trump”

Almost everybody, including all Republicans, know all about this, yet they still support Trump. Shameful. Incidentally, Cohen knows all about the price for associating with and defending Trump, doesn’t he?

In late July, Cohen watched Mueller’s testimony from a “packed common room of inmates a federal prison in New York.” His comment:

“Mr. Mueller today had the world stage to answer questions regarding obstruction of justice and witness tampering. Sadly, his reluctance just continues to leave the debate open and those responsible free from prosecution … for the moment,” he said. “The American people deserve more!”

Next up: Joseph Weichselbaum

“Joseph Weichselbaum. Trump’s personal chopper pilot in the 1980s. Upgraded from 32nd floor Trump Tower apartment to adjoining 49th floor condos while he was serving federal sentence for smuggling cocaine out of Colombia via Miami.

“The condos were paid for with all cash.”

Oh yes, this one was in the mainstream media as well. Slate reported on this in 2016. Check out what Senator Ted Cruz had to say about it back then:

“Over the weekend, Ted Cruz suggested that Donald Trump isn’t releasing his tax returns because they might include information about ‘business dealings with the mob.’ Said the Texas senator on Meet the Press:

‘There have been multiple media reports about Donald’s business dealings with the mob, with the Mafia. Maybe his taxes show those business dealings are a lot more extensive than has been reported. … ABC, CNN, multiple news reports have reported about his some dealings with, for example, S&A Construction, which was owned by ‘Fat Tony’ Salerno, who is a mobster who is in jail. It is owned by two of the major New York crime families. And that has been reported in multiple media outlets.'”

So by now, you get the point, but Zeddy isn’t finished yet. He continued to expose more rogues: Vyacheslav Ivankov, Anatoly Golubchik, Michael Sall, Steven Hoffenberg, Ernest Garcia II, Melvin Cooper, Sheldon Weinberg, Jose Maria Marin, Chuck Blazer, David Bogatin, and Robert Hopkins. This list goes on forever…

What do they all have in common: crime and Trump Tower. If you want to find out more, follow the Twitter thread and do your own research. As for Zeddy, he says:

“I could keep this up. I even limited myself to just one of his properties. I haven’t touched Epstein treating Mar a Lago as a hunting ground, or R Kelly holding women at Trump Tower in Chicago. Or Ivanka’s Baku escapades. Or the 6 other Trump advisors facing federal sentences rn.”

Dear Lord, we hope Republicans wake up and realize that they must stop supporting Trump. Every day, America has this man at the helm, and we haven’t even discussed Mitch McConnell and Republicans in Congress yet.

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