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Yes, criminals tend to be stupid, but they also tend to be desperate.

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Criminals are often dumb.

Let’s be clear. No one with Trump’s financial history and criminal exposure would have ever put himself under this level of scrutiny if he had a brain in his head.

I don’t know… it seems like there is a fair amount of reporting to suggest that Trump and his family of crooks really didn’t think they were going to win.

My guess is that for Trump, running for the White House was a scheme to generate publicity and cash to help prop up his ever-failing business and brand.

Unfortunately for him (and for the rest of us!), he won.