It seems that Donald Trump’s long tally of shady business “deals” along the worst corridors of American society has left him with a coterie of close, ignominious associates, who he consults with on a regular basis, asking for advice on how to do his job as president.
Trump, who regularly shows stunningly bad decision-making abilities, is trying to do a job he was underqualified and unprepared to assume, so it’s understandable that he will call his most trusted mentor for advice on how to handle the difficult task of being president.
Well, on Friday, Politico revealed one special person advising Donald Trump behind the scenes: his longtime friend, boxing promoter, and murderer, Don King.
“I call my connection to him, if I want to get a meeting or whatever it is,” King told Politico. “I can talk to him every day through his assistant. And if it’s something that’s got to be of urgency, I can get him,” said King.
The fact that a man who has infamously made a career out of scamming history’s greatest boxers is now advising the most powerful man in the world is a good indicator of how much value Trump places on moral behavior.
Mike Tyson once said of King: “He’s a bad man. He would kill his mother for a dollar.” King does indeed have a taste for human blood and has killed at least two people and served time for one of them.
King influences even how Trump processes his major scandals. After firing disgraced National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, the president asked King for his thoughts on the debacle.
“He wanted to get my estimation of what’s going on. He said, ‘What you think about me firing Flynn?’ I said, ‘With all due respect, Mr. President, Flynn fired himself,” King said, according to Politico.
King has also been watering the paranoia that infests Trump’s troubled mind. He’s tried to convince the president that he is a “transformative, revolutionary figure” and as such is at risk for assassination.
“Before he got elected … I told Trump that they got Kennedy in a limousine in Texas. They got Malcolm X in a ballroom in New York. They got Robert Kennedy in a kitchen in L.A. They got Martin Luther King on a hotel balcony in Memphis,” King said. “I told him all these things, I laid it out. Because when you’re a revolutionary like Trump, you got to think about the Kennedy solution. … I worry about that … and I told him that.”
When Politico asked what kind of boxer Trump would have been, King gave a surprising answer, “He’d be Muhammad Ali. … because he’s going to win. He’s going to run his mouth, he’s going to talk a lot and he’s going to win. And you ain’t going to know which way he’s going. … You had the Louisville Lip, he’d be the New York Lip.” Ironically, King was sued by Ali after failing to pay him over a million dollars.