Lauren Boebert (R-CO) has learned from the death of Bernie Madoff about Ponzi schemes, because QAnon surely couldn’t be a cult of personality or a grift used by criminals in charge. Because the previous guy still says “the best is yet to come”, having killed hundreds of thousands, we also know he couldn’t be smart enough to be a fellow traveler in at least one form of Marxism. Instead, he used the bankruptcy laws, bribes, and defamation counter-suits to avoid Ponzi prosecution for schemes like Trump University. Then there’s the Big Lie that keeps on giving.
The Ponzi schemer, trade secrets thief and others pardoned by Trump
Donald Trump's eleventh-hour pardons in virtually his last act as president included the man behind a $300 million Ponzi scheme whom one of his 1,400 victims once described in court documents as a “scumbag.” Also on the list: a former Google executive convicted of stealing trade secrets, a real estate developer charged in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal, and a Las Vegas gambler imprisoned for his role in an insider-trading scandal.
In all, Trump pardoned 73 people and commuted the sentences of 70 others, including his former political strategist, Steve Bannon. Rumors had circulated that the “Tiger King” documentary star Joe Exotic would be pardoned. He wasn't. But among those receiving presidential mercy were people convicted of various financial and other white-collar crimes, including three found guilty of defrauding investors in real estate deals.