Aside from the fact that both were born in New York City, Al Capone and Donald Trump have both displayed a number of disquieting personality traits and historical touchpoints…
|A narcissist, Capone reveled in the attention of the public at large. He was particularly fond of basking in the adulation of fans when he appeared at ball games. Capone was renowned for making donations to various charities which led to his being thought of as a sort of “modern-day Robin Hood”. His donations were actually carried out a public relations moves.
|A narcissist and attention-seeker who demands fealty, Trump is particularly fond of requiring loyalty from powerful members of the military and Republican Party hacks of various capacities. Renowned for making “donations” to charities – many of which exist in name only or never see a dime from his coffers – Trump is thought of as a sort of Self-made man by people who get their information from Breitbart and Facebook silos.
|Capone began showing symptoms of syphilitic dementia late in life.
“I’m a kind person, I’m kind to everyone, but if you are unkind to me, then kindness is not what you’ll remember me for…”
|John Montgomery, a New York City psychologist and adjunct professor at New York University, puts it thusly:
“It’s hard to say definitively without rigorous testing, but I think it’s pretty safe to say that Trump has had significant cognitive decline over the years.”
“Get even with people. If they screw you, screw them back 10 times as hard. I really believe it.”
| “I am just a businessman, giving the people what they want.”
“All I do is satisfy a public demand.”
Capone’s criminal enterprises, including gambling proceeds and real estate transactions, pulled in as much as $100 million annually.
|“I’m much smarter than them. I think I have a much higher IQ. I think I went to a better college — better everything.”
“One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace, good people don’t go into government.”
Many people say Trump’s enterprises, including gambling proceeds, real estate transactions, branding schemes and television appearances, haul in many, many ‘bigly’ dollars annually.
|Capone’s lawyers sought to force him to take care of his shady tax position with the government at various stages. Indeed, at one point his counsel offered that his client was willing to pay taxes on income up to $100,000 for a couple of years worth of his thievery. Capone was ultimately charged and convicted of income tax evasion.
|Trump’s lawyers have sought to force him to take care of his shady tax positions, and most of that effort came about as part of his preparations to fight the lawsuits filed against him related to “Trump University”. He has yet to reveal the contents of his returns in a move which flouts conventional practice for a sitting President*. Trump will ultimately be charged, tried and convicted for income tax evasion.
|Capone spent a great deal of his time engaged in leisure activities at the Palm Island, Florida, mansion he purchased in 1928.
|Trump spends a great deal of his time engaged in leisure activities – such as golf – at the Palm Beach, Florida, mansion he purchased in 1985.
“A big house is on one acre. I have 24. It’s the great estate of Palm Beach.”