More vitriol was on display on Thursday night when front-runner for the Republican party ahead of the presidential campaign, Donald Trump gave his views on Washington Post and Amazon.
In a show hosted by Sean Hannity, the universally divisive Trump said that Washington Post is over scrutinizing his presidential campaign and went on to state that work done by the news paper is a small part of a huge conspiracy that would help Amazon avoid sales taxes. Not mincing on his words, Trump went on to say that he will exact revenge on the ecommerce giant if he becomes president.
Trump was clearly irked by the manner in which reporters from the Washington Post have been scrutinizing everything related to his life and stated that Jeff Bezos who controls both Amazon and Washington Post, uses the newspaper as his personal toy.
Trump says that Amazon gets away with the tax issues because of Washington Post and even said that Bezos is worried about him since he is the only person who can put a stop to Amazon’s shady tax affairs.
Trump maintains that stories covered by reporters of the newspaper have done little to no research before adding that everything written is completely wrong.
“I just heard, they’re taking these really bad stories, I mean they’re wrong, I wouldn’t even say bad, they’re wrong and in many cases they have no proper information and they’re putting them together, they’re slopping them together and they’re going to do a book and the book is going to be all false stuff up because the stories are so wrong and the reporters, I mean one after another. So what they’re doing is — he’s using that as a political instrument to try and stop antitrust; which he thinks I believe he’s antitrust, another word’s what he’s got it’s a monopoly and he wants to make sure I don’t get in.”
Although Trump has once again went all the way to dressing down another influential figure publicly, truth of the matter is that for the past few years, Jeff Bezos has been controlling the Washington Post with the entrepreneur paying a very nominal amount for the newspaper considering the vast fortune he has made by running one of the biggest technology companies in the world.
However, one cannot blame Bezos for using the Post for his own advantage. When he took over, Bezos did not go for a complete overhaul and the proof of this is that the paper’s top editor and the editorial page editor and the main columnists are still the same people who were working before the takeover.
Another thing that should be brought into light is that the dark link between Amazon and taxes is nonexistent to say the least.
State governments have changed laws in recent years and now 25 states that account for 77% of the American population, make Amazon collect taxes whereas the remaining states have no sales tax.
All in all, Trump’s recent rant clearly means that a vindictive president is not what we call a safe bet.