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Donald Trump, American Oligarch

This past summer, when Donald Trump dumped his campaign manager Paul Manafort in the midst of revelations about Manfort’s financial ties to Russian oligarchs, Anne Applebaum, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post, wrote that the real problem wasn’t that Trump is sympathetic to Russian oligarchs, it was that “he is a Russian oligarch.” Trump, Applebaum explained, is “an oligarch in the Russian style—a rich man who aspires to combine business with politics and has an entirely cynical and instrumental attitude toward both.
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