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Trump Is ‘Obsessed’ With Amazon Because He Wants to Crush a Washington Post

President Donald Trump in a East Room of a White House, Thursday, Mar 22, 2018.

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President Trump is dynamic to find some approach to harm Amazon, reports Jonathan Swan. “He’s spooky with Amazon,” a source tells him. “Obsessed.” Swan sum a mercantile arguments that Trump has rehearsed with a many people who have been unprotected to his arguments opposite Amazon. Trump is reportedly “worried about mom-and-pop retailers being put out of business,” and believes “Amazon is murdering selling malls and brick-and-mortar retailers” and “has gotten a giveaway float from taxpayers and cushy diagnosis from a U.S. Postal Service.”

Well, sure, Trump substantially believes those things, and some of them are even true. (Not a Post Office part, that Swan explains is a fabrication Trump clings to notwithstanding it carrying been explained to him, though a brick-and-mortar part.) But Trump doesn’t loathing Amazon since of some old-economy “fixation with 1950s life,” as a story posits. Amazon is a opening for his loathing of a Washington Post.

In theory, Trump competence have grown an mercantile speculation that Amazon is inappropriately benefitting from open policy, and have drawn vicious conclusions about a broadcasting during a Post, and it is merely a fluke that a same person, Jeff Bezos, owns both businesses. In practice, Trump creates no disguise of obscuring any tie between a two. When he lashes out during a Post’s coverage, he segues seamlessly to Amazon. Trump has finished this over and over. He has finished it on Twitter:

He has finished it in speeches:

And he has finished it in interviews, like this one from 2016 with Sean Hannity:

It’s engaging that we contend that, since each hour we’re removing calls from reporters from a Washington Post seeking absurd questions. And we will tell you. This is owned as a fondle by Jeff Bezos, who controls Amazon. Amazon is removing divided with murder, tax-wise. He’s regulating a Washington Post for power. So that a politicians in Washington don’t taxation Amazon like they should be taxed. He’s removing positively divided — he’s disturbed about me, and we consider he pronounced that to somebody … it was in some article, where he thinks we would go after him for antitrust. Because he’s got a outrageous antitrust problem since he’s determining so much. Amazon is determining so most of what they’re doing.

And what they’ve finished is he bought this paper for most nothing. And he’s regulating that as a apparatus for domestic energy opposite me and opposite other people. And I’ll tell we what: We can’t let him get divided with it. So he’s got about 20, 25 — we only listened they’re holding these unequivocally bad stories — we mean, they, we know, wrong, we wouldn’t even contend bad. They’re wrong. And in many cases they have no correct information. And they’re putting them together, they’re slopping them together. And they’re gonna do a book. And a book is gonna be all fake things since a stories are so wrong. And a reporters — we mean, one after another — so what they’re doing is he’s regulating that as a domestic instrument to try and stop antitrust, that he thinks we trust he’s antitrust, in other words, what he’s got is a monopoly. And he wants to make certain we don’t get in.

The method of Trump’s research in this thoroughfare goes Washington Post-Amazon-Washington Post-Amazon-Washington Post-Amazon-Washington Post-Amazon. Over time, his motive has shifted from antitrust to internet taxes to postal shipping rates. Shockingly, he has not demonstrated an imagination in any of these process areas, and it would be definitely startling to see him holding onward on postal-shipping reforms during a process roundtable. The consistent in all these complaints is a Post and a “fake” — i.e., genuine — news.

One of Trump’s deepest assumptions is that everybody, including a media, is definitely corrupt. (That’s since he has regularly settled that a media will validate him in 2020 — since he’s good for their profits, and Trump can't suppose a media opening edition coverage that would not advantage a profitability of a ownership.) Of a dual newspapers he reads, Trump dismisses a New York Times as “failing,” and a Post as a apparatus of Amazon. And whatever a merits of his box about Amazon, it has zero to do with assisting mom-and-pop shops and all to do with his peremptory enterprise to control a news media.

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