President’s eldest son is now a key player in the Russia inquiry.
But is ‘Fredo’ taking a fall for the family?
A big joke in political circles these days is that the Trumps are a mob family like the Corleones in ‘The Godfather’ — except that they are all Fredo – the anemic and inferior brother who betrays the family in a fit of pique.
But if you had to pick one member of the family who has truly lost himself in that role it would have to be Donald Trump Jr.
In fact according to the Daily Beast members of the Trump administration have been referring to him as ‘Fredo’ for quite some time:
Ever since the campaign a popular behind-his-back nickname for Trump Jr. among some in his father’s political inner circle has been ‘Fredo’ referring to Fredo Corleone the insecure and weak failure of a son in the ‘Godfather’ series who ends up causing major damage to the crime family and contributing little of value. This has been relayed to The Daily Beast in several stories by Team Trump veterans over the past several weeks.
Personally I had always thought Junior was the Sonny Corleone of the family – hot-headed and impulsive – aligning himself with alt-right characters and using Twitter as his preferred method of beating down those who made him angry.