Even Trump’s reference to Manafort as ‘a nice man’ suggests a certain sympathy with Capone – who often claimed to be a misunderstood public servant as federal investigators pursued him.
Trump after all has previously displayed a kinship with the mobster mindset.
In 1992 – according to New York magazine – after Trump said his way with women was ‘to treat ‘em like shit,’ a friend remarked: ‘You’d make a good mafioso’.
‘One of the greatest’ our future president replied.
Capone – like Trump – was prone to public self-pity – apparently needing to go before the press and complain about how poorly the authorities and the media treated him.
In December 1927 Capone announced that he’d suffered enough abuse and was leaving for Florida.
‘Let the worthy citizens of Chicago get their liquor the best they can’ Capone told the Chicago Tribune.
‘I’m sick of the job—it’s a thankless one and full of grief. …
I’ve been spending the best years of my life as a public benefactor.
I’ve given people the light pleasures – shown them a good time.
And all I get is abuse—the existence of a hunted man. …
Public service is my motto. … But I’m not appreciated.
It’s no use’..