Friday, July 14, 2017
All along, we knew it was you. For the last few months (and especially this week), Donald Trump Jr. has weathered a horde of comparisons to Fredo Corleone—the useless, bumbling middle brother from The Godfather I and II, who essentially signs his own death warrant after clumsily betraying his brother Michael. The comparisons have hit a fever pitch particularly since The New York Times reported that the eldest Trump child had met with a Russian lawyer in an attempt to obtain damaging information about Hillary Clinton. It was exacerbated on Tuesday when Trump Jr.—in a profoundly misguided stab at one-upping the scoop from The New York Times—released a short statement and screenshots of the incriminating e-mail exchange via Twitter. Perhaps it’s no wonder that Trump’s inner circle has been calling him Fredo since the campaign.