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Applying ’merit” on migrants, but never to himself

Ruben Navarrette Jr.May 24, 2019

My father calls it “people power.” Growing up, I’d hear: “It’s not what you know. It’s who you know.”

True enough. Relationships make the world go around.

It worked for Donald Trump, who has mastered the art of failing upward and getting ahead not because of what he knows about most subjects (which isn’t much) but because he knows the right people.

Throughout his education and career — both of which were no doubt fueled by personal relationships and family connections — Trump has always treated “merit” like just another annoying word that had nothing to do with him.

Now, all that has changed. Well, it hasn’t changed for him. He’s still the same unscrupulous con man he always has been.

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