And when you read the actual articles Mr. Horton is summarizing, the real story is a lot less damning than "Trump's failing business was propped up by hundreds of millions in Russian mob money."
The worst find was that a Kazakh family who operated a money-laundering ring also bought apartments in a Manhattan tower partly owned by Donald Trump. A couple of million dollars might've made its way to Trump's pocket via this deal, which probably broke no U.S. laws. Is it shady that the president didn't give a fuck about being incredibly unethical as long he wasn't breaking the law? Sure. But that's not a compelling headline, and so we get shit like this:
This article, which came out two months after the DailyKos piece, claims, "The president and his companies have been linked to at least 10 wealthy former Soviet businessmen with alleged ties to criminal organizations or money laundering." And what are these links?
-- One guy who worked for the company who designed a Trump SoHo hotel once stabbed a guy.
-- One of the investors in that hotel was accused of money laundering in Belgium.
-- Three Russian gangsters bought Trump condos in the U.S.
-- Money launderers from Ukraine and Kazakhstan bought five total condos in Trump buildings.
USA Today's title is technically accurate, but it makes it sound like the story is "Trump worked hand-in-hand with the Russian mob" rather than "rich gangsters like to buy overpriced Trump condos." Yes, there's troubling stuff in both these reports, but conflating them to "Trump was bailed out by the Russian mob" just makes it easier for him to dismiss real criticism as fake news. When Trump tweets this ...