One of the amazing (?) things about the Trump presidency is that no matter how insane, grifty, and shocking things get as our head of state continues to trash the country’s reputation and legal norms, there is always something else still to come. Always. And in the strange case of Robert Kraft and the human trafficking operation feeding into the Florida rub-n-tug massage parlors…
The latest Trump political donor to draw controversy is Li Yang, a 45-year-old Florida entrepreneur from China who founded a chain of spas and massage parlors that included the one where New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft was recently busted for soliciting prostitution. She made the news this week when the Miami Herald reported that last month she had attended a Super Bowl viewing party at Donald Trump’s West Palm Beach golf club and had snapped a selfie with the president during the event. Though Yang no longer owns the spa Kraft allegedly visited, the newspaper noted that other massage parlors her family runs have “gained a reputation for offering sexual services.” (She told the newspaper she has never violated the law.) Beyond this sordid tale, there is another angle to the strange story of Yang: She runs an investment business that has offered to sell Chinese clients access to Trump and his family.
Of course she bought her way into Trump’s circles. And of course selling access to Trump presented itself as a reasonable business opportunity; the man basically has “Vacant Lot for Rent” tattooed on his forehead.
There is literally nothing too shady for this president; worse, he pretty clearly thinks that leveraging the presidency for personal profit is part of his reward for being elected. It’s a sickening chapter in our history.