New York has a history of political corruption that would make Chicago blush.
Governors and legislative leaders have been forced from office and even sent to prison.
But nobody expected the sudden resignation this week of former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, amid allegations of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Well, ALMOST nobody expected it.
It looks like President Donald Trump wasn’t terribly surprised.
In fact, a tweet has surfaced where Trump appears to have predicted Schneiderman’s demise four and a half years ago.
“Weiner is gone, Spitzer is gone - next will be lightweight A.G. Eric Schneiderman. Is he a crook? Wait and see, worse than Spitzer or Weiner,” Trump wrote in a tweet on September 11, 2013.
The tweet is interesting not only because Trump foresaw Schneiderman’s downfall – but because he also compared Schneiderman with New York politicians accused of sexual impropriety.
Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned in disgrace after a prostitution scandal, and former Congressional Rep. Anthony Weiner was caught “sexting” underage girls.
And it looks like Trump was right… Schneiderman may be the worst of the lot.
In a bombshell New Yorker piece this week, four women accused Schneiderman of physically abusing them in both sexual and non-sexual situations.
He’s been accused of slapping, choking, spitting at, and threatening women, and of calling a dark-complexioned Sri Lankan girlfriend his “slave” and making her call him her “master.”
And the hypocrisy behind Schneiderman’s actions is shocking.
He publicly proclaimed himself a champion for women, and repeatedly questions Trump’s moral fitness for office.
Schneiderman aggressively pursued legal action against everything from Trump’s businesses to his charitable foundation.
Meanwhile, women who dated Schneiderman describe him as being a drunken and abusive “Jekyll and Hyde” behind closed doors.
So what exactly did Trump know about Schneiderman four and a half years ago? We may never know.
It’s certainly possible that Trump had heard rumors.
But Trump has also made a fortune by being able to judge the characters of his friends and adversaries.
He’s been saying for ages that something didn’t smell right about Schneiderman.
And now we know Trump was right.