James Caan, The Godfather

The Donald is Sonny Corleone

“I never thought you were a bad consigliere; I thought Sonny was a bad Don. May he rest in peace”. (Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone, The Godfather)

In the 1980’s a New York real estate mogul with a playboy reputation began capturing the attention of the American public. A larger than life personality with ego to match combined with success in personal branding brought us The Donald. In a decade where greed was good The Donald flourished and could provide some counsel to the business and political world in certain matters. But a good advisor does not always make a great leader.

The 2016 election cycle has been interesting and provided entertainment along with fresh air. As I watched the massive reality star ego named Donald J. Trump laid waste to one opponent after another while embracing the personality of his own brand I couldn’t put my finger on what Trump’s behavior reminded me of.

When Trump took the Khan bait hook, line, and sinker it hit me. Donald J. Trump is Santino “Sonny” Corleone; the headstrong and ever brash elder son of The Godfather.

Sonny lived the New York playboy lifestyle. A young rich kid with a powerful father who cheated on his wife with regularity. Sonny probably never wanted to be in charge, but circumstances and events changed. Sonny became interim Don when daddy Vito was shot. Sonny had no real success of his own and was thrust into a position for which he did not possess the temperament.

Sonny’s hotheaded knee-jerk decisions caused death all around him. Ultimately, Sonny met his demise after taking the bait dangled in front of him by an opponent with superior skill.

All campaign season Trump has been hotheaded and easily distracted by even the tiniest insignificant attack. The evil mastermind of the DNC and their friends laid the perfect trap with Khizer Khan and merely had to sit back and watch as Trump fell right in.


When Sonny took the bait he was mercilessly shot on the causeway; died alone and pathetic with only his hot temper and ego to thank. The Donald took the bait and his campaign may end the same way. (Metaphorically, of course).