While most Americans were expressing doubt and anger about Facebook in March 2017, Donald Trump focused his rage on another giant tech company: Amazon. Actually, it wasn’t the first time Trump singled out America’s top online retailer — or Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Trump’s hostility dates back to at least 2015, when he started tweeting about Amazon and Bezos. That was a few months after Trump launched his campaign for president and The Washington Post — the influential newspaper Bezos bought in 2013 — began covering him.
Depending on the time and his particular mood, Trump has problems with how Amazon pays its taxes, the way it hurts mom-and-pop stores, and his treatment by the Post. But even though many factors are in play here, there’s probably only one real reason Trump hates Bezos (page 8).
8. It’s not Amazon’s success.
Trump loves success. In fact, it’s one of the few things we know he actually cares about. So when he tweets angrily about Amazon exploiting the system to make more money, it sounds odd coming from the author of The Art of the Deal.
Finding the hidden angle was a big key to Trump’s success over the years.
Next: Even after his nasty tweets, Trump invited Bezos to business leader events at the White House.
7. The business community respects Bezos.
Despite the many hostile tweets Trump’s sent Bezos’s way in recent years, the Amazon founder still got invited to events when Trump was president-elect (December 2016) and later at the White House (June 2017). Bezos attended both meetings.
Since the business community respects Bezos so much, it would have been strange if Trump didn’t have him there. It’s possible he may resent Bezos’s high standing among his peers.
Next: We all know Trump holds a grudge.
6. Bezos burned Trump on Twitter once.
In a look at Trump’s tweets about Bezos (through summer 2017), Newsweek chronicled a period in late 2015, when Trump got angry about a Washington Post article that mentioned him. Bezos replied with a picture of his space rocket and a pitch to put Trump on it.
The hashtag for Bezos’s tweet was #SendDonaldtoSpace. That probably made Trump quite mad.
Next: Opposites don’t always attract.
5. They have opposite personalities.
The average American doesn’t know what Jeff Bezos sounds like, and that’s because he goes about his business quietly. He never feels the need to scream and publicly intimidate opponents. (He appears to outsmart and out-maneuver them, instead.)
By contrast, Trump can’t make a speech without congratulating himself and putting down past or present opponents. Sometimes, opposites don’t attract, and that’s surely the case here.
Next: Maybe Trump is really worried about tax revenue?
4. It’s got nothing to do with taxes.
Have you ever seen Trump’s tax returns? Of course not: No one in America (outside of his accountant) has. So when Trump tweets about Amazon not paying its fair share, most people will have to laugh.
Anyway, if Trump were concerned about tax revenue, he probably should’t have reduced the rate corporations pay by 40% across the board. Businesses will be able to keep trillions in the coming years — and do so legally.
Next: While Trump was born into wealth, Bezos climbed into the 1% from humble beginnings.
3. Bezos is a self-made billionaire.
As Virginia Mastrel pointed out in a Bloomberg column, Trump and Bezos are also opposites when it comes to their upbringing and education. It’s well-known Trump was born into a real estate fortune and was wealthy when he took his first step. His ticket to the University of Pennsylvania was assured.
On the other hand, Bezos was born to a 16-year-old mom and 18-year old deadbeat dad. He attended public schools before earning his way into Princeton. There, Bezos graduated with top honors and Phi Beta Kappa in both computer science and electrical engineering. He’s the textbook definition of an overachiever.
Next: The newspaper Bezos owns has given Trump fits in recent years.
2. Trump hates the Post, which Bezos owns.
It seems like The Washington Post breaks major news about Trump on a daily basis. While that’s nothing new for one of America’s storied newspapers (ask Richard Nixon), it’s a major headache for Trump, who doesn’t seem capable of avoiding bad news.
From the story about Trump stiffing charities to the “Access Hollywood” scandal, Russia, and the Roy Moore saga, the Post has pummeled Trump over the past few years. You can call this one “Shoot the messenger” if you like, and Bezos takes the heat as CEO.
Next: It’s all about the money.
1. Bezos is much, much richer than Trump.
There’s one obvious reason Trump hates Bezos. For an alpha male like the president, it often comes down to net worth and who’s bigger. Here’s where the two stand on the Forbes 2018 list of billionaires:
- Jeff Bezos: $112 billion (richest person on earth)
- Donald Trump: $3.1 billion (766th)
You might say there are 109 billion reasons why Trump hates the founder of Amazon and Washington Post owner. Very few of them have to do with journalism, taxes, or mom-and-pop stores.
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‘Manifest’: 4 Mind-Blowing Predictions and Theories For Season 4
- Published onNovember 14, 2021
Manifest Season 4 will have a lot of explaining to do. As the missing plane drama’s final chapter, season 4 must answer all the burning questions the show has created in the last three years. And with quite a few cliffhangers in the season 3 finale, there’s plenty of plot twists to address in the season’s early episodes. Unfortunately, the new installment is still several months away; Netflix will reportedly begin filming in November 2021. Until release day, fans are left with only their thoughts about what’s to come. Here are some of the most mind-blowing theories about Manifest Season 4.
[Spoiler alert: The following story contains spoilers for Manifest Seasons 1 through 3.]
Ben and Saanvi will end up together
Ever since Ben Stone (Josh Dallas) and Saanvi Bahl (Parveen Kaur) began working together to solve Flight 828’s disappearance in season 1, many fans have rooted for the two to become a couple. The characters do share an undeniable chemistry, and Flight 828 has connected them in a much deeper way. Plus, fans can’t forget about the fact that Saanvi already considered her romantic feelings for Ben when The Major (Elizabeth Marvel) pointed out their chemistry earlier in the series.
In the season 3 finale, Angelina (Holly Taylor) killed Ben’s wife, Grace Stone (Athena Karkanis), and kidnapped their baby daughter, Eden. The tragedy will undoubtedly affect Ben for quite some time in season 4, but a fan on Reddit pointed out that Grace’s death might have been meant to pave the way for “Benvi” all along.
“I feel like the show has been setting them up since the beginning. The chemistry between the two has always been there since day one. With Grace out of the picture now, I think it’s only a matter of time before something happens between them,” the user wrote.
Flight 828, Captain Daly, and Cal time traveled
Manifest Season 3 gave fans a somewhat (but barely) clearer idea of what happened to Flight 828 — it went to another realm of some kind. In the final episodes, fans saw the mysterious, glowing tailfin disappear when Cal Stone (Jack Messina) touched it, and Cal vanished along with it. Presumably, Cal and the tailfin went to the same place as Flight 828 did when the mystery began.
As fans may recall, Flight 828 Captain Bill Daly disappeared in season 1. Then, he returned inside a missing plane for just a few seconds. Both Bill and the plane vanished into thin air again, but if fans looked closely, they might have noticed an interesting detail.
As PureWow noted, Bill was wearing his captain’s uniform, which he wasn’t wearing at the time of his disappearance. Likewise, Dr. Fiona Clarke (Francesca Faridany), whom he kidnapped, was nowhere to be seen. Thus, it seems more likely that Bill had just reappeared from the moment Flight 828 vanished on its way to New York more than five years earlier.
If this time travel theory is true, it would also explain how Cal aged five years when he returned from the other realm. Perhaps he and Bill entered some sort of time warp.
The Major is an older version of Michaela
This may be one of the more far-fetched earlier theories, but it’s still going strong into Manifest Season 4. Some fans believe that Michaela Stone (Melissa Roxburgh) and The Major are the same. As a Reddit user pointed out, the characters look similar and, more importantly, wear the exact same necklace. They also share an intense interest in the Callings and Flight 828’s mystery. The Major’s strong desire to research Flight 828’s passengers could be rooted in the fact that her younger self was a passenger.
This theory could connect to the time travel theory. Unfortunately, The Major died in season 2, so she likely won’t reappear again in season 4. However, the characters continued to mention her in season 3, so she could play a role from afar.
The Bermuda Triangle is to blame for Flight 828’s mystery
Ah, the Bermuda Triangle, where things disappear. This theory might make the most sense regarding Flight 828’s mystery. As Looper noted, the plane traveled from Jamaica to New York, so it likely flew over the Bermuda Triangle. And according to a fan theory on Reddit, the Lost City of Atlantis’ technology — which harnessed the power of telepathy — might have affected Flight 828 when the plane flew over the Bermuda Triangle.
Fans will have to wait for Manifest’s final installment to see which theories, if any, hold true. For now, Manifest Seasons 1 through 3 are currently streaming on Netflix.
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‘Manifest’ Season 3 Fan Theory Suggests [SPOILER]’s Necklace Might Be a Lifesaver
- Published onAugust 15, 2021
The jewelry in Manifest might represent more than simple costume designer choices. According to a fan theory, there’s one necklace that appears consistently throughout most episodes of NBC‘s missing plane drama. If Manifest returns for season 4, the accessory could play a major role in saving someone’s life. Here’s why.
[Spoiler alert: The following story contains major spoilers for Manifest Season 3.]
Sapphire has played a significant role in ‘Manifest’ Season 3
Manifest Season 3 strongly emphasizes the idea that divine power could be the cause of Flight 828’s disappearance. Passengers Ben Stone (played by Josh Dallas), Cal Stone (Jack Messina), and Saanvi Bahl (Parveen Kaur) discover several links between Flight 828, the callings, and biblical symbols, including sapphire.
Determined to discover the truth about the missing plane, Saanvi continues her studies at the government facility known as Eureka. By season 3 episode 7, she reaches a breakthrough. Saanvi finds traces of sapphire in multiple subjects: Ben’s hand, the Flight 828 tailfin, and the three “meth heads” (Pete, Kory, and Jace). And what is the connection between these subjects? They were all “returned” after an unexplained disappearance.
The exact significance of the sapphire has yet to be explained, but it’s worth noting that the jewel holds significance in religion and mythology. In a biblical sense, sapphire symbolizes divinity and is often associated with God’s power. In addition, it’s believed to bring good fortune.https://4a939dabec3439585032c839c9910033.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
As Dr. Gupta (Mahira Kakkar) suggests in season 3, the sapphire found in the Flight 828 passengers might be a “signature” from God, which would mean the disappearance was actually God’s work. Additionally, Saanvi found traces of sapphire in 6,000-year-old driftwood believed to come from Noah’s Ark. This could suggest that Noah’s Ark and Flight 828 shared the same fate.
A ‘Manifest’ fan theory suggests Grace’s sapphire necklace will play an important role
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Sapphire appears elsewhere in Manifest Season 3, right in plain sight: Grace’s necklace. On Reddit, an eagle-eyed fan pointed out that Grace frequently wears a blue stone surrounded by silver around her neck. Upon closer inspection, the fan realized Grace wore the very same jewel that played such a significant role in Flight 828’s mystery.
“As a lover of jewelry, I couldn’t help but notice Grace’s necklace right off the bat. And I saw how she kept wearing it all the damn time, episode after episode, season after season,” the fan wrote. “With the revelation made at Eureka, it became apparent that her always being shown wearing it wasn’t the costume department being lazy. Her necklace features a large sapphire stone!”https://4a939dabec3439585032c839c9910033.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html
Manifest‘s creators might have just used Grace’s necklace as an Easter egg to foreshadow the significance of sapphire. However, given the show’s motto, “It’s all connected,” it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see the necklace play a big role later.
Will the necklace save Grace’s life?
Manifest Season 3 ends with a shocking twist: Grace’s death. Angelina (Holly Taylor) kills Grace to get to baby Eden, whom Angelina believes is her guardian angel. But wait, what did Grace wear at the time of her death? That’s right — the sapphire necklace.
If the healing and protective powers of sapphire are true, could that mean Grace will be resurrected? The jewel seems to work in mysterious ways. Unfortunately, with the future of Manifest hanging in the balance, all fans can do for now is speculate and hope that Grace pulls through in season 4.
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