Manafort is an actual mobster. He was born into the Genovese crime family. The same family that was rolled up by the Russian mob in the ’90s. Their tactics once taking power sound a lot like what Trump is doing – don’t they?
It’s not hard to find data points, here’s just one: a lawsuit, where Manafort is named as a co-defendent with Semion/Semyon Mogilevich, Brad Zackson (one of Fred Trump’s “fixers”), & others connected to the global mob – https://freebeacon.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/manafort-complaint-2.pdf