TRUMP: HOW MANY LAWS WILL WE LET HIM BREAK?
I hardly need to blog about Trump any more; the Los Angeles Times is doing all the
work for me . . . and for everyone else who feels that our president is an unmitigated disaster. The Times’ five editorials, so far, are so strongly-worded they tend to ring in your head. For hours.
Yet one question remains unanswered: How about all those laws Trump is breaking—and when will the American public demand he be held accountable?
1.) The law against presidential despotism, enacted after Jack Kennedy made his brother, Robert, Attorney General. So far, both daughter, Ivanka, and son-in law Jared, are acting as semi-official Secretaries of State. They may not receive salaries, but both have been given top security clearances, and Ivanka, at least, has a White House office--plus other benefits of high office. If this isn’t nepotism, what is?
2.) The Supreme Court provision about a president accepting “Foreign Emoluments." Heads of State from foreign countries seem prone to stay at various Trump Towers, thereby offering foreign monies to enrich our president.
3.) Rules against Conflicts of Interest. Since the president has never divested himself of his business interests (perhaps not required by law), his Trump Enterprises continues to grow during the president’s reign—with new “deals” constantly being arranged in various American and major foreign cities . . . a direct nod to the power of our highest office. How can this continuing behavior not be seen as a Conflict of Interest?
4.) Rules governing Charitable Foundations: It’s already been proven that the Trump Foundation gave $25,000 as a “gift” to a Florida Attorney General--which resulted in her dismissal of a Floridian suit against Trump University--plus the public has seen photos of the life-size portrait of himself, purchased by Trump with Foundation funds.
These two acts suggest that here not one, but two rules have been broken--a rule against bribery, and another against self-enrichment with Foundation funds.
A few judges have declared, “Even the president is not above the law.”
Yet so far our various law enforcement agencies have noted these transgressions but taken no action. Who is responsible, anyway, for getting him into court? When will the American public rise up and demand that even King Trump must follow the rules?
Once again, I can’t help pointing out: When we elected a man with no character to the country’s highest office, we can expect an administration with no morality . . . operating in flagrant disregard of accepted laws.