When Russians and fewer than half of 2016 voters elected Donald Trump to the presidency, they elected a grifter.
Donald Trump is a conman and a thief. The Trump Organization, which he calls one of “America’s greatest companies,” is built on fraud and deceit. The man doesn’t pay back loans. He refuses to pay contractors, driving them to the point of going out of business until they settle for less pay than Trump had contractually agreed to pay them. He ran a scam university that only taught stupid people how to lose $30,000 for information they could have found in a brochure. He even steals from charity, buying himself paintings of himself and other assorted gifts. He’s so cheap, he even took $8.00 from his charity to pay for one of his idiot son’s Boy Scout dues which contradicts the Boy Scout code that teaches you to be “morally straight,” don’t steal, don’t lie, and stop putting that oily shit in your hair because it makes you look like a douchey con artist.
Trump has been grifting the American taxpayer since he won the election. He’s visited his golf resorts, as of October 13, 104 times since he was sworn into office. This has come at a cost to taxpayers of over $110,000,000. Just like Trump’s promise that he wouldn’t have time to play golf as president, this doesn’t bother his cult.
Trump is still collecting money from his businesses. He claims he put it all into a blind trust, and one can argue the two idiots in charge of his business can’t see straight when it comes to corruption, but handing it to your family is NOT a blind trust.
When people want to curry favor with Trump, they stay at his hotels and resorts. Hours before Giuliani’s two henchmen were arrested, they were dining at Trump’s Washington hotel. By the way, can’t these guys find thugs with less Russian-sounding names than Lev and Igor? Why don’t they have any arrested cronies with names like Stewart and Fletcher? Though to be fair, I’m sure there will be future arrests of guys with names like Rudy, Mick, Mike, Eric, Jared, and Donald.
Diplomats from foreign nations make sure to stay at Trump hotels, or at least book rooms there, even if they’re staying at classier hotels, which is what the Saudis do. Former EPA chief Scott Pruitt tried to purchase a mattress from Trump’s Washington hotel, which is just weird. Speaking of weird, Mike Pence stayed at Trump’s Ireland resort despite it requiring him to travel across the country to do so (maybe it was the only hotel in Ireland where women refuse to stay. That’d make sense). Trump even has the military funneling money to his resorts.
So naturally, Donald Trump really wanted to book the next G7 summit at one of his resorts in Florida, because everybody loves Miami in June. After being told by Republicans, “Dude, this is too much to defend, even for us,” Trump canceled. Did he take it in stride? Did it say, “no biggie?” Nope. He had a Trump tantrum.
While talking about Joe and Hunter Biden having the appearance of conflict, White House chief-of-staff Mick Mulvaney announced the summit would be held at Trump Doral. Seriously, he didn’t detect the irony or hypocrisy. He argued that Trump did not need the branding because “Trump” is a famous name, maybe even the most famous name in the world.
It’s true, it’s a famous name, much like “Hitler.” But you don’t see any Hitler Dorals. “Herpes” is also a famous name but despite its fame, most people don’t want it. Much like herpes, Trump corruption seems to be something for which there’s no cure, though the outbreaks are much more frequent.
And while arguing that he didn’t need the exposure for his bedbug-infested resort, Trump made sure to use the full name of it in his Twitter tantrum while also boasting about the amenities. The truth is, Trump’s Miami resort is performing poorly and June, when the G7 is scheduled to happen, is a horrible time for the resort. Probably because June is bedbug season. Funny enough, most people throughout the country like to visit Florida during the winter. Go figure.
Here’s the truth for Trump supporters: Trump hosting a government event is holding foreign leaders, diplomats, and our nation hostage. It forces them to give him money, like purchasing bedbug spray in the resort’s gift shop. Trump promises that he’d hold the event at “cost,” but two things here; what is “cost” to Trump? And, it’s a Trump “promise.”
Finally, there’s a clause in the United States Constitution that’s called the “Emolument Clause.” It forbids the president from making money off his office. Really. It’s in there. It’s in Article I, Section 9, Paragraph 8. It states, “No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.” It doesn’t stop there. It also has a domestic emoluments clause (in case you’re a Republican, “domestic” means from the United States), which is in Article II, Section 1, Paragraph 7, which prohibits the president from receiving any “emolument” from the federal government or the states beyond “a Compensation” for his “Services” as chief executive. That means, every time the government is forced to spend money on one of Trump’s shitty resorts, Donald Trump is breaking the law.
Oh yeah, it just occurred to me. In case you’re a Republican, “emolument” means, from dictionary.com (I look shit up, yo), “a salary, fee, or profit from employment or office.”
Donald Trump has been breaking the law since he took the oath of office. Donald Trump is a criminal. What’s his defense of this? The emolument clause doesn’t exist. Seriously.
Yesterday, during one of his word-salad, lie-filled tantrums, he said to reporters, “You people with this phony emoluments clause.” He argued it didn’t apply to him because, “If you’re rich, it doesn’t matter.” He also made up a bunch of lies about George Washington remaining in business and needing two desks during his presidency, one for business and one for presidenting.
Trump said Washington was rich and had a business. Both of these are true, but did you know that Washington only had one desk, not two as Trump claims? Where does Donald Trump get this shit? Anyway, not only did Washington just have one desk, he paid for it himself. If Donald Trump had paid for it himself, it would have come out of his Trump charity (his campaign is paying his and his kids’ legal fees).
Trump also made up lies about President Obama making money from Netflix and his new book deal while being president, despite the fact he didn’t do those deals until AFTER he was president. In case you’re a Republican, “after” means not while he was president.
Trump also argued the presidency was costing him between 2-5 billion dollars. That’s quite a range there. So which is it? Maybe he’ll show us his taxes to prove it’s not another lie. It just seems to me that the guy who doesn’t want to pay $8.00 for his kid’s Boy Scout dues would notice a missing $3 billion.
And because we’re covering Trump lies from the same tantrum, he said Doral would have been great for the G7 because it’s right next to Miami International Airport, which many people say is the biggest in the world. Well, maybe there are some dumbasses out there saying it’s the “biggest in the world.” I can think of one dumbass who said it. But, it’s not. According to Airports Council International, it ranks at #43. It’s not even the busiest in Florida.
Back to that first lie, the Emoluments Clause is not “phony.” Neither is the Constitution. For Trump supporters who love to say they’re “constitutionalists,” this is a pretty huge slide they’re handing to Trump. How can you be a Constitutionalist when your dear leader is calling the Constitution phony?
In case you’re a Republican, there’s a lot more to the United States Constitution than the Second Amendment. Get over it.
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