Posted: 11/26/16 17:35
by Dave Mindeman
During the campaign, Republicans (and sometimes Bernie supporters) would gleefully point out the appearances of impropriety involving Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.
It was always a stretch. Clinton was not paid by the Foundation. She did not financially benefit. And in order for the Foundation to finance the enormous projects they undertake, they had to court wealthy donors. That meant potential foreign donors. Donors that had dealings with the Secretary of State on various matters. It was a fine line - and Republicans used every opportunity to criticize any appearance of a connection.
And then there is Trump.
Hear any conservative outrage here? Any at all?
Trump doesn't just have the appearance of impropriety, he has outright conflicts of interests. His businesses are affected by foreign governments - which, as President, he will directly contact. He wants to renegotiate trade policies, which will directly benefit his investments. He has no plans to divest his assets and if he does his version of a blind trust, it will be with his family in charge. Which, by definition, is not a blind trust. He expects special treatment for his assets just because he is President. Which is an absolute Constitutional violation.
Yet, there is no conservative outcry. There is only excuses. Reasons to allow it. Inconsistent narratives to explain.
It's a cruel joke. And the American people are stuck with it, because the only oversight we have are in Republican hands....which only investigates things with the Clinton name on it.