• Trump Hotels (and Trump!) for Sale

    September 5, 2019

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    Posted in: 2020, Democracy


     

    One of the more amusing created narratives of the Trump era has been the media’s obsession that Trump is raking in corruptive levels of undeserved money from his hotels. The latest mini-adventure has been over Mike Pence staying in a Trump hotel in Ireland.

    The myth had its origins in one of the many early plans to drive Trump from office: the Emoluments Clause. Pundits dug up an obscure part of the Constitution about presidents not accepting gifts from foreign leaders. Here’s a full explainer on the Clause.

    They then imagined a foreign government official getting a room for the night at a Trump hotel was such an emolument (never mind the concept has never been defined or tested in court in some 230 years) and whatever tiny, tiny percentage of that room profit actually went to Trump himself represented a bribe such that the president would alter policy against the benefit of the United States in return.

    That latter bit is also one of the “best” arguments Dems have come up with to demand Trump’s taxes, by the way.

    So the argument is despite the vast complexity of U.S. relations in the Middle East, Trump would alter course against America’s own interests because some Kuwaiti rented the bridal suite at one of his hotels for a night.
     

    My goodness, in the case of Mike Pence running amuck in Ireland, we have a U.S. government official staying at an American owned property instead of a foreign one?!?!? But even that shocker may someday come to an end. Democrats with nothing else to do have proposed the The Heightened Oversight of Travel, Eating and Lodging Act (the HOTEL Act, get it?) in Congress which would forever ban the use of any public funds at a Trump property.

    That wouldn’t stop such rampant corruption as T-Mobile booking all of nine rooms at a Trump hotel, ostensibly to influence a $26 billion merger. Those nine rooms are worth almost $2700 a night, so, righteous bucks! Now of course the Trump hotel being located next door to the government building T-Mobile has business with has nothing to do with this all — their staff should stay in Ireland and fly daily to Washington to prove there is no quid pro quo!

    And course the president, who can shift the stock market for millions with a tweet, prefers to make his illegal money off jacked up hotel bills. Think small, go for the small take, have always been Trump trademarks.

    Of course it makes no sense financially, legally or otherwise, but the media has fully swallowed this “story” as a perennial.

      

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    • Rich Bauer said...

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      You are right. No one cares.

      Who do you have in the Bears-Packers tonight?

      09/5/19 10:34 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      The overunder on the Bears Packers is 46.5. Bears on their 43rd kicker.

      Taking the under.

      09/5/19 1:19 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      This is all nonsense, cause Trump is the richest man in the world, regardless of whatever the FAKENEWS says.

      09/5/19 7:24 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Of course, this could be a massive hoax by some 1 percent guy who fixed the election results who is a fan of SNL and just for kicks wanted to see what would become of US if Tommy Flanagan was our Presidunce.

      Melanie…Morgan Fairchild, that’s the ticket.

      09/6/19 1:17 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Perhaps we are witnessing the greatest performance artist since Andy Kaufman. Trumpies Sharpieman rivals Andy’s Tony Clifton.

      09/6/19 12:03 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      A very stable genius.

      09/6/19 12:05 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Trumpie is nothing but amusing narratives. Schedules his visit to Poland to celebrate the day of the Blitzkrieg, schedule the Talibans visit just before 9-11. Hey, the joke is on US.

      09/8/19 5:13 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      PS: I totally support Trumps efforts to talk with the Taliban.

      In case anyone else thought they were losing their mind today, this actually happened on FOX News:

      Fox News host Steve Hilton criticized Liz Cheney over her comments objecting to a possible Camp David meeting between President Trump and Taliban leaders.

      “I can tell you how I’m feeling, which is very angry,” Hilton said on “Outnumbered.” Monday. “[Trump] is actually trying to clean up the mess that all these establishment people, with their military-industrial complex cronies [have caused]… And Liz Cheney, my goodness. Please spare us.

      “She talks about deaths. Her father literally was responsible for not just the thousands of deaths that she rightly attributes to the Taliban, millions of deaths, billions of dollars wasted — funneled into the company that he was the CEO of,” he continued. “The corruption of this military-industrial complex… led to all these problems that Donald Trump is trying to clear up.”

      09/9/19 6:00 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer- remember those 100 year wars we read about in Jr. High? America’s simulacrum war with the Taliban sadly explains that not much has changed in the primal idiocy of humans.

      09/9/19 7:28 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      John: It does feel like – the more things change, the more they are staying the same

      Rich: Liz Cheney is /still/ ridiculous and hypocritical. Definitely nothing has changed there. She’s trying to rewrite history on the war crimes of her father, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz – and doing it badly as usual

      09/11/19 11:24 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Kyzi- well at least we understand at this stage in human self understanding her sad need to see her father as a noble hero. We have to assume that her father did not raise her to be an independent thinker.

      09/11/19 3:40 PM | Comment Link

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