236th Day Trump Has Steered Taxpayer Dollars Towards His Golf Course

Today we learned that President Trump visited his Golf Course in Sterling, Virginia which makes it the 236th day he has steered taxpayer dollars towards one of his golf courses and the latest example of him abusing his office for personal enrichment.

This comes at a time when the impeachment inquiry is heating up with Democrats calling for Trump’s corrupt dealings to be included in the articles of impeachment. Democrats should definitely not close the door on incorporating Trump’s corruption into the final articles of impeachment.

It also bears pointing out that Trump’s recent rash decision that is leading to our Kurdish allies getting slaughtered in the Middle East has angered many Senate Republicans and his very reliable White Evangelical voting block.

It is too early to tell whether anger over the needless slaughter of the Kurds will cause Senate Republicans to finally abandon Trump and vote for his removal from office after he is impeached at the House.

One only hopes that Senate Republicans angered by Trump’s senseless betrayal of our Kurdish allies will also start addressing his corrupt dealings chief among them, his constant steering of taxpayer dollars towards his businesses.

Bottom line folks a line has to be drawn somewhere regarding Trump’s constant steering of taxpayer dollars towards his businesses. Articles of impeachment regarding Trump’s corruption would certainly go a long way towards forcing a real debate around this issue even if the Senate ultimately votes to keep him in office.

Simply put, Yours Truly would pay to watch Republican Senators going on the record to defend taxpayer funds being spent on Trump’s properties. That would be a sight to behold!!

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306th Day Trump Has Steered Taxpayer Dollars Towards His Properties

Trump’s violations of the U.S. Constitution’s emoluments clause are at an unprecedented level and already the subject of several federal lawsuits. Any other U.S. President at this juncture would have been embarrassed by this glaring appearance of impropriety into either (1) immediately divesting from any and all businesses he currently holds or (2) stopping visits to his own properties that necessitate spending of tax dollars there.

This is what any other similarly situated U.S. President (former businessman) would have done. Sadly, none of those other U.S. Presidents are Donald Trump. Just today we’ve found out that he is visiting his Golf Club, making this the 233rd time he has visited his Golf Club and the 306th time he has visited one of his properties while President. Needless to say, all these visits mean taxpayer dollars end up being spent at his properties–money that goes directly to him and his family. This is the kind of blatant and shocking corruption Americans only used to see in third world dictatorships.

It is very clear that Trump believes nothing can be done about his blatant emoluments clause violations, which is why he continues to rack up violations. Luckily, journalists like Kyle Griffin and others are keeping tabs of these visits and hopefully, the amount of taxpayer dollars spent on them. We can all agree that Trump is not going be President forever. Rest assured therefore that at the appropriate time, we will push for every single taxpayer dollar Trump inappropriately steered towards his business be put back into government coffers. Yes Trump, at the appropriate time, we will push to have you refund all the tax dollars you inappropriately steered towards your businesses.

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Pompeo Attemps To Normalize Trump’s Emoluments Clause Violations

Speaking at a Republican political event held at Trump Tower (as sickening as that sounds already), Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a sorry attempt at normalizing President Trump’s emoluments clause violations by addressing it as a joke. It was very clear what the Secretary of State was trying to convey with his “joke” and that is, that he and his fellow Republicans think concerns about corruption/self-dealing by Trump are all a big joke being peddled by the media–in this case the Washington Post which he specifically referred to.

Specifically, Pompeo jockingly said, “I look around. This is such a beautiful hotel. The guy who owns it must have been successful somewhere along the way.” He then looked up and added, “That was for the Washington Post.” There’s no other way to read Sec Pompeo’s “joke” other than an effort to characterize Trump’s emoluments clause violations as a non consequential matter that only the media cares about. We’ve heard similar arguments from Trump and his son Don,Jr who routinely dismiss important questions with the refrain, “only the fake media cares about that.”

One has to admit that that it is very troubling to hear someone like Sec Pompeo who whether you agree with his politics or not, is incredibly well regarded in Washington by both Democrats and Republicans, seemingly excusing corruption. The fact that he too appears to have been wholly swallowed by the corruption cesspit that is the Trump administration, that he feels very comfortable normalizing such behavior, should be sending alarm bells everywhere.

You’ll also remember that after Vice President Mike Pence’s recent visit to Ireland that caused a huge emoluments clause scandal, Sen Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) sent Sec Pompeo a sternly-worded letter asking him to explain the extent of his State Department’s involvement in VP Pence’s decision to stay at Trump’s Irish resort. Sec Pompeo therefore, should be the last person joking about emoluments clause violations.

Bottom line folks, as Yours Truly has repeatedly stated before, the brazen corruption of the Trump administration is not normal and the only way we can prevent him and his cronies from normalizing it is if we scream about it. We must not allow Sec Pompeo or anyone else for that matter, to normalize Trump’s corruption and Yours Truly sincerely hopes congressional Democrats and the mainstream media will severely call him out for his “joke” about public corruption. Simply put folks, there’s nothing funny about public corruption and if Sec Pompeo doesn’t get it then he definitely needs to get out of public service.

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Trump Has More Than 2,300 Conflicts Of Interest

CREW‘s Executive Director Noah Bookbinder yesterday appeared on CNN’s Outfront with Erin Burnett and made the bombshell revelation that according to their study, President Trump has more than 2,300 conflicts of interest. Importantly, Bookbinder said that the 2,300 number only accounts for the conflicts they [CREW] know about adding that the actual figure is higher because there are undoubtedly other conflicts of interest CREW is yet to uncover.

This level of corruption is absolutely shocking even by Trump administration standards. Five, maybe ten conflicts of interest for a public official would constitute alarming levels of corruption. Where, as here, we are talking about 2,000 plus cases, reasonable people will agree that we are in a whole new and very troubling territory. The entire Outfront segment is available here but the relevant clip is below.

Specifically, Bookbinder told CNN’s Erin Burnett, “We recently did a study where we found that in the past two and a half years there have been 2,300, more than 2,300 instances of conflicts of interest between the President’s business, his Presidency and those who are trying to influence it and it is literally multiple times a day that either members of Congress, members of the executive branch, political allies of the President, industries that are trying to influence him are bringing business to his properties. Those are only the ones that we know about because they have been publicly reported. There are undoubtedly more–foreign governments, domestic governments, and the list goes on..”

If you told a Republican in 2015 that in 2019 we would have a Republican President openly engaging in these shocking levels of corruption they would absolutely call you crazy. If you added that the Republican President would not only engage in these shocking levels of corruption but that fiscal conservatives would openly partake in and defend the said corruption, then you would be risking your life because the said 2015 Republican would probably exercise his 2nd amendment rights on you. Sadly, given CREW Executive Director Bookbinder’s revelation, this unthinkable scenario of extreme public corruption is exactly where we find ourselves today. We must not allow this to go on unchallenged.

Bottom line folks, as Yours Truly has repeatedly stated before, the brazen corruption of the Trump administration is not normal and the only way we can prevent him and his cronies from normalizing it is if we scream about it. No reasonable person can with a straight face, defend a sitting President of the United States having more than 2,300 conflicts of interest as a result of businesses he was advised to fully divest from and decided not to. This is the quintessential in-your-face corruption that Americans have a moral obligation to push back against.

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Ronna McDaniel Helping Trump Pocket RNC Money

RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel

Troubling Huffington Post piece exposes how the Republican National Committee (RNC) under Ronna McDaniel is increasingly spending money at Trump’s properties across the nation, essentially lining Trump’s pockets. It is well known, certainly to RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel, that Trump never fully divested from his business interests when he became President in 2016. Therefore Ronna McDaniel cannot turn around and say she doesn’t know that by holding RNC events at Trump’s properties, she is essentially lining Trump’s pockets. This is, to use Sen Elizabeth Warren’s famous wording, “corruption, plain and simple.”

According to the Huffington Post piece, during the first two years of Trump’s presidency, RNC spent $1.3 million at Trump properties. Now that the Emoluments Clause debate is front and center after Vice President Mike Pence’s Ireland scandal, one can only hope that the mainstream media will finally confront Chair McDaniel and ask her to justify RNC spending at Trump’s properties.

Bottom line folks, as Yours Truly has repeatedly stated before, the brazen corruption of the Trump administration is not normal and the only way we can prevent him and his cronies from normalizing it is if we scream about it. It’s about time someone screamed about RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel’s plains and simple corruption!!

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Political Spending At Trump’s Properties Spikes 50 Fold

An interesting segment on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews says political spending at Trump’s properties has spiked 50 fold, from $119,000 during the 2011-2014 period to $5,600,000 during the 2017-2019 period. What’s even more troubling is that one Republican from California who is running for Congress essentially admitted that his fellow Republicans look at their Trump property spending as a bribe. He said, “When you have an event there or do something there, it signifies that you are supporting the president, and supporting what he is doing…It sends a clear message.” There is no other way to read this statement other than Republicans are spending money at Trump’s properties to buy favors from him–essentially bribing him. This kind of corruption which we see in third world dictatorships must never be tolerated here in the U.S.

It also turns out according to the Hardball segment that so far 90 Members of Congress have made a total of 188 visits to Trump’s properties and 250 Trump administration officials have made a total of 630 visits. In addition to this some 110 foreign officials from 60 countries have patronized Trump’s properties. Trump as we know has yet to fully divest from the said properties meaning he is flagrantly violating the emoluments clause of the U.S. constitution.

Bottom line folks, as Yours Truly has repeatedly stated before, the brazen corruption of the Trump administration is not normal and the only way we can prevent him and his cronies from normalizing it is if we scream about it. We must not allow this third world style corruption exhibited by Trump and his GOP to go unchallenged.

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Pompeo’s State Dept Complicit In Pence’s Corruption

You’ve heard about the fallout from Vice President Mike Pence’s recent visit to Ireland where he sought out a Trump property three hours away from Dublin, where he was scheduled to hold an official visit. Many including Yours Truly did not mince words and called this exactly what it was–a naked attempt by VP Pence to steer taxpayer funds towards Trump’s Irish property, the quintessential public corruption.

Well it turns out Dem Senator and 2020 Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has introduced an interesting little nugget to VP Pence’s Ireland scandal. Sen Warren wants to know the extent of Pompeo’s State Department’s involvement in VP Pence’s Ireland scandal.

In a sternly worded letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Sen Warren wrote, “I am writing to request information regarding recent reports that Vice President Mike Pence patronized President Donald Trump’s Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Doonbeg while in Ireland – at the ‘suggestion’ of the President. This transaction – another example of what appears to be open corruption in this administration – deepens my concerns about the ongoing ethics issues related to the President’s continued financial relationship with the Trump Organization and the abuse of taxpayer funds to enrich the President and his family through their business interests.”

Senator Warren, whose Presidential campaign appeared very shaky in the beginning prompting some mainstream media pundits to even suggest that she drop out, has since steadily caught steam in large part due to her “I can fix that” attittude. Americans have always been favorable to a “can do” attitude so it’s perfectly understandable why a lot of Dem primary voters are increasingly getting drawn into Sen Warren’s campaign. Hopefully Sen Warren has a “fix” for what appears to be unfettered corruption by the Trump administration. Given her stern letter to Sec Pompeo over VP Pence’s corruption, it is fair to assume that she’s serious about “fixing” the Trump-inspired corruption in Washington.

Bottom line folks, as Yours Truly has repeatedly stated before, the brazen corruption of the Trump administration is not normal and the only way we can prevent him and his cronies from normalizing it is if we scream about it. It is especially heartwarming to hear someone as highly placed as Sen Warren screaming loudly about this brazen corruption. Way to go Sen Warren. Fix this!!

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VP Pence’s PAC Spent 224K On Trump’s Properties

Fresh off the troubling news that Vice President Mike Pence went out of his way in Ireland–three hours out of his way–to find a Trump property to spend taxpayer funds on, we now find out that through his Great America Committee PAC, he has also spent roughly a quarter of a million ($224,000) at Trump’s properties.

There are a lot of concerns, valid ones, that President Trump is using his office to enrich himself and his family. You don’t have to take Yours Truly’s word for it because several prominent people have repeated the same assertion, most notably Richard Painter, who was Ethics Chief in former President George W Bush’s administration.

There is no other way to read VP Pence’s unfortunate actions other than to conclude that he is trying desperately hard to ingratiate himself to a President who is willfully using his office for profit. Pence is fully aware that there are a lot of concerns about Trump violating the Emoluments Clause and that several lawsuits have even been filed over this, including one by congressional Democrats. Any reasonable public official would therefore know that steering funds (private or public) towards Trump’s properties while he is still President and not fully divested from such businesses, creates the quintessential “appearance of impropriety”. VP Pence is fully aware of this but like many modern day Republicans, the desire to appease Trump overrides his better judgement–a sad state of affairs indeed.

Bottom line folks, as Yours Yours Truly stated after VP Pence’s Ireland stunt, the brazen corruption of the Trump administration is not normal and the only way we can prevent him and his cronies from normalizing it is if we scream about it. We must let VP Pence and other enablers know that we are not only watching, but that we are also enraged by their actions. History will look very kindly to Richard Painter and others who have refused to normalize this brazen corruption.

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VP Pence Steering Taxpayer Funds Towards Trump Property

Vice President Mike Pence was recently scolded for choosing to stay at a Trump property in Ireland that was three hours away from the capital Dublin where he was scheduled to hold official visits. Washington and many in the mainstream media were rightly outraged at the way VP Pence went out of his way to seek out a Trump property three hours away from Dublin–essentially steering taxpayer funds towards the property. This is one of the most egregious kinds of public corruption and the public was right to be outraged.

No credible argument can be made that VP Pence could not find suitable accomodation in Dublin for himself and his entourage. Pence’s decision to seek out Trump’s property three hours away was nothing more than a brazen attempt to ingratiate himself to Trump, who by all reasonable standards is using the presidency to enrich himself and his family. There are also reports that Trump himself suggested that VP Pence stay at his Irish property, which the already subservient Pence likely interpreted as a direct order.

Bottom line folks, the levels of corruption we are witnessing from the Trump administration have never been seen in any previous U.S. administration. The very fact that Trump to this day refuses to release his tax returns is in itself a testament to the lengths he would go to hide his shady financial dealings from the public. It was therefore very refreshing to hear the swift condemnation of VP Pence’s conduct by his peers in Washington, the mainstream media and indeed social media especially Twitter. The brazen corruption of the Trump administration is not normal and the only way we can prevent him and his cronies from normalizing it is if we scream about it.

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