Crooked Hillary? Crooked Donald?
|Trump and Bondi at Mar-a-Lago|
HBO’s John Oliver presented a program he labeled “Scandals” in which, over a twenty minute period, he carefully (and with much humor) traces both the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump scandals and compares them, reaching a hysterical result in which Clinton’s misdeeds are overwhelmed by Trump’s. See the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1Lfd1aB9YI.
Donald Trump doesn’t understand basic morality, nor the rules as to what is acceptable conduct and what is not. A major worry, not much considered by the voting public, is what is going to happen to the running of the humongous Trump Organization if Donald were elected president. That organization has influence in many a foreign country, where it profits from deals with those countries and with major players who are foreign nationals. Newsweek published a major article about this; see http://www.newsweek.com/2016/09/23/donald-trump-foreign-business-deals-national-security-498081.html. If Donald (or his family) is still in charge of the Trump Organization when he’s president, conflicts of interest will occur daily. Trump has said he would put his holdings into a “blind trust,” but seemed to think it would be okay that his family ran the blind trust. That is a misunderstanding of what a blind trust is like; for the rules see http://congressionalresearch.com/RS21656/document.php Certainly it is impossible to imagine President Donald Trump ignoring his company’s ongoing business dealings—matters he has handled up close and personal all his life—and letting his finances be in the hands of a stranger. Even if he promises to follow the rules, his past history makes such a promise laughable. If Trump promised to stop attending to his business interests, one doubts he could do it. If he were caught looking into things or making business decisions (which sounds very likely to me—how about you?), he’d probably just say “To hell with it,” resigning in frustration and going back to doing what he most likes to do: making deals. In that case enter President Mike Pence.