Profiteering from the Presidency. One thing Trump and his family are good at, though another abdication of his oath of office and traditional ethics, is his making a personal monetary profit from serving as president. The Washington Post, New York Times and other outlets have been trying to nail down financial information on the President since he won’t release his taxes as has every recent President. The Post filed a Freedom of Information request for the facts on how much the Trump Organization has been paid by the federal government. The State Department, which was to respond by a date certain, didn’t. They did release two unhelpful pages of data and said they’d get back to the newspaper…after the election. Of course. The taxpayers deserve and are owed that information…before the election. Every time Trump visits one of his facilities, which is quite often, the staff, Secret Service and others stay there too. And get charged for it. Trump’s sons say it’s at cost, but it isn’t. That’s what’s called profiteering. For those Trump supporters who believe he’d never profit from his position (which is illegal), demand the numbers be released and let the numbers prove that. To quote the President, “what have you got to lose?”
Chinese Chess. Another trick of the President is to go after Joe Biden’s son Hunter on the money he allegedly profited from in China when his father was vice president. Among the claims is that Hunter was paid $1.5 billion (with a B). No facts have been presented to that (uh, really a Billion dollars?) though what has been presented over the years drove Biden to say his son made a mistake in judgement though did nothing illegal. The President’s people claim among other transgressions, Hunter has bank accounts in China. Lo and behold, so does the President. The tax information obtained (legally) by the Times shows Trump International Hotels Management LLC, paid $188,561 in taxes in China while pursing licensing deals there from 2013-15 and maintained a bank account there. Which is a tad more taxes than the $750 Trump was paying the United States. The President never divested himself of his relationships or earnings from the many entities he created. He owns their success, failure and records.
New Names to be Enemies. In a political campaign, you try to name the enemy so you can focus the public. Trump's efforts at making that enemy Joe Biden have not worked so well, outside of Trump's loyal base. So, this week, the President is making Fauci an enemy, making the good doctor the name (brand) for many of the restrictions in society as we battle the coronavirus. Now there’s a name to go after. Oh, and to continue his demonizing the “elites” his base so hates, he’s adding Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes and Kristen Welker of NBC, the moderator for tomorrow night’s debate. Trump is setting up to blame Welker for what he’ll call an unfair debate. He skips working the refs and goes right for the kill. And he threatens to post the Stahl interview he did yesterday to the White House platform so he can get ahead of what he thinks will be a bad story Sunday. He knew what questions would be asked, and was asked them. He didn't like the question. Thus, Stahl is the enemy. Lovely.
Remember those immigrant children taken from their parents by the Trump Administration? Lawyers appointed by a federal judge to identify migrant families who were separated by the Trump Administration, according to NBC, say they have yet to track down the parents of 545 children. About two-thirds of those parents were deported to Central America, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Children have been permanently taken away from their parents by this Administration. Digest that and explain to me how that's "right?"
Polling. Was 2016 an aberration? Every professional, from pollster to reporters to pundits, are hedging their bets this year on the presidential election. Wise, yes. But because Trump’s victory in 2016 was such a shock, no one wants to make the same mistake twice. Fact is, the polls weren’t really wrong in 2016. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by about 3 million votes, which was basically what the polls predicted, but lost in the Electoral College, which is the ball game. Unless there’s an even bigger shock this year, Biden is heading for a landslide victory and a Democratic takeover of the Senate. Uh, so it looks.