We all know Trump spouted loads of bullshit throughout his campaign in order to con voters, in particular, the disenfranchised, into electing him. He touted himself as a man of the people who, if elected, would put his own business interests aside in order to create great change in a government that was corrupt and elite.
Now, anyone with even a semblance of intelligence could see through the charlatan’s lies, but many voters, almost 62 million to be precise, believed the billionaire when he said,
“[I]f I become president, I couldn’t care less about my company. It’s peanuts. I wouldn’t ever be involved because I wouldn’t care about anything but our country, anything.”
Trump did get elected. And guess what? Trump lied.
Since that horrible, shocking night two weeks ago, Trump has done nothing to address the unprecedented number of conflicts of interest connected to his global business holdings and in a tweet last night, Trump admitted he doesn’t plan on it.
According to John Wonderlich, the executive director of the pro-transparency group The Sunlight Foundation, “President-elect Trump seems to think that he will be able to enrich himself as president and blame the press when he is caught. He’s going to learn soon that campaigning is very different from leading a country built on integrity and the rule of law.”
But does Trump actually care about “integrity” or “rule of law”? Of course not.
According to a Bloomberg Politics report, when Argentinian President Mauricio Macri called to congratulate Trump on his victory, Trump used it as an opportunity to ask the leader for help on a construction project he has in Buenos Aires which is at a standstill. Also last week, in between administration interviews, Trump met with three commercial partners from India to speak about the opportunities surrounding a luxury Trump tower being built just outside of Mumbai.
The Washington Post also reported that 100 foreign diplomats had attended a ‘sales pitch’ in Washington last week. The presentation, which apparently excited the attendees to the possibilities Trump’s presidency will hold, was specifically about Trump’s international hotels and many left inspired to ‘spend bigly.’
A few days ago, the Wall Street Journal made an appeal to Trump, asking him to liquidate his empire and put the money into a blind trust in order to truly lead this country in the transparent way he promised. Trump is obviously laughing at this call, and at those who voted him in, all the way to the bank.
And if we don’t like it? We can blame the media.
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