Category Archives: Election 2016
Ethics attorneys Richard Painter, Chief Ethics Counsel for George W. Bush, and Norman Eisen, Chief Ethics Counsel for Barack Obama, have both taken the position that if Donald Trump does not sell his businesses and place his assets into a blind trust by December 19, the electors of the electoral college MUST REJECT HIM because he will be in violation of Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution from Day One of his Presidency.
Harvard Law Professor Larry Tribe, a scholar in constitutional law, agrees with those ethics attorneys and has stated that “Trump’s ongoing business dealings around the world would make him the recipient of constitutionally prohibited ‘Emoluments’ from ‘any King, Prince, or foreign State’ — in the original sense of payments and not necessarily presents or gifts — from the very moment he takes the oath.” One of the main purposes of the electoral college is to assure that a qualified person sits as President. In other words, the electors are not there to simply rubber-stamp a candidate. Tribe stated ““[T]o vote for Trump in the absence of such complete divestment… would represent an abdication of the solemn duties of the 538 Electors.” Read the entire article here:
Up to now, those who are fighting against a Trump Presidency have been asking electors to honor the will of the majority of Americans and vote for Clinton or to vote for what is “right”. This legal conclusion regarding the applicability of Article 1, Sec. 9 of the Constitution, however, changes everything. There is an ENORMOUS difference between a Constitutional provision that requires electors to reject Trump as President and asking them to vote their conscience or with the popular vote.
The Founding Fathers created the Electoral College because “[T]hey feared a tyrant could manipulate public opinion and come to power [and they] believed that the electors would be able to insure that only a qualified person becomes President. They believed that with the Electoral College no one would be able to manipulate the citizenry. It would act as check on an electorate that might be duped.” March Schulman at HistoryCentral (an educational site that has been online for over 20 years) explaining Hamilton’s Federalist papers.
Donald Trump is EXACTLY the kind of person who the Founding Fathers sought to protect us from – a tyrant who manipulated public opinion, possibly in collusion with Russia, to gain power and who is absolutely unqualified to sit as President. If that was not clear to some prior to the election, it is absolutely clear now.
- Russia’s interference with the Presidential election for the purpose of getting Trump elected has been established. Yet, despite the evidence, Trump continues to deny Russian involvement. That, alone, should invalidate Trump’s win.
- His selection of cabinet members and those who will be in charge of some of the most important agencies of the government is frightening and clearly not in the best interests of the people. Steven Bannon, alt-right promoter and supporter, as Chief Strategist, Mike Pompeo, Tea Party Member, for CIA Director, Michael Flynn, who has promoted fake conspiracy theories and has ties to Russia, for National Security Director, – just these three would be disturbing enough but it doesn’t stop there. Mitch McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, to head the Department of Transportation, Scott Pruitt, climate change denier, to head the EPA, Jeff Sessions, denied a federal judgeship for racist remarks, as Attorney General, Ben Carson, who admitted that he has no experience in running a federal agency, as head of Housing and Urban Development.
- He has refused to attend daily intelligence hearings but has time for his “thank you” tours where his massive ego is stroked by his supporters.
- He has already caused an international incident with China.
- He has essentially bribed an American company, Carrier, with a $7 Million tax break to keep some jobs in the United States and then lied about the number of jobs that he “saved” which sets a precedent for other companies, including his own, to receive the same sort of monetary incentive, with taxpayers footing the bill.
- The KKK and other white supremacists consider his win a “dream come true”
- He continues to refuse to reveal his tax returns and and will not set up a true blind trust. In light of his hundreds of business interests globally, this presents serious conflicts of interests questions.
Will Trump’s decisions as President be made to benefit America or his own personal interests or the interests of his children? Will our nation end up partnering with anti-democratic governments simply because Trump wants to expand his businesses or because he owes them a debt (such as his Presidential win)? Will our nation end up declaring war if one of his hotels or properties in a foreign land becomes a target of anti-capitalist groups and terrorists? Will the U.S. lose its allies and worldwide credibility which will affect our economy and safety? Is he in collusion with or controlled by Putin or other Russian interests? These are NOT questions that we should have to ask ourselves about the President of the United States.
WHAT MORE WILL IT TAKE TO CONVINCE ELECTORS THAT THEY CANNOT VOTE FOR THIS MAN? AND IF THEY WILL NOT ACT ON THEIR OWN TO HONOR THEIR DUTY AND PROTECT THIS NATION AND ITS CITIZENS, THEN CITIZENS AND APPROPRIATE ORGANIZATIONS SHOULD SUE, ON CONSTITUTIONAL GROUNDS, FOR AN INJUNCTION TO PREVENT THEM FROM CASTING THEIR VOTES FOR DONALD TRUMP.
There are some electors who are willing to be “faithless electors” – a term with a bad connotation. HOWEVER, some of these electors are planning on voting for a third party candidate. THIS WOULD BE A MISTAKE, a waste of their vote, and would most likely result in Trump becoming President. Why? Because if neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump receives the requisite 270 votes to secure the Presidency, the matter goes before the House of Representatives. The House will then cast their vote for one of the top three candidates. Yes, the same House of Representatives filled with Republicans who were not strong enough to fight Trump or who actually support him and would rather the nation be controlled by a corrupt demagogue instead of by Clinton or any other Democrat.
Other people seem willing to wait for Trump to be impeached, believing that it is inevitable. However, an impeachment does not guarantee removal of Trump from office. The House of Representatives, once again, has the power to impeach the President which is tantamount to an indictment. The Senate has the power to place the impeached person on trial. With both the House and Senate under GOP control, it is doubtful that Trump would be removed. Even if he is removed, his despicable and frightening cabinet members and appointees to federal agencies would remain in power.
The other thing to keep in mind is that under Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution, Congress can vote to approve of any gifts or payments received by the President. A Republican controlled Congress will most likely do just that.
THERE IS NO QUESTION: Trump must be stopped now, before he takes the oath in January.
According to Marc Schulman, editor of Historycentral.com, one of the reasons that the founding fathers established an electoral college was to protect the voters.
“The founding fathers were afraid of direct election to the Presidency. They feared
that a tyrant could manipulate public opinion and come to power. . . . Hamilton
and the other founders believed that the electors would be able to insure that only a
qualified person becomes President. They believed that with the Electoral College
no one would be able to manipulate the citizenry. It would act as check on an
electorate that might be duped.” See full article here:
Well, then, the electoral college should do its job – it should protect America from a tyrant named Donald Trump who has manipulated public opinion through the use of something that the forefathers could not have possibly imagined – the internet, which he used to spread lies, fear, hate, and misinformation. The electoral college should do its job and insure that only a qualified person becomes President. Donald Trump is NOT qualified for this great office and unless the electors have been deaf and blind or in a coma for the last 18 months, they know that this is a fact.
It is clear that the electoral college was never intended to be a “rubber stamp”. If that was the intention of the forefathers, they would have required that the electors cast their votes for the candidate who won the popular vote in their respective states. They did not do this. There is nothing in the Constitution or in federal law that requires this. Most of the requirements relating to how the electoral college should vote have been established at the State level and, according to the National Archives and Records Administration, only 26 of the 50 states have specific laws regarding this issue. Pennsylvania is not one of the 26.
The electors are people, most of whom, I presume, have families – children, parents, siblings. For the sake of the future of their families and of this nation, I ask them to take a long, hard look at what is happening now, even before Trump officially takes office as President, and I implore them not to vote for Trump.
–Trump has appointed an alt-right extremist (Steve Bannon) as his Chief Strategist – a man who has published stories such as these on his online “news site”: See more disgusting Breitbart headlines here:
–The KKK endorsed Trump and Richard Spencer, the leader of the alt-right in Dallas, feels that Trump’s election is a dream come true.
–Trump’s ties to Russia and Putin are becoming clearer with each passing day. Trump invited Russia to hack Clinton’s emails and now both the CIA and the NSA has stated that Russia did in fact hack the U.S. election. Paul Manafort, Trump’s advisor, was forced to step aside when his pro-Russia activities became public. Not only was Manafort a paid lobbyist for the previous pro-Russian leader of the Ukraine who now lives in Russia but he also received money to lobby for pro-Russian interests in the United States. Michael Flynn, the man Trump just named as national security advisor, has appeared on RT, the Russian government propaganda network, and attended a dinner in Moscow where he sat at the same table as Russian President Vladimir Putin. Flynn’s private consulting firm also recently registered to lobby for a Dutch company owned by a wealthy Turkish businessman close to President Erdogan of Turkey who has been accused of war crimes and arresting journalists.
Trump did not win the popular vote. In fact, as of the date of this post, Hillary Clinton is more than 1.3 Million votes ahead of Trump and there are still millions of votes being counted, mostly in Blue states. In light of the frightening events that are enfolding with respect to Trump and his cabinet picks, this is the time for electors to stop being rubber stamps and start doing their real job – protect this nation from tyranny and honor the will of the majority of Americans who do not believe in racism, divisiveness, and the weakening our own country by Russia. Do not reward corruption and do not allow a country such as Russia, who has never been a friend to the United States, to interfere with the United States’ treasured election process and benefit from their own crimes.
There are some who suggest that Trump can always be impeached. Impeachment is NOT the answer because even if it were to happen, we would be left with Mike Pence who would most likely select the same frightening people that Trump has chosen. We need the electors to stop Trump from ever taking office – PERIOD.
In Pennsylvania, Hillary Clinton lost by 68,236 votes. Gary Johnson and Jill Stein had a total of 191,565 votes.
In Florida, Hillary Clinton lost by 119,770 votes. Gary Johnson and Jill Stein had a total of 270,026 votes.
In Michigan, Hillary Clinton lost by only 11,837 votes. Gary Johnson and Jill Stein had a total of 242,867 votes.
If neither of these third party candidates had run and only 1 out of every 2 of their voters had cast their votes for Clinton, she would have won all of these major states.
Both Johnson and Stein knew that they couldn’t win. Both of them knew the kind of man Trump is and how dirty and deceitful his campaign against Hillary Clinton was and how important it was for this nation NOT to have Trump as its President. They would have been legends if they had said to their supporters “This election is too important for me to remain on the ballot and possibly splitting the vote. I am withdrawing and asking my supporters to use the power of their vote to prevent Donald Trump from ever taking office.” They would have been justified in doing this because Trump, as President, was not going to benefit or advance their own causes, whereas it might have been possible to work with Clinton. Instead, knowing that they couldn’t win, knowing what might happen, they remained in the race and now a racist, anti-women, anti-healthcare, pro-big business, climate change denier, narcissist, sexual predator, voter suppressor, and serial liar is going to be our next President.
Forget about addressing the “national state of emergency”, as Stein put it, which is being caused by climate change and forget about protecting the United States and the world and all of our children and descendants from the irresponsible and corrupt actions of corporations who want to continue raping the environment for the sake of putting more money into their own pockets. Trump, as most of you already know, does not believe in climate change and thinks that it’s a “Chinese hoax”. He has indicated that he wants to renege on the Paris Agreement – an agreement by 200 countries to reduce the carbon emissions of their countries. 200 countries finally decide on something because it’s THAT important and America, supposed leader of the free world, is going to sabotage the deal. He has also expressed the desire of doing away with the EPA. (Gary Johnson also does not believe in climate change so maybe his supporters don’t care much about this issue anyway – but they should. How can sane people not care about the kind of world they are going to leave to their children and other descendants?)
Forget about protecting a woman’s right to control her own body or to be free from sexual harassment or to receive equal pay. Trump’s position, as stated during his campaign, is that there should be some sort of punishment for women who seek to have an abortion. He believes that his appointment(s) to the Supreme Court will “automatically” reverse Roe vs Wade. Trump, by his own words on that infamous Billy Bush videotape, also believes that his status as a “star” gives him the right to kiss and grab the genitals of any woman without their permission. His son, Donald Jr., thinks that a woman who is being sexually harassed at her job should just go and find another job. So to any woman who voted for Johnson or Stein and helped this group of anti-women rich, white men into office, I hope you’re happy.
Forget about helping college kids with student debt – something that Stein AND Clinton had proposed. Clinton wanted to make public college education free and to help students who already had debt to reduce the interest rates and terms of their student loans. So, for all of you who have student debt which is NOT dischargeable in bankruptcy or who have children who will be attending college and who voted for Johnson or Stein, thanks a lot.
Forget about keeping lobbyists, Wall Street, and “insiders” out of politics. Trump’s entire economic team is a bunch of white, male billionaires, hedge fund managers, and bank CEOs whose economic plan will, of course, benefit primarily the rich, do away with consumer protection such as the Dodd-Frank Act, and give them free reign to operate with less regulation so that they can continue to rip-off the American people. Trump (and Johnson) want people to believe that trickle-down economics is a good thing – make the rich (including corporations) richer and they will create jobs. Trickle-down economics has never worked and it’s the kind of economic plan that Bush put into action which resulted in the Great Recession. So, again, thanks so much for voting for Johnson and Stein without having a clue about how economics actually works.
These are only a few of the areas which affect every citizen that will be detrimentally affected by a Trump presidency, possibly for decades. If you are a person of color or part of the 30% of Americans who do not consider themselves Christians, be very worried since the Trump administration is backed by the KKK and the alt-right. Even if Trump now says that he doesn’t approve of any racist acts, the fact is, he caused it with his fear mongering and hate-filled speeches and did nothing to control the obvious racism at his rallies. The KKK, who threw a victory party after Trump’s election, now thinks that their position and actions are permissible and stamped with the approval of the president.
So, thanks a lot Gary Johnson and Jill Stein and all of your delusional, uninformed supporters.
Before you vote, arm yourself with facts, not fiction.
Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that he will make America great again but other nations are laughing at us – laughing at the fact that a con man like Trump could make it this far in a Presidential election.
Vilnius, Lithuania: an artist painted a street mural of Donald Trump and Putin kissing.
Scotland: After Trump congratulated Scotland on Brexit even though Scotland voted against Brexit, many Scots voiced their opinion of Trump directly to Trump:
@realDonaldTrump You are a fucking moron.
— Peter Serafinowicz (@serafinowicz) June 24, 2016
@realDonaldTrump Scotland voted IN you moron
— lily (@lilyallen) June 24, 2016
@realdonaldtrump Scotland voted Remain, you weapons-grade plum.
— Sue Perkins (@sueperkins) June 24, 2016
Britain: As reported in the Washington Post, the British Parliament debated on Jan. 18 whether to ban Trump from the country for peddling “hate speech.” Even though only the Home Secretary can actually ban someone in Britain, more than 570,000 people signed a petition demanding that he be outlawed.
Germany: A few weeks after Trump announced his candidacy, the newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung stated: “Weird, egomaniac, racist…yet he leads in the polls; how can that be?” In 2015, an article appeared in Der Spiegel, the leading news magazine in Germany, which concluded “It may turn out that Trump is doing his country a major service with his candidacy because he is demonstrating very vividly what is rotten about this system. With all due respect, he’s a useful idiot.” And this float was part of the city of Düsseldorf’s annual Carnival parade. “Make Fascism Great Again.”
Vatican City (The Pope): On February 18, Pope Francis said “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.”
England: Boris Johnson (now Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs) on Trump’s comments about areas in London being so radicalized that the police fear for their lives. “Donald Trump’s ill-informed comments are complete and utter nonsense. Crime has been falling steadily in both London and New York — and the only reason I wouldn’t go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump.”
France: President Francois Hollande said to the French Press Association that Trump’s “excesses end up making you feel like you want to retch,” He also said that Trump’s comments about the Khan family were “hurtful and humiliating.” French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, speaking on France Inter radio, called Trump’s comments about women “sordid and revealing about his personality.” The French newspaper Le Monde calls Trump “a wrecking ball”. France’s Liberation Newspaper August 27th cover story, “Trump: The American Nightmare.”
Mexico: The Foreign Relations Department issued a statement about Trump’s proposals concerning Mexico and Mexican immigrants. “We maintain our position that these comments reflect prejudice, racism and total ignorance.” Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in a statement to the Excelsior newspaper: “There have been episodes in human history, unfortunately, where these expressions of strident rhetoric have led to very ominous situations,” he said. “That’s how Mussolini got in, that’s how Hitler got in.”
Belgium: Alderman Philippe Close, responsible for the tourism of Brussels, has called Trump “a totally vulgar clown.” after Trump called the city a hellhole. Insulted people began tweeting. One showed a picture of LaGrand Place and “WHERE is the #hellhole @realDonaldTrump? Brussels or your mouth???”
Afghanistan: Zardasht Shams, the deputy minister of information, said to the Daily Beast: “Sorry, I’m not well updated on this fool’s policy or stand on Afghanistan.”
The Taliban in Afghanistan: After watching the first Trump vs Clinton debate, the Taliban said through a spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, that Trump is a “non-serious” candidate who says “anything that comes to his tongue.” Yes, even the Taliban can see what Trump supporters cannot. How embarrassing is that?
Donald Trump’s mouth and tweets have done far more damage to this country than any of Hillary Clinton’s emails if, in fact, there are any emails to prove that any damage was done at all because as of today, there is NOTHING.
WHO HASN’T CRITICIZED TRUMP?
Vladimir Putin (former KGB agent, now President of the Russian Federation). In December 2015, Putin said about Trump “He’s a very lively man, talented without doubt.” Trump, of course, has praised Putin on numerous occasions.
Kim Jong Un (maniac of North Korea): Jeung Sang Wook of Korean Business News Daily commenting on Kim Jong Un’s endorsement of Trump said that “Kim Jong-Un is not in favor of Donald Trump’s policies on guns as, obviously, he’d like to see an America that is weaker militarily. However, he does apparently feel that of all of the potential United States candidates, Trump has the closest mindset to himself.”
Donald Trump is the last person who can make this nation greater than it already is.
Trump supporters may not care about the opinions that leaders and citizens of other countries have of their candidate, but they should. I know that I don’t want any member of my family having to go to war because of the insulting, indecent, crass, racist, and ignorant comments that come out of Trump’s mouth or through his fingers on Twitter. We all know that Trump’s kids certainly won’t ever be on the front lines of any war. The only thing his sons use their guns for is to kill animals for trophies which they collect like Trump collects wives. I don’t want to feel unsafe or have any member of my family feel unsafe when we travel outside of the United States because people in other countries assume that just because we’re Americans, we share the same beliefs as this hateful demagogue. Trump puts ALL Americans at risk in this way.
So Trump supporters can believe all the conspiracy theories they want about emails and blindly follow their “hero” over a cliff. I’ll be voting for the OTHER candidate on November 8th – the sane one who isn’t a worldwide joke – and I implore those who really do want America to continue to be viewed as a great and powerful nation to do the same.