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.
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.
Over the last several days, Julian Assange and Wikileaks have been releasing thousands of emails, mostly relating to John Podesta, the Chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Nothing earth-shaking has been revealed by those leaks. For the most part, they have shown how political campaigns – all political campaigns – are run. What is disturbing, however, is the following:
First, all of the leaks have been about Hillary’s campaign. Wikileaks has not released anything relating to Donald Trump. Some claim that Trump doesn’t use email but what about every other person who is or was involved in his campaign. What about Corey Lewandowski or Paul Manafort or Roger Ailes or Steve Bannon or Roger Stone? Wouldn’t it be interesting to see their communications?
Second, it has become very clear that Wikileaks and Julian Assange is no longer about anti-secrecy. In fact, a strong case can be made that Assange, Trump’s campaign, and Russia are closely tied together and have been trying to influence the outcome of the Presidential election. For instance,
(a) How did Sputnik, a Russian propaganda site, get a hold of an email from Sidney Blumenthal to John Podesta leaked by Wikileaks before anyone else did?
(b) Why did Sputnik deliberately misrepresent the facts in that email by saying that Blumenthal had made a statement about Benghazi when in fact the statement was made in a story that Blumental was simply forwarding to Podesta?
(c) Why did Trump, only hours later, read from that erroneous story from Sputnik at a rally in Pennsylvania and how and from whom did he get that piece of propaganda?
(d) How is it that Roger Stone, Trump’s ally, knew that a story was coming out from Wikileaks about Podesta even before the email was leaked (he tweeted about it)?
Why would Assange want to help Trump? Assange has been in hiding trying to avoid a rape charge in Sweden. Perhaps the Trump camp promised him a pardon if Trump got elected. This is not that far fetched since the Sven Court just upheld the warrant for Assange’s arrest. Why would Putin want Trump elected? Because he knows that he would be able to manipulate Trump who has already expressed his admiration for Putin on more than one occasion.
Ecuador’s government recently shut down Assange’s internet access. Wikileaks has stated that it is trying to find a way around that. Even if they do, in light of the apparent ties between Assange, Trump’s camp, and the Russian propaganda site Sputnik, and since it’s clear that Roger Stone and Assange were communicating prior to the leaks, I feel that the media should refuse to publish any further leaks if and when they become available since those leaks and Assange’s credibility are questionable. Instead, the media should do some serious investigative work for a change and try to find out how Roger Stone knew about the leaks before they happened, why no leaks about anyone in Trump’s camp is being released, and how Trump got a hold of the erroneous report from Sputnik which he quoted from at his Pennsylvania rally.
Perhaps no one cares anymore since a Trump victory at this point is unlikely. However, we should care. For months, Trump has subjected the entire nation to a barrage of lies, including a claim that Hillary has Russian ties. Yet, he has never released his tax returns so there is no way of knowing whether he has any financial interests tied to Russia and Paul Manafort, who was in charge of Trump’s campaign, clearly did have pro-Putin ties. Now this incident has occurred. Even if Trump loses the election, there has been talk that he won’t be going away; that he’ll continue to push his anti-everything agenda. I, for one, would like to know whether Russia and Julian Assange have anything to do with that agenda.