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Reich writes: "We must not normalize the fact that the president and his family are personally profiting from foreign business deals while they serve in government."

Former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich. (photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star)
Former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich. (photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star)


We Must Never Normalize the Trump Presidency

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Facebook Page

09 January 18

 

e must not normalize the fact that the president and his family are personally profiting from foreign business deals while they serve in government.

According to a new report, Jared Kushner's real-estate company has received a $30 million investment from Menora Mivtachim, one of Israel’s largest financial institutions. The deal comes as Trump has tasked Kushner with developing the administration's Middle East strategy and brokering peace talks betweens the Israelis and Palestinians.

Under any other administration, this sort of conflict of interest would be a major scandal. The story would dog the White House for weeks, congress would demand answers, and officials would be forced to resign. But in the Trump era, these stories have become the norm. We must not let it.

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+17 # chapdrum 2018-01-09 14:27
Just are "we" supposed to do about it?
 
 
+9 # PCPrincess 2018-01-09 16:22
I must agree with you here. If someone as well known, as well-connected, as well-read as Robert Reich can't do anything but write about it, what are we to do?

Quite frankly, the only real weapon we have left in the U.S. is one that our citizenry seems unwilling to use in large enough numbers. The weapon? The pocket. That is the ONE true power other than, say, a revolutionary war, and it may actually be more powerful if used by enough people. The ONLY people with the ability to make necessary changes are those who refuse to do so as long as their pockets are stuffed by the oligarchs. Therefore, we must hit the oligarchs where it hurts, we must STOP spending money in their businesses, period.

I'll leave the thought of how this could work open for discussion.
 
 
+15 # Jaax88 2018-01-09 20:07
Think. Sometime later vote.
 
 
+21 # Jim Young 2018-01-09 20:22
Quoting chapdrum:
Just are "we" supposed to do about it?


Start with demanding congress show us his tax returns and the appropriate legal authorities every one of his suspected conflicts of interests case details.

Why do I keep thinking we could have saved the country a huge amount of damage by making him simply show us the tax returns long enough before the election to use them to vet them?
 
 
+3 # chapdrum 2018-01-10 18:04
How are "we" supposed to accomplish this, if the people we've put in office to represent us will not do it?
 
 
+16 # dwainwilder 2018-01-09 20:42
Off the top of my head, I'd say we should choose our battles carefully, as every parent learns. Trump and his minions are capable of creating endless amounts of craziness. It's one of the ways dictators come to power, simply wearing out the public and media with trying to keep up with all their shenanigans. That in itself is a kind of normalization: a continuous fatigue that becomes habitual.

So let's stay 'bright-eyed and bushy-tailed'an d concentrate on one or three matter. If we all do that we will cover the whole field the Trump Phenomenon without being trumped.
 
 
+3 # Jim Young 2018-01-10 16:46
Quoting chapdrum:
Just are "we" supposed to do about it?


Get out and talk to as many in your community as you can, learn about multiple sides of issues. Educate yourself, friends and neighbors on voting (and verifying your voter registration by the deadlines). Join marches and rallies if for no other reason than to learn what others are thinking and doing (we had a Unity Action Pac meeting of 45 groups a week after the inauguration to get cross feed from other groups, picking some to stay in closer contact with as we maintain informal contacts with others.) At weekly/monthly corner rallies, I found it very productive to carry a sign I copied from an Anthropologist at one of the rallies that said "Who You Voted For is Less Important Than What You Stand For"

By staying open to talking to anyone,we were able to get people from all backgrounds and beliefs to take the time to discuss issues with us instead of just shouting at each other, and never failed to get at least 1 or more Trump voters to talk to us.

After the Fire and Fury book came out, was the first time we had one start out (and stay), belligerent a bit longer, but did at least get the person to quit using foul language as we politely asked what issues and action they would stand in favor of. It's the first time one left silent on all issues.

We don't worry about who they vote for as long as they get a better idea of all the issues (and vote). More turnout always does better.
 
 
-5 # Depressionborn 2018-01-11 09:21
Run for Congress and get rich? After all, chapdrum, it is really your money anyway.
 
 
0 # Saberoff 2018-01-09 19:20
"we must not normalize the fact that the president and his family are personally profiting from foreign business deals while they serve in government."

Like Bill and Hill did? You were part of that government, no?
 
 
+22 # economagic 2018-01-09 19:42
It IS a major scandal, as is the failure of the MSM to cover it as such.
 
 
+22 # Elroys 2018-01-09 19:47
With the R's in control of Congress, the WH and Supreme court, we are in trouble. The trump-grifters are whores at best, corrupt morons more likely. trump is the R's wet dream - he now does what they say as long as they make nice to his ego and tell him how great and wise he is, how they think he's a genius and is the best president in US history - he will give them anything they want for a few strokes. And the Rs are really in control now - and they are even worse the trump - they are not dummies (some are clearly certifiable). This is their 40-50 year dream - destroy FDR's New Deal, rip out Social security, medicare / medicaid and all social programs from the 99% and steal all the goodies for their puppeteers and masters - big donors.
What do we need to do? It's quite simple: VOTE. 100% of "us" must vote. REALITY strikes: November 2018 is around the corner. We will have 2 choice in each district - plus 1/3 of us will have 2 senate choices - one with a D in front of the name, one with an R.

Frankly, I do not care what name the D comes in front of - VOTE for that one. Though Ds are pretty lame, they are in a different universe than the Rs. D's are not really evil - the Rs have turned to the dark side - 100% have flushed their values, morals and care for American down the toilet, and it is our job to see they are flushed for good.
What can you do - VOTE for the D in 2018. Simple - 100% for Ds.
VOTEVOTEVOTEVOTEVOTEVOTEVOTEVOTEVOTEVOTEVOTEVOTEVOTEVOTEVOTEVOT
 
 
+8 # Stilldreamin1 2018-01-09 19:56
Cheap crook
 
 
+2 # Kiwikid 2018-01-09 21:23
I expect this will all be swept up in the Mueller inquiry. I can't imagine why it would have been taking so long otherwise.
 
 
+5 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-01-09 22:20
I wish highly placed democrats like Reich would focus on reforming the democratic party and lay off of the Trump bashing for a while -- like all the way to 2020.

He's only preaching to the already converted. And he makes himself look stupid when he suggests that there have never been conflicts of interest before Trump: "Under any other administration, this sort of conflict of interest would be a major scandal." Most of us can remember plenty of conflicts of interest in past administrations . I remember the AP report in spring of 2016 that demonstrated that 50% of the people Hillary met as Secretary of State were donors to the Clinton Foundation.

Jared Kusher is horrid and i hope he is fired soon. But he is not the first grifter to work in the white house or administration.
 
 
+8 # Wise woman 2018-01-09 22:25
Other than getting these people out of office in November, a non-violent revolution seems to be the only way. Who's going to lead it?
 
 
-22 # Depressionborn 2018-01-10 02:10
Reich makes no sense. What law is broken?
 
 
+8 # Diane_Wilkinson_Trefethen_aka_tref 2018-01-10 14:24
Quoting Depressionborn:
Reich makes no sense. What law is broken?
US Constitution, Art I, Section 9
 
 
-5 # Depressionborn 2018-01-11 09:30
Quoting Diane_Wilkinson_Trefethen_aka_tref:
Quoting Depressionborn:
Reich makes no sense. What law is broken?
US Constitution, Art I, Section 9


Art I, Section 9 is good. It does not apply to citizens of other countries. They have their own laws. We do not obey their systems.
 
 
+1 # Diane_Wilkinson_Trefethen_aka_tref 2018-01-13 14:55
Quoting Depressionborn:
Art I, Section 9 is good. It does not apply to citizens of other countries. They have their own laws.
We do not obey their systems.

Now you are the one who isn’t making sense. Article I, Section 9 states, “And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under [the United States] shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

In other words, AMERICANS serving in the US government may not accept ANY KIND of present or payment from ANY foreign State, “without the Consent of the Congress.”

This has nothing to do with prohibiting behavior by OTHERS, only prohibiting behavior by AMERICANS.
 
 
+13 # Blackjack 2018-01-10 09:54
Tell that to most of the MSM, who manage to keep Trump front and center of every report and in a way that makes it appear as though his thuggish presidency is "normal."
 
 
0 # Secret Squirrel 2018-01-14 23:13
How about the MSM who normalized Hillary Clinton's socipathic warmongering and actively sabotaged the campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Trump? Your condemnation is highly selective.
 
 
+14 # ellen9 2018-01-10 09:58
What can we do about it? VOTE, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE, VOTE. People should be required to pay a fine if they don't vote; they do that in Australia.
 
 
-5 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-01-10 21:57
ellen -- we need good candidates to vote for. In 2016, the choice was between Clinton and Trump. Why bother voting at all? I voted for Jill Stein.
 
 
+4 # Robbee 2018-01-10 10:05
We Must Never Normalize the Trump Presidency, Robert Reich,
09 January 18

point is - "we must not normalize the fact that the president and his family are personally profiting from foreign business deals while they serve in government."

when dickhead breaks the emoluments clause of our constitution, he breaks our constitution

we the people don't get to vote, that's our involvement, on this until dickhead runs for prez again

if msm wants to talk about this, they do

if someone wants to litigate over this, they do

about litigation, what's the status?

rather than ask us what WE intend to do about it? robert? a status report on msm coverage, or pending lit, would be more telling, thanks?

ya know? nader founded a so-called "center for democracy" - what are you up to, if anything, ralph?

governments in foreign countries where dickhead and kashers do business fall over each other doing dickhead and companies wondrous favors! - and, when visiting, to stay anywhere but dickhead hotel in d.c. would be politically incorrect!

who watches the fox in charge of this henhouse?
 
 
+1 # Depressionborn 2018-01-11 09:32
sorry Rob:
Dec 21, 2017 - A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a pair of lawsuits claiming that President Donald Trump's failure to divest himself of his real estate empire and other business holdings violated the Constitution's provision banning receipt of foreign “emoluments” while in public office. U.S. District Court Judge George ...
 
 
+2 # Robbee 2018-01-11 17:11
Quoting Depressionborn:
sorry Rob:
Dec 21, 2017 - A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a pair of lawsuits claiming that President Donald Trump's failure to divest himself of his real estate empire and other business holdings violated the Constitution's provision banning receipt of foreign “emoluments” while in public office. U.S. District Court Judge George ...

- thanks! i read about that bad dismissal and i'll be hugely disappointed if that trial-level decision is not appealed!
 
 
+1 # Robbee 2018-01-11 17:24
- the news report goes on to add -

Two similar suits remain pending in other federal courts. One, filed by the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia, is pending before a judge in Greenbelt, Md. The other, filed by nearly 200 Democratic federal lawmakers, was filed in a court in the nation’s capital. The judges assigned to those cases have not yet ruled on similar motions to dismiss them.

One attorney for CREW and the hotel and restaurant plaintiffs, Deepak Gupta, vowed an appeal to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“We respectfully disagree with the district court’s decision,” Gupta said in a statement. “There is no question that there will be an appeal, and our legal team is in the process of exploring our next steps.”

A CREW official called Daniels’ ruling a “setback."

“The Constitution’s emoluments clauses are core protections against destabilizing foreign and domestic corruption. We never thought we would have to sue the president to enforce them,” said Noah Bookbinder, the group’s executive director. “We hoped that President Trump would take the necessary steps to avoid violating the Constitution before he took office. He did not, and we were forced to bring our landmark emoluments case because the plaintiffs in this case — and the American people — have been directly harmed by the president’s violations. While today’s ruling is a setback, we will not walk away from this serious and ongoing constitutional violation.”
 
 
+2 # lfeuille 2018-01-12 01:45
For technical reasons. It was a matter of standing according to the court. Susposedly only Congress has the power to enforce this provision. Their method of enforcement would be impeachment. It is still unconstitutiona l.
 

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