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    Trump's swamp

    Should have started this long ago. Will begin with a story from today.

    Checking In at Trump Hotels, for Kinship (and Maybe Some Sway) - The New York Times

    Since Mr. Trump became president, there have been thousands of visits to his properties, not only by Mr. Trump himself, but by foreign leaders, lobbyists, Republican candidates, members of Congress, cabinet members and others with ties to the president. At least 90 members of Congress, 250 Trump administration officials and more than 110 foreign officials have been spotted at Trump properties since 2017, according to social media posts and counts by various watchdog groups.

    “It reflects the normalization of corruption — this is just how business works in Trump’s Washington, D.C.,” said Robert Weissman, the president of Public Citizen, a nonprofit ethics group. “We have witnessed a stunning degradation of ethical norms.”

    Federal Election Commission records, meanwhile, show that since January 2017, at least $5.6 million has been spent at Trump properties by political candidates or party organizations, including by Mr. Trump’s own political operation, according to an analysis by Public Citizen.

    In the four years before Mr. Trump’s bid for president, these same hotels and other venues collected a total of only $119,000 in federally regulated payments from political groups.

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    Prediction: several of us will mention the emoluments clause and how using your term of office to enrich yourself is wrong morally, and Trump supporters will come with
    1) Everyone does it
    2) There's nothing wrong with doing it
    3) Why are you libs so triggered?
    4) A shitty "he's your president" meme will be posted
    5) An anti-Trump meme will be posted (but at least it has a chance at actually being funny)
    6) There will be comparisons made to past Democratic presidents
    7) Someone will have to mention Hillary Clinton somehow
    8) There will be charges of Russian conspiracy by Trump supporters


    Ah, never mind, I'm in a bit of a snarky mood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by braces_for_impact View Post
    Prediction: several of us will mention the emoluments clause and how using your term of office to enrich yourself is wrong morally, and Trump supporters will come with
    1) Everyone does it
    2) There's nothing wrong with doing it
    3) Why are you libs so triggered?
    4) A shitty "he's your president" meme will be posted
    5) An anti-Trump meme will be posted (but at least it has a chance at actually being funny)
    6) There will be comparisons made to past Democratic presidents
    7) Someone will have to mention Hillary Clinton somehow
    8) There will be charges of Russian conspiracy by Trump supporters


    Ah, never mind, I'm in a bit of a snarky mood.
    We've certainly come a long way from Franklin's snuffbox

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    Quote Originally Posted by braces_for_impact View Post
    Prediction: several of us will mention the emoluments clause and how using your term of office to enrich yourself is wrong morally, and Trump supporters will come with
    1) Everyone does it
    2) There's nothing wrong with doing it
    3) Why are you libs so triggered?
    4) A shitty "he's your president" meme will be posted
    5) An anti-Trump meme will be posted (but at least it has a chance at actually being funny)
    6) There will be comparisons made to past Democratic presidents
    7) Someone will have to mention Hillary Clinton somehow
    8) There will be charges of Russian conspiracy by Trump supporters


    Ah, never mind, I'm in a bit of a snarky mood.
    snarky, yes.- but not incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnG View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by braces_for_impact View Post
    Prediction: several of us will mention the emoluments clause and how using your term of office to enrich yourself is wrong morally, and Trump supporters will come with
    1) Everyone does it
    2) There's nothing wrong with doing it
    3) Why are you libs so triggered?
    4) A shitty "he's your president" meme will be posted
    5) An anti-Trump meme will be posted (but at least it has a chance at actually being funny)
    6) There will be comparisons made to past Democratic presidents
    7) Someone will have to mention Hillary Clinton somehow
    8) There will be charges of Russian conspiracy by Trump supporters


    Ah, never mind, I'm in a bit of a snarky mood.
    snarky, yes.- but not incorrect.
    Or there's the obvious, they will simply avoid the thread like craven bitches because there's no way to avoid looking like complete bad-faith pieces of shit over the obviousness of their tactics

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    More on the Turnberry stopover. Apparently their per diem didn't even cover food and drinks

    https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/y...ute-to-kuwait/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deepak View Post
    More on the Turnberry stopover. Apparently their per diem didn't even cover food and drinks

    https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/y...ute-to-kuwait/
    You didn't expect Trump to comp them living expenses, did you? They could pay for local transportation and buy food in local stores. Or maybe they could just lose some weight. Servicemen need to keep in trim fighting shape. I'm sure that they could afford low calorie items like bread and water. The whole idea was for Trump's failing property to make money on these stopovers.

    Trump had deal with airport to send aircrews to his Scotland resort: report

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    Quote Originally Posted by Copernicus View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Deepak View Post
    More on the Turnberry stopover. Apparently their per diem didn't even cover food and drinks

    https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/y...ute-to-kuwait/
    You didn't expect Trump to comp them living expenses, did you? They could pay for local transportation and buy food in local stores. Or maybe they could just lose some weight. Servicemen need to keep in trim fighting shape. I'm sure that they could afford low calorie items like bread and water. The whole idea was for Trump's failing property to make money on these stopovers.

    Trump had deal with airport to send aircrews to his Scotland resort: report
    I mean, yeah but that's really squeezing the turnips at the bottom

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