#trumpswindle | #WhatTheyVotedFor
Steve Benen notes an obvious question:
The point isn’t that the arrangement is somehow untoward. Rather, what’s amazing about this is that our self-professed billionaire president has a re-election campaign operation in place, housed in a building the president still owns and profits from, and despite the fact that the operation has millions of dollars in the bank, it’s the Republican National Committee that’s using donor money to help Trump’s campaign with the rent.
This comes on the heels of Washington Post reporting from last summer, which said the RNC and other Republican political committees spent nearly $1.3 million at Trump-owned properties in 2017—and that was long before the year was even over.
Whether party donors actually mind any of this is unclear.
The actual answer is not so complicated: First, the upward redistribution of wealth and assets is the Republican Party’s raison d’être; and then there is the point that this is precisely #WhatTheyVotedFor.α
α At some point, we must accept that conservative populism means cronyism with an ameliorating dose of supremacism.
Image note: The Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Brandon/AP Photo)
Benen, Steve. “The many bills the RNC is willing to pay for Trump”. msnbc. 26 February 2018.