Why does Donald Trump get a pass?
Remembering back to the George W Bush administration particularly early in the Iraq war the administration came under fire mostly by those opposed to the war over certain administration connections. Dick Cheney came under a great deal of fire because he had been the chairman and ceo of Halliburton Company. Halliburton became one of the biggest Iraq war contractors. It is said that they made over $39 billion thru out the war. The administration came under a great deal of scrutiny over this connection. Whether there was any impropriety has never been investigated and the possible conflict of interest since forgotten.
As recently as 2012 Mitt Romney running on the republican ticket for president of the United States came under a great deal of scrutiny for his past association with Bain Capital. Even though his interest had been rendered inactive the stigma of his connections to other fund managers and global bankers cost him votes. Many are quick to blame his loss on his Mormonism. I believe the distrust of his business connections played a larger part.
The left and right greatly criticized President Obamas appointment of Jeffrey Immelt, ceo of General Electric as head of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. This was described by Forbes Magazine as “The Unholy Marriage Of GE And President Obama At The Altar Of Industrial Policy“.
Conservatives rail against Hillary Clinton’s global connections through the Clinton Foundation. It is widely thought to be a slush fund for the Clintons and their associates based on a tax exempt pay to play scheme. It’s seen as a vehicle to peddle influence and widely criticized by conservatives across the board.
Even today there are conservatives critical of Ted Cruz because Heidi Cruz until taking a leave of absence, had a job as a managing director at Goldman Sachs. The thought is he may not be impartial to banking interests.
There are countless other examples.
My point here is not to judge or promote any of these concerns as valid or invalid. I only point them out as examples of issues that have impacted voter sentiment. My point is to pose the question, why does Donald Trump get a pass? The wide support he receives seems to overlook the fact that he and his family are the sole owner of a multi-national corporation currently doing large amounts of business both domestic and over seas.
Many are poised to place in the oval office someone who makes their living (and is darn good at it) garnering favorable treatment directly from governments. The magnitude of any project Mr. Trump undertakes requires a great deal of government and private sector cooperation no matter what country it is in. Land acquisition, supporting infrastructure, favorable banking, favorable tax treatment, and favorable labor conditions all play into “making a great deal”. Mr. Trump has already admitted to being one of those guys that knows how to play the game to get things done. That is his excuse for backing democrat candidates and causes. Where is the concern over the possibility of conflict of interest?
In bringing this up I don’t even claiming to believe that Mr. Trump would engage in any impropriety but that the opportunity is there. I actually like and respect Mr. Trump as a great business man and the embodiment of the American dream. He’s also saying things that need to be said. My point is even if he went out of his way to avoid conflict he couldn’t help it. During a presidents term no matter what is done or said carries the weight of the office of the president of the United States. Many would not see an email from Eric Trump as coming from The Trump Organization LLC but from the United States presidents son. That is the way many would see things and no matter how hard they tried in many cases the disconnection would never be made.
Mr. Trump in the oval office would be a boom for his business and he knows it.
For you to figure out is how much you really trust Mr. Trump. Will he always work in the best interest of the American people against huge temptation or is he a brutal business man that is “really really good at making deals” at any cost? We can’t afford to be wrong.
As I leave you to your critical thinking I leave you with just this little bit of levity. Truth in comedy.