Constitutional crisis, day one

I couldn’t watch it. But CNN tells me that Donald managed the swearing in without biting his tongue off, or anyone else’s for that matter. And that’s enough. We have ourselves a new president.

And now we have ourselves a problem.

…the minute Trump was sworn in, he violated Article I, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution, known as the emoluments clause.

Trump has already violated the Constitution. And it’s nothing trivial, for sure. It’s one thing for a president to go dumping trash within the city limits of Bumfuck, Iowa, and be guilty of a misdemeanor. More problematic would be if he busted some guy in the chops in a Newark Hooters, drawing a state attorney general’s attention.

But when he violates the U.S. Constitution, he’s asking for it.

People in the federal government aren’t allowed to take anything at all from any foreign government entity…

[But] his business empire is taking in a stream of payments from foreign governments — money that ultimately goes into his pockets.

For example, the Kuwait National Day celebration, thrown by the Kuwaiti embassy, will be held at Trump’s downtown D.C. hotel in February.

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd. (ICBC), which is controlled by the Chinese state, is currently paying rent for tenancy in the Manhattan Trump Tower (according to mortgage documents filed in 2012, it is the Tower’s largest office resident).

Donald is daring anybody to come after him. It’s alpha male bullshit on the order of: You have the balls? We’ll see.

Thankfully the Constitution is clear on the grounds for Trump’s defenestration: “…any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.” So that’s not the problem. The country’s courage seems to be the matter.

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