Will no member of Congress from Arkansas speak out against Donald Trump using his office to advance his private business interests?
The windfall his Washington hotel has received thanks to his office was bad enough and still being litigated, but yesterday laid his corruption bare. He chose his Doral golf resort in Florida as the site for the 2020 G-7 summit.
The Washington Post put it plainly and accurately. This is not fake news:
That decision is without precedent in modern American history: The president used his public office to direct a huge contract to himself.
It was a minor sidelight in a horror show of a day. Trump’s craven capitulation to Turkey’s ethnic cleansing of our former allies, the Kurds, was a bigger, more awful story. His chief of staff’s public admission of a quid pro quo in dealing with Ukraine was another.
But this graspy self-dealing: It’s an obvious violation of the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which prohibits public officials from getting payments from foreign governments without consent of Congress. Tapping the public till to feed his own pocket sharply illustrates Trump’s lawlessness. He must be impeached by the House and Republican senators must be made to defend the indefensible. Sadly, they will. More sadly, those from Arkansas will know it carries little political fallout.
But still we must ask: Have French Hill, Tom Cotton, John Boozman, Rick Crawford, Bruce Westerman and Steve Womack no decency? No courage to call out the man called by the husband of White House advisor Kellyanne Conway a narcissistic sociopath? For anything?
They are, of course, beholden to the 40 percent of voters who cheer Trump wildly despite the mounting pile of transgression. The percentage is higher in Arkansas. Hillary had a word for some of them.