Based on my post from yesterday, I am starting a new series, called Easy Answers. Hope springs eternal, after all. I will publish the question I sent to my congressional representatives along with some context for my concerns; if and when they reply, I will put up a new post with their answer. If they reply with some boilerplate bullshit, then I will select the passage that seems to be the answer, then call his office and ask the poor twenty-something on the other end to verify that this is what his/her boss is comfortable with being published.
Should be fun.
So yesterday, the New York Times published the transcript of the presumptive president-elect’s interview with them. The situation was already weird, with the PPE at first declining to be interviewed because the Times didn’t “agree to the terms and conditions.”
Of course he reversed himself. I imagine someone must have explained to him that the press doesn’t have to agree to “terms and conditions” to interview an elected official, especially the President. First Amendment and all that, eh wot?
It’s pretty rough reading. The man is who he is, and those who thought he might rise to the challenge once he had greatness thrust upon ‘im are being disillusioned at a ferocious pace.
Here’s the quote I worked from yesterday:
In other words, in theory, I can be president of the United States and run my business 100 percent, sign checks on my business, which I am phasing out of very rapidly, you know, I sign checks, I’m the old-fashioned type. (NYT, 11/23/16)
And in case you thought he was just riffing1, he repeats himself:
But in theory I could run my business perfectly, and then run the country perfectly. And there’s never been a case like this where somebody’s had, like, if you look at other people of wealth, they didn’t have this kind of asset and this kind of wealth, frankly. It’s just a different thing. (NYT, 11/23/16)
You might very well think that the man could not be telling us more clearly that the plutocracy has dropped all pretense of democratic faith, but let’s check in with Sen. Isakson (R-GA) and Sen. Perdue (R-GA):
The president-elect has stated that he could “theoretically” run his business empire while handling the duties of the office.
Do you agree with his statement?
Now we wait.
1 Just kidding. He’s always just riffing.