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I SO agree with the second panel!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now this is exactly what I like about Trump. Robert Unanue, the CEO of Goya, expresses approval of Trump. The left organizes a boycott of Goya. Trump responds by endorsing Goya foods.Trump fights back in the culture war. Would a President Romney have ever done anything like this? Nope.
Citizens on the left are free to organize a boycott. Citizens on the right are free to organize a buycott. Presidents should neither endorse nor criticize a commercially available product that is causing no harm to anyone.
So, I take it that you don't care that he directly violated the law to do so? If you think I'm just using a strawman argument, here's the law in question: 5 CFR § 2635.702 - Use of public office for private gain.An employee shall not use his public office for his own private gain, for the endorsement of any product, service or enterprise, or for the private gain of friends, relatives, or persons with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity, including nonprofit organizations of which the employee is an officer or member, and persons with whom the employee has or seeks employment or business relations. The specific prohibitions set forth in paragraphs (a) through (d) of this section apply this general standard, but are not intended to be exclusive or to limit the application of this section.And yes, the President is an employee of the US Federal Government for this legal purpose. He is not a King and does not hold a unique office that is above the law. In fact, this was the exact reason that the founders named a President (which the term stands for 1st citizen) instead of a King (a person ordained as ruler of the people by God; not that most modern Kings/Queens would use this) was so that they would be beholden to the laws and norms of the people, just like everybody else. Now, they gave the President legal protections while in office in order to allow them to do their job without being hounded by lawsuits and investigations by their political opponents. To offset this, they gave Congress the authority and responsibility to impeach a sitting President when they flagrantly violate the law or harm the interests of the United States. The Senate Republicans have abdicated their duty. If the founders were able to witness these events, I am certain that they would have the Senate Republicans shot on sight for treason, followed quickly by the President.
So you're ok that the price to use POTUS as a sales model in the ovel office is a few nice words?It's bad enough that the president breaks the law by using his office to increase sales of a company, but it's really unconscionable that he can't even get a decent price for his time. The man really can not sell anything for a decent prize.
Trump isn't fighting a "culture war", whatever you think that may be. He's doing whatever benefits him personally with no regard for anyone else.If you want a president who will flout the law, work to make the country worse, and even put lives in danger if it's in his own interests then congratulations. That's what you've got.
When Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, Hillary Clinton, Anthony McCabe, James Comey, and Peter Strzok are sitting in prison cells, I'll be glad to discuss concerns about this inconsequential federal violation by President Trump.Until then, I don't care. I refuse to have only my side be held accountable for crimes. That's a sucker's game.
And until Trump is sitting in a prison cell for his plethora of grievous crimes committed both before and during his Presidential tenure, I too don't care about this "inconsequential federal violation."
I expect my president to fly above the fray. Presidents have far more important tasks than pandering to supporters and politicizing healthcare policies. I don't want my president to be a "counter puncher" as the Repubs phrase it. I want decorum and gravitas in the White House. There is far too much drama around this administration. But elect a clown, expect a circus.
Most people are sick of this. I love when people mention the great bean culture war. Priceless. No president would ever be so dumb to do this. Until now.
I have eaten Goya brand foods. I just was not that impressed by the quality nor quantity.
Politically-driven boycotts are anti-intellectual. They transform a discussion of principles and policy into a base threat to financial security.
This picture should become his presidential portrait.