Shut it down. Now.
The argument, as it goes, is that even if there is no impropriety, the Clinton Foundation just looks like a conduit for improper influence over a Clinton presidency.
It doesn’t matter, editorial boards argue, that Bill Clinton said he will step down from the Foundation, or that the Foundation will no longer take foreign donations, should Hillary Clinton be elected President.
They say the mere existence of the Foundation ― right now, today ― as a Clinton operation does not allow the American people to have full confidence that foreign governments, and other moneyed interests, aren’t buying access and policy.
Let’s talk about the Trump Organization.
Shut it down?
Oh, there’s been nary a peep from our esteemed opinion pages regarding the flood of money from foreign entities into the Trump Organization.
Not one word about the impropriety of a candidate for President still operating a business that relies on deals in foreign lands, with foreign governments.
The New York Daily News, this past weekend, found that Donald Trump’s been doing a lot of big deals with the Saudi government, putting a lot of money into his pocket.
We know that Donald Trump, Jr. said, “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”
How does all that money coming in give the American people the confidence that Donald Trump isn’t selling future access and policy, right now, in exchange for cash?
To his credit, like the Clintons, Donald Trump said he would disassociate himself from his business, if elected.
He’d just let his kids run it.
Now, if you believe that Donald Trump would have no idea who is and who isn’t investing in his namesake corporation while he is president, then I have a Trump University degree to sell you.
Of course there is one very key difference between money the Clinton Foundation may take, if Hillary Clinton is elected, versus money that the Trump Organization may take, if Trump is elected President.
The Trump Organization money would go directly into Donald Trump’s family’s bank account. Clinton Foundation money has not yet, and would not in the future, make it into the Clinton’s wallets.
All while he is president, the Trump Organization would continue to make deals with foreign nationals, foreign governments, domestic governments, domestic developers, licencees, and more. But, unlike the Clintons, Trump would stand to gain financially from such deals.
Conflict of interest much?
I’d say so.
So, what say you, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and everyone else calling for the Clinton Foundation to shut down, right now? Time for a new editorial, on this?
How about you, punditry? Do the “optics” look bad enough for you to say….
The Trump Organization: Shut it down?