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If you are old enough to remember, President Jimmy Carter once owned a Georgia peanut farm that came to symbolize him during the presidential race where he defeated Republican incumbent Gerald Ford, who had taken over for the disgraced Richard Nixon. Even today, his former vocation is sometimes used to paint him in a negative light.

Yet, the peanut farm for which Jimmy was derisively mocked by Washington elites became a serious target for a potential presidential conflict of interest when he assumed office. After spending decades of his life building up the family business that was the backbone of his entry into politics, Carter had to let it go into a blind trust — passing off the business to his mother, Lillian, and brother, Billy.

One can only imagine the conflicts a US president may have if he attempted to control a peanut farm while simultaneously tackling the work of representing the people, right? I mean, just think of it, all of the lobbyists and farmers who would use Carter’s ownership of a family peanut farm to sway the new president’s opinions when it came to enacting legislation. The possibilities are endless, aren’t they?

Well, if they were, along comes President Donald Trump, with not just a global real estate empire of which he has refused to divest himself, but he also has children and relatives who are working in the White House while also running companies. His daughter, Ivanka, leader of a retail brand bearing her own name and adviser to her father, President Donald Trump, won provisional approval of three trademarks from China on the same day she dined with Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, The Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

And that is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to Trump’s business conflicts of interest. In other words, President Carter was like an ant facing an elephant when it comes to the conflicts of President Trump. Americans need to think about who really is running their country: is it someone who represents their interests or someone who is bending them over while stealing their wallets, so he can get even richer?