President Donald Trump continues to define his time in office by unsettling questions of corruption. This week, he took to Twitter to promote a new book from Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), who wrote about Arlington National Cemetery and those buried there. The question is — when did the presidency become a sales stop? It’s not as though this is the first time that Trump or one of his associates have directly sought to profit off their positions.
‘Our great Senator (and Star) from the State of Arkansas,
@TomCottonAR, has just completed a wonderful book, “Sacred Duty,” about Arlington National Cemetery and the men and women who serve with such love and devotion. On sale today, make it big!’
Trump has regularly promoted books from Republican allies in the same fashion. Repeatedly, Trump administration figures have gone down under the weight of at times serious corruption, using their positions for similar personal gain. Multiple Cabinet officials have been caught delivering massive bills to the government — and ultimately, taxpayers — for pricey and unnecessary travel, some like the top rungs of power at the Interior Department have lobbied while in their new positions on behalf of former clients, and the list goes on and on. Trump personally has profited off the presidency through means like his bills for using his properties for inauguration festivities and trips as president.
Interestingly enough, Cotton was just in the news for Trump-related issues, saying on CBS of the trade wars the president has sparked with his punitive, globe-spanning tariffs:
‘That sacrifice is pretty minimal compared to the sacrifices that our soldiers make overseas that are fallen heroes who are laid to rest in Arlington make.’
In other words, Cotton wants those concerned about rising prices for consumers and businesses in the United States to pick their chin up and take it because the alternative is… death. What kind of totalitarian, dystopian nightmare is this place? Is the promotion for Cotton’s new book some kind of presidential response to the Senator backing up his tariffs on national television? Is that sort of brazen corruption and attempts to turn the presidency into profits really the level to which we’ve sunk here?
Check out Twitter’s response below…
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