Fox analyst on G7 site: ‘This is about as direct and profound a violation … as one could create’

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Occasionally, someone at Fox other than Sean Hannity gets to put forth an opinion. And even though Shep Smith’s recent departure has knocked the average IQ at Bizarro World down at least 20 points, you still have a few people over there willing to call out egregious hijinks.

Like, say, when the actual president of the United States declares by holy writ that the sprawling G7 conference will be held next year at his own distressed property in Florida.

Fox Business host Neil Cavuto and Fox legal analyst Andrew Napolitano (who, to their credit, have criticized Trump in the past) discussed this on Cavuto’s show yesterday, and — miracle of miracles — they were more than willing to state the obvious:

CAVUTO: Again, they are arguing that this is not a violation of the emoluments clause where someone is profiting off of something. I believe Judge Andrew Napolitano has a different notion of that. What do you think?

NAPOLITANO: Well, Neil, it’s my notion it’s the Constitution’s notion. The Constitution does not address profits. It addresses any present, as in a gift, any emolument, as in cash, of any kind whatever — I’m quoting the emoluments clause — from any king, prince, or foreign state. So if this were a meeting of the governors of the United States there would be no emoluments clause problem. The purpose of the emoluments clause is to keep the president of the United States of America from profiting off of foreign money, here we go again, not in the campaign, but in some event or entity that he controls or is running. He has brought himself an enormous headache now with the choice of this. This is about as direct and profound a violation of the emoluments clause as one could create.

But even if there were no emoluments clause in our Constitution, this would clearly be a corrupt attempt on Trump’s part to profit off his presidency. And that sets a terrible precedent while opening him up to all sorts of undue influence.

In short, it’s bribery. And last I checked, bribery is bad.

But Trump is a moral idiot — or, perhaps more accurately, he’s a moral agnostic. Morals simply don’t matter to him unless by some wild coincidence they happen to align with his own self-interest.

And how often does that happen, really?

 

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David Bishop
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David Bishop

When will we get it through our heads that the ‘King’ is protected by the constitution’s omission of any apparatus to rein (sorry for that) in our ‘King’. So stop worrying, this is our country and we should just take it since it’s the greatest country in the world (ahem).

Dave
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Dave

This is a deflection, the have to know that they can’t do it regardless of it being at cost or not as Trump would still benefit indirectly, so I would stay tuned for a walk back, I mean he has made some whoppers but I think they are Fu##in with us to get a reaction from the media as its blatantly not possible under your constitution

Mick owens
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Mick owens

“Your Constitution”..?????

Dave
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Dave

Hello Mick
I have been following this saga for a while and whilst I don’t claim to know a lot about the constitution of the united states, I have picked up bits and pieces from reading the articles on this site, I Live in Sydney Australia, and also let me say we feel your pain, so when I refer to the constitution of the united states as your constitution, it is with respect to the United States of America, that I do so.
I just thought that I would clarify that.

Mick owens
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Mick owens

Trump is pushing the envelope of corruption as far as he can, wanting to see if he will get away with it… He has!!’. He even said “I can do anything i want””..isnt there a proud American that is willing to throw this crime family out???