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(62,685 posts)
Mon Dec 5, 2016, 09:48 AM Dec 2016

GOP wagers Americans dont care about Trumps conflicts

Republicans see the same ethically challenged complications lurking in Donald Trump’s business portfolio that Democrats are squawking about. They just think Americans don’t care about these entanglements anymore.

Indeed, the GOP is so easily dismissing Democratic threats of investigations and ethicists’ calls for divestment out of a belief that the political landscape has shifted. Voters rewarded Trump in part on the idea that success in business will equal success in government, and Republicans are therefore unwilling to encourage the president-elect to put distance between the Oval Office and Trump Tower, or between himself and the children who serve him as trusted advisers.

“This is a great test case between the pre-Trump and post-Trump worlds,” said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a prominent early GOP backer of the president-elect. “In a pre-Trump world dominated by left-wing ideas, anyone successful is inherently dangerous and should be punished for trying to serve the country.”

“The American people,” Gingrich added, “knowingly voted for a businessman whose name is inextricably tied to his fortune. … I’d say to the left wing, get over it.”


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(39,484 posts)
1. He might be right...You could fume at the Republicans for their hypocrisy
Mon Dec 5, 2016, 09:51 AM
Dec 2016

but their voters keep enabling them. So after three-plus decades of this shit, I reserve most of my contempt for them.


(300,410 posts)
3. Yeah, who gives a shite if a sleaze bag hustler is in the WH
Mon Dec 5, 2016, 09:53 AM
Dec 2016

as long as he gets them a job, right?

What if he doesn't... what if he takes away their health care, and there are no jobs and he throws them out on the street.. will they give a shit then?


(9,517 posts)
4. It hasn't a thing to do w/ hating successful people as Gingrich says. It has to do w/ ethics...
Mon Dec 5, 2016, 10:00 AM
Dec 2016

...and transparency.

If ANY DEMOCRAT DID ANY of the things Trump is doing, they'd be burned at the legal stake for it. Investigated to Hell and back. Impeached.

Barack Obama was wildly successful and they HATED and OBSTRUCTED him for 8 solid years. Did they hate him because he was successful? No. They hated him because he was BLACK and successful.

So Newt is peddling a passel of bullshit.


(309 posts)
8. No, they aren't entirely wrong.
Mon Dec 5, 2016, 10:13 AM
Dec 2016

Ethics, conflicts and values only apply to Dems. GOP isn't held to those kinds of standards.

world wide wally

(21,764 posts)
9. Republicans realize that television is the most powerful force in American politics.
Mon Dec 5, 2016, 10:31 AM
Dec 2016

So they started their own station and bought some of the existing ones. At some point some Democratic billionaire is going to have to do the same if we are ever going to compete again.


(776 posts)
10. I think they're right
Mon Dec 5, 2016, 01:14 PM
Dec 2016

Americans have become a very passive and indifferent lot. If a concept can't fit in a tweet, then it's too much to bother with.

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