Oh, Newt… are you still here?
With all the concerns surrounding a Trump presidency, specifically, how he’ll separate himself from his business empire and focus on his new duties, loyal Trump toady, Newt Gingrich has come up with a stellar idea:
Change the ethics laws to suit Donald Trump!
No, I didn’t just make that up, but if you’re slamming your forehead against your keyboard now, I apologize.
Referring to a law that could prevent Trump from hiring his daughter and son-in-law to serve in his administration, Gingrich said on “The Diane Rehm Show” Monday morning: “In the case of the president, he has a broad ability to organize the White House the way he wants to. He also has, frankly, the power of the pardon.”
“It is a totally open power, and he could simply say, ‘Look, I want them to be my advisers. I pardon them if anyone finds them to have behaved against the rules. Period.’ Technically, under the Constitution, he has that level of authority,” he said, according to Politico.
Let me see a show of hands of those who know, beyond a doubt, that had Hillary Clinton won, Gingrich would have been saying the exact opposite, had Clinton alluded to hiring Chelsea and her husband.
Gingrich also suggested that Congress change ethics laws so Trump can avoid any conflicts of interest that his global business empire may pose.
“We’ve never seen this kind of wealth in the White House, and so traditional rules don’t work,” he said.
“We’re going to have to think up a whole new approach.”
Translation: He’s rich. The laws don’t apply to him, as they would the random, working class riff-raff.
And here you all thought that the strength of America was that it was a citizen government.
Gingrich isn’t alone in thinking that Trump should have the kind of privileges that mere mortals could never enjoy. Long held laws are to be bent, or done away with, entirely, in order to make it easier for Trump to institute some kind of new age monarchy.
I’m sure Gingrich feels there’s still a place for him in the coming Trump kingdom.
Court jester, perhaps?
Gingrich conceded that Congress can’t ignore the relationships Trump’s businesses have with foreign governments.
“It’s a very real problem. I don’t think this is something minor. I think certainly in an age that people are convinced that government corruption is widespread both in the U.S. and around the world, you can’t just shrug and walk off from it,” he said.
Yet, that’s exactly what you’re proposing we should do, Newt.