Wednesday, February 08, 2017

There is no conflict of interest in a kleptocracy

JMM is absolutely right. This is not a conflict of interest. A conflict of interest is when the President's personal interest conflict with the interest he is trying to advance on behalf of the country as a whole. But Trump is not trying to advance the interest of the country as a whole. He is using the presidency as a method to promote his own brand and his family's brand. There is no conflict because he is simply uninterested in what is best for the U.S. if that happens to be anything different than what is best for him personally.

There can't be a conflict because Trump only has one interest. "Conflict of interest" only makes sense if Trump gave a shit about any interests other than his own. Call it what it is, kleptocracy.