There is already concern over the fact that rather than put his business holdings into a blind trust, Donald Trump is turning them over to his family. Only a phone call away, or, perhaps, a bedroom away in the White House. It shouldn’t be a surprise, however, since they are hawking everything from $10,000 bracelets to the Trump Tower and have been for the last eighteen months. Kathleen Clark, a law professor at Washington University, says:
“…public office is a public trust, that people are given the opportunity to serve in the government, not in order to line their pockets.” In contrast, “…what may be developing is a president who sees this an opportunity to further his private brand and to permit his business to take very advantage of the opportunities given to him.”
Although Congress could pass laws to establish guidelines for this –and we know that would take years and probably result in no decision –it is already being addressed in social media, like this blog, plus Twitter, Google+ and Facebook, to discourage the public from shopping at stores carrying Trump lines like Macy’s and Nordstrom. The political pundits sort of anticipated this when, before the election, they predicted Trump was doing it just to further his brand.
What they weren’t forecasting at the time was the fact that Trump would, in fact, win the election and extend the promotion of his brand in a four-year long campaign from the Rose Garden of the White House. Unless…