Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Trump Organization v. Clinton Foundation

It may be a bitter pill for diehard Hillary haters to accept, but there is a difference of kind between the Clinton Foundation and the Trump Organization. The Clinton Foundation actually does good in the world — with regard, for example, to AIDS in Africa —and there's no proof to the charges that it's dedicated to influence peddling.

The Trump Organization, on the other hand, is close to a perfect opposite. It builds nothing, not even buildings, not even garish Trump Towers. It's dedicated completely to Trump licensing his name, his brand, to operations around the world. For the benefit of renting out his name, Trump and his family get paid big bucks.

A powerful cover story in Newsweek begins thus:

If Donald Trump is elected president, will he and his family permanently sever all connections to the Trump Organization, a sprawling business empire that has spread a secretive financial web across the world? Or will Trump instead choose to be the most conflicted president in American history, one whose business interests will constantly jeopardize the security of the United States?

If truth mattered in this election, this piece would be devastating for Trump. If it has no impact, what does that say about truth? It's passé?

I'll end by quoting a choice summation by Amy Davidson, in the new New Yorker:

It is still plausible that Trump, an entrenched bigot, a conspiracy fabulist, and a casual disparager of international alliances, could become President.

Amy Davidson, "A Trump-Clinton Double Standard?"

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