Friday, November 18, 2016

Rump's Royal Court (UPDATED)

There are growing signs that neo-fascist sociopath Donald "Rump" Trump is confusing the Presidency with a monarchy, specifically in the roles his "royal" family are playing in the transition and beyond. From asking about Government security clearances for his grown children, to son-in-law Jared "Christie Jailed My Dad" Kushner's role as vengeful hatchet man and horse's ass whisperer to Rump, and now to daughter Ivanka's sitting in on yesterday's meeting between her father and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, clearly because of her foreign policy experience. Whether King Rump wants his princess and princelings to run the government while he sleeps late at Trump Tower remains to be seen (they will be in competition with extremist and royal jester Mike "Dense" Pense for the delegated Presidency).

Beyond the optics of a royal "court" are the serious questions of conflicts of interest, from the fairly trivial (Ivanka's hawking of her jewelry) to the significant (Rump's possible dealings with Russian oligarchs beholden to his friend Vladimir Putin). Rump trusts that he'll be able to get away with the conflicts because he'll have his reality-averse cult followers backing him up, and threatening Rethugs who break ranks. Let's hope that officials in the "permanent" Government -- the Justice Department, Treasury, CIA, etc., if not the Rethug Congress --  won't be unpatriotic in looking the other way while Rump mixes business with governing, always for his financial benefit.


(photo: Reuters)

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