Trump just got hammered for promoting his own golf course on Twitter

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The most corrupt president in the nation’s history hit a new low for behavior today even before the extended remix of a “Trump’s greatest grievances” speech he gave at the right-wing bigotry-fest CPAC. In violation of every ethics rule on the books, Trump used his official Twitter account to promote his own business interests with this retweet of a Trump Organization post that was nothing more than a commercial for his golf course in Scotland.

Even worse, he tried to claim that his ownership of the luxury resort was a benefit to the diplomatic relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom — something that thousands of people in Scotland would beg to differ with.

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Trump may be proud of his golf course in Aberdeen, but he seemed to forget that his own Department of Justice has ruled that his tweets are “official statements of the President of the United States” and, as such, are subject to the same ethical laws against self-dealing that any public official would have in their official communications.

Ethics watchdogs immediately pounced upon the president’s latest transgression as if he would ever be held accountable for the complete destruction of the ethical norms and legal requirements that Trump has ignored since the day he announced his candidacy.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) condemned the president for utilizing his powers to illegally promote his own business.

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“A senior CREW adviser called the president’s tweet ‘shameless, corrupt, and repugnant’,” according to The Hill.

Others on Twitter were equally scathing in their assessments of Trump’s tweet.

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Walter Shaub, the former director of the Office of Government Ethics, also slammed Trump for his blatant disregard of the rules governing the behavior of elected officials.

Trump may as well have printed this invitation to graft on White House stationery, so obvious is his intention to flaunt the thumbing of his nose at the emoluments clause of the Constitution, knowing that even if he is impeached, he’ll likely never be convicted due to the spineless Republican majority still in place in the Senate.

Ethics watchdogs can rail against the president’s unconstitutional actions all they want, but without a significant outcry from the public — at a level that would convince GOP enablers in the Senate that they risk losing their next election if they don’t take action against Trump — everyone is just spitting their invective into the wind.

One can only hope that —as a first step — the courts will rule against the president in the suits brought by the Attorneys General of Maryland and Washington DC accusing him of violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution in profiting off the presidency by accepting payments through his D.C. hotel. After that, let’s hope that it’s only the first step in bringing down his entire presidency.

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Original reporting by Rachel Frazin at The Hill.

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Vinnie Longobardo

Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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