The effort by the Left to undo the election is relentless and, let’s give them credit, very imaginative.
The latest is the salvo by two attorneys general, one from the District of Columbia and the other from Maryland, alleging that President Trump is violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution because foreigners are staying in his District of Columbia hotel.
They have standing to sue, they claim, because other hotels in their jurisdictions are being harmed because sultans and sheiks are choosing Trump’s property instead because they want to influence him.
First of all, here is the emoluments clause:
No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.
As it reads to me, or any sane person, it’s an effort to preclude officials from accepting direct payments or gifts designed to influence them. You know, like foreign payments to the Clinton Foundation and to Bill Clinton for his speeches while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. Somehow, the attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland weren’t concerned about emoluments then.
What it cannot possibly mean, unless you assume that the Founders were being absurd — which, I know, many liberals assume — is that nobody who owns a business can run for president.
It’s one thing to ask that someone who wants to be president put their assets in a blind trust. It’s quite another to tell them to liquidate their life’s work. It is ridiculous to assume that those who established this republic, who lived in an agrarian nation, thought candidates for president should sell their farms in case Canadians wanted to purchase a few ear of corn from Thomas Jefferson.
How deeply harmed could the District of Columbia and Maryland be? Do their attorneys general not have more pressing matters on their hands? Like dealing with the high crime rates in the District and Prince George’s County?
Of course they do. But out of political ambition, ideological fervor, or because they were enlisted by others, they have decided to open a new front in the war against democracy being waged by the Left.