President Donald Trump shamelessly advertised his Scotland golf course on Twitter Saturday morning and claimed it somehow improves America’s relationship with the United Kingdom, resulting in a uproar of criticism.
Trump woke up this morning an apparently decided to get in some light Emoluments Clause violations on Twitter about a golf course that is hemorrhaging money and it hated by many Scottish residents who live around it:
Very proud of perhaps the greatest golf course anywhere in the world. Also, furthers U.K. relationship! https://t.co/3xTzzJH6Iq
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 2, 2019
This is exactly why businesses owned by a president are considered a conflict of interest. Trump is literally using his presidency to promote his golf course for profit, something past presidents have avoided by divesting from their businesses prior to taking office, just as former President Jimmy Carter did when he divested from his peanut farm.
Trump is currently being sued in court for violating the Emoluments Clause in the Constitution, a case that has been allowed to move forward.
Twitter users ripped Trump for violating it in plain sight:
What an astounding conflict of interest — for a President of the United States to be promoting his own business ventures.
— Steven Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt) March 2, 2019
A U.S. president is promoting one of his private businesses. That’s corrupt.
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) March 2, 2019
Emoluments for breakfast.
— Steve Marmel (@Marmel) March 2, 2019
Here is the President of the United States using his office to advertise his family business. And that’s not his worse offence…
— Stratos Safioleas (@stratosathens) March 2, 2019
What a beautiful violation of the Emoluments Clause.
Speaking of weak holes, we have a huge one in the Oval Office.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) March 2, 2019
As for his claim that his golf course improves relations with our longtime ally, the people of the United Kingdom certainly don’t agree.
Most of us in Scotland truly hate you!
Maybe you should tell everyone how you cheated and intimidated some elderly citizens out of their homes beside Aberdeen.
You didn’t care about any people or the environment, only yourself, as usual.
Please see my pinned tweet…
— Stu Cameron (@stucam7771) March 2, 2019
You’re hated by everyone in the UK apart from a few golfers and Nigel Farage. Never come back.
— Letters of Note (@LettersOfNote) March 2, 2019
If only he knew what we Scots think of him.
— James Angus (@JamesAn26254230) March 2, 2019
Also, I don’t think Scotland likes you very much… pic.twitter.com/Q59HPqiuGl
— Frizz- nancypelosiclapping.jpg (@bringonthesong) March 2, 2019
Scotland just sued you over this course they say you bought and then ruined. It’s no longer on the professional circuit because you turned it into one of your cheap brands. Oh, and emoluments clause, look it up. #IndictTrump #Impeach
— Jamie Kelly 🇺🇸 🥑🐶🐱 ✌🏽 (@Barkforlove1) March 2, 2019
Of course, Republicans don’t care if Trump violates the Constitution or ethics rules. They are perfectly fine with him profiting off the presidency, which makes them complicit with the violations. And Americans should be outraged.
The 2020 Election can’t come soon enough.
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