Was it something about the approaching equinox or the phase of the moon? Yesterday was just a very bad day for some high-profile leaders, and for one in particular.
-The Washington Post reported that Donald Trump used $258,000 from the Donald J. Trump Foundation to settle lawsuits against his for-profit businesses. Virtually none of the money was contributed to the foundation by him. Laws prohibit foundation leaders from self-dealing, and the article quoted legal experts calling Trump’s behavior “brazen,” “really shocking,” “classic self-dealing,” and “as blatant an example of self-dealing as I’ve seen in a while.” Following his established pattern of pouring gasoline on a fire, he told an audience later in the day about his plan to put Middle Eastern refugees in “safe zones” paid for by Gulf states, explaining, “It’s called OPM. I do that all the time in business. It’s called other people’s money. There’s nothing like doing things with other people’s money.” The obvious question now is whether the IRS or prosecutors will pursue the matter.
-President George H.W. Bush will reportedly vote for Hillary Clinton. So tweeted Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and former lieutenant governor of Maryland, who met with Bush on Monday. As bizarre as this race has been, who would have dared to imagine that a former Republican president would vote for the wife of the Democrat who defeated him rather than for the Republican nominee? A Bush spokesman, when asked to confirm the report, said the former president “is not commenting on the presidential race.”
-Outrage built over Donald Trump Jr.’s tweet analogizing Syrian refugees to Skittles. For all the efforts of Trump campaign chiefs Stephen Bannon and Kellyanne Conway to professionalize the campaign, which have achieved much, they seem consumed just by trying to control the candidate.
-Trump continued to stand by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie after a prosecutor stated that he was fully aware of the Bridgegate affair as it happened. Christie is leading Trump’s transition team, and as the New York Times drily observed, “In a typical election cycle, a declaration by federal prosecutors that a top adviser to a candidate was aware of such a damaging plot would have enormous ramifications.” While Christie has never been charged with any wrongdoing in connection with the affair, prosecutor Vikas Khanna’s statement suggests he has direct evidence. One can’t help wondering if more bad days for Christie and for Trump might be ahead.
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