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Public service vs. self-enrichment

Posted 9/23/19

In 2016, voters across the political spectrum took a chance on Donald Trump because they couldn’t stand the idea of voting for someone as corrupt as Hillary Clinton. After 20 years of Whitewater, …

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Public service vs. self-enrichment

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In 2016, voters across the political spectrum took a chance on Donald Trump because they couldn’t stand the idea of voting for someone as corrupt as Hillary Clinton. After 20 years of Whitewater, cattle futures and sleaze at the Clinton Foundation, Americans were fed up.

But voting for Trump backfired. President Trump and other federal employees have used their government offices to advertise for Trump’s business more than 100 times. The president has also suggested holding international meetings at his struggling Florida resort. These are just two examples of taxpayer money going directly into President Trump’s pockets — there are many more.

Americans expect public officials to “serve” in government, not profit from it. They expect their leaders to put aside years of their lives — even whole careers — to serve the people.

In this administration, however, “service” looks a lot more like the art of the self-deal than true leadership.

Chris Gagin

St. Clairsville, Ohio

The writer is a lawyer who serves as a legal adviser for Republicans for the Rule of Law.

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