Donald J. Trump, ostensible President of the United States, broke the law and keeps breaking the law. He’s a criminal, a lawbreaker, an offender, a villain, a malefactor. He’s a culprit, a wrongdoer, a sinner; a fraudster, a swindler, a conman, a miscreant. It’s not a secret. He did it on national television, fercrissakes… But, I still get challenged by my conservative brethren from time to time, “WHAT LAW?!?!?!” (You have to read it like that…) So, as a public service, here you go:
United States Code, Title 52 section 30121, paragraph a.1.A and a.2.
“§ 30121. Contributions and donations by foreign nationals (a) Prohibition It shall be unlawful for—(1) a foreign national, directly or indirectly, to make—(A) a contribution or donation of money or other thing of value, or to make an express or implied promise to make a contribution or donation, in connection with a Federal, State, or local election; (B) a contribution or donation to a committee of a political party; or (C) an expenditure, independent expenditure, or disbursement for an electioneering communication (within the meaning of section 30104(f)(3) of this title); or (2) a person to solicit, accept, or receive a contribution or donation described in subparagraph (A) or (B) of paragraph (1) from a foreign national.”
That’s the law, right there, although I’ve emphasized the relevant points. It’s important to remember, I’m no lawyer. This is certainly NOT an exhaustive “list.” This would only be ONE count. (Perhaps his request to China constitutes a second count.) But violating this law gave Congress every right to investigate, at least as far as the Constitution of the United States is concerned – meaning it’s NOT a “witch hunt.” Every time Trump tells one of his minions not to respond to Congressional subpoenas, he’s committing Obstruction. (That’s one count, two counts, three counts, etc.)
I’m very aware that the opinions inside the conservative bubble ALL say something else. But…opinions being what they are (um…useless) it’s more important to note that people are NOT free to pretend anything they want when they’re under oath. So the opinion-mongers of the conservative bubble (people free to lie) all say Donnie Dumbass is being unfairly maligned but the witnesses testifying under oath (facing possible penalties for perjury) have pretty much agreed Trump did what he’s accused of doing.
So conservatives can no longer honestly argue that Donnie didn’t break the law. You CAN argue that Presidents can do whatever they want, including breaking the law. But be forewarned: you’re arguing that ANY President can do whatever he or she wants, including breaking the law – even a DemocRAT President. Future protestations that some DemocRAT President broke the law will go unheard. Besides, with the help of the conservative base, the system will have been SO broken by Donnie that no mechanism will exist to intervene. Thanks for that, conservatives. (And make no mistake: history will forever record that it was conservatives who brought down the United States…)
For my part? I don’t want ANY Presidents to be allowed to break the law. I don’t care which party they pretend to represent…
One of the ways the conservative bubble is trying to gin up anger amongst it’s consumers is pretending that impeaching trump over his crimes is really just trying to overturn the will of the people. They keep reminding Trump supporters that they voted for Trump (duh!) without reminding those same supporters that MORE Americans voted against Trump, peculiarities of the Electoral College notwithstanding.
So…technically, even if the true and only goal of the impeachment was about overturning the 2016 “election” – it isn’t – it IS in keeping with the wishes of the majority of Americans…
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