President Trump courted controversy yet again today with what looked at first like an innocuous tweet about former first lady Barbara Bush’s funeral.
Heading to the Southern White House to watch the Funeral Service of Barbara Bush. First Lady Melania has arrived in Houston to pay our respects. Will be a beautiful day!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2018
Besides the obvious fact that Trump glosses over in his tweet, that his own first lady Melania is attending the funeral in his stead because Trump is not welcome anywhere near the memorial service for the woman who famously said “I don’t know how women could vote for” him, his referral to his gaudy Mar-a-Lago resort as “the Southern White House” drew critics who attacked the president for commercializing the presidency yet again.
Walter Shaub, the former Director of the Office of Government Ethics in the Obama administration, called Trump out on his crass and illegal attempt to drum up business for the pricey members-only club for his own benefit in a tweet sent shortly after the president’s.
This reference to the "Southern White House" is part of the campaign to monetize the presidency. Unlike the Mid-Atlantic White House, you can purchase unlimited access to the Southern White House and its chief occupant if you are willing to pay him $200,000 per year. pic.twitter.com/1dSZrZ6q4b
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) April 21, 2018
Shaub perfectly captures the real motivation for Trump’s presidency, in fact, his primary motivating factor in life, the chance to make a fortune off of unsuspecting rubes that is the con man’s way.
Yes, President Trump, Barbara Bush’s funeral will be a beautiful day, but mostly because you won’t be there.
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