There’s an old adage that goes something like: “It’s better to keep your mouth shut and simply appear to be a know-nothing-political-hack than to open it and remove all doubt that that is exactly what you are,” or something to that effect. And it has been since the day President Trump was elected that a growing number of folks would have done well to have followed that advice. In particular is the guy who operates under the title of Fox News’ legal analyst, ‘Judge Napi’ Napolitano.
‘Napi’ recently joined his fellow Fox News Trump-hater Neil Cavuto on Thursday’s broadcast of Fox Business Network’s “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” And it was then that ‘Napi’ described to Cavuto yet another in what has been ‘Napi’s’ continuing string of baseless accusations of presidential wrongdoing, claiming this time that the president’s plan to host the G7 at a resort he owns was a “direct and profound” violation of the Emoluments Clause in the Constitution. Sounds pretty serious right?
And so it was, or so I assume, that it was in trying to make his idiotic point that ‘Judge Napi’ said, “The Constitution does not address profits, it addresses any present, as in a gift, any emolument as in cash of any kind whatever. I’m quoting the Emoluments Clause, from any king, prince or foreign state. So if this were a meeting of the governors of the United States, there would be no problem.” What credibility this old boob may have once had, is now long gone. He’s now just a stooge.
Anyway, old ‘Judge Napi’ then went on to say, “The purpose of the Emoluments Clause is to keep the president of the United States of America from profiting off of foreign money, here we go again, not in the campaign but in some event or entity that he controls or is running. He has bought himself an enormous headache now with the choice of this. This is about as direct and profound a violation of the Emoluments Clause as one could create.” You gotta give old ‘Napi’ an ‘E’ for effort.
And it was in doing his best to make a mountain out of a mole hill that ‘Judge Napi’ added, “Most respectfully, Mr. Mulvaney’s focus on profit, while it may make sense in the economic world, is not what the Framers were concerned about. They were concerned about a gift or cash coming directly or indirectly to the president of the United States, even if it’s done at a loss. Now, the president owns shares of stock in a corporation that is one of the owners of this, along with many other investors.”
‘Judge Napi’ continued by saying, “He also owns shares of stock in the corporation that manages it. So those corporations will receive a great deal of money from foreign heads of state because this is there. That’s exactly, exactly what the Emoluments Clause was written to prohibit.” Can we be honest here, ‘Judge Napi’ is really nothing more than a clown posing as some sort of constitutional expert. But you gotta give old ‘Napi’ credit for creativity in coming up with ways to slam the president.
Now if ‘Judge Napi’ truly was the constitutional expert he thinks himself to be he would know there is no such thing as a clear violation of the Emoluments Clause. The Supreme Court, upon which ‘Napi’ wanted a seat, has repeatedly avoided the issue as the language is so vague and ambiguous that nobody has ever been successfully charged with violating said clause. Remember how liberals and ‘Napi’ claimed Kellyanne Conway violated it? Here’s a hint, she didn’t thus nothing happened to her.
Yes, Mulvaney did say they originally had twelve venues and narrowed them down to ten. Then the advance team went and looked at the top four. Out of those in Hawaii, and the two in Utah, Doral had the perfect location, privacy, space, transportation, safety, etc. And they agreed to do it at cost with no profit to be made. And any argument that President Trump still somehow benefits from this is simply laughable. I think it’s fairly safe to say that the TRUMP name is already known worldwide!
I guess I must be missing something. So, the federal government hosts an international diplomatic event at a property owned by the Trump Organization and that somehow translates to the acceptance of a gift from a foreign government or head of state? Keep in mind that Trump is exactly the kind of person the Founders envisioned as governing the country, that being an ordinary citizen who would serve a couple of terms and then return to whatever he did prior to being elected.
So the president’s family business, the one he spent his entire adult life building, is somehow barred from earning money while members of Congress remain free to use their insider knowledge and influence to clean up in the stock market and in fact manipulate national and foreign policy to financially benefit themselves. Meanwhile, the president is not taking a salary. So it’s once again that I see this president being held to a much higher standard than are is many accusers, ‘Judge Napi’ included!
When is it that anyone in the ‘fake news’ media will take an interest in how the Clintons and the Obamas were able to come by their personal fortunes after leaving ‘public’ service? Delayed compensation needs investigating. These career politicians were not rich before coming into office. Publishers owned by media giants like Time Warner, Viacom Disney and others routinely lose money on their books and yet pay out staggering amounts of money to publish them, and in exchange for what, exactly?
And it wasn’t all that long ago that old ‘Napi’ got himself booted off the air over his unverified claims that British intelligence had wire-tapped Trump Tower at the behest of ex-president O-Bummer. And since returning he has been far more anti-Trump, which causes me to wonder if that was perhaps required to get him back in the good graces of those in charge. And if that’s the case, then I’d have even less respect for ‘Napi’ than I presently do after he’s come up with all of his conspiracy theories.
So once again I think old ‘Napi’ is doing little more than to be grabbing at straws, and plastic straws at that, not them damn paper ones! I mean it’s now gotten to the point where it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to take him seriously regarding anything, especially anything related to this president. He’s reduced himself to being little more than joke, somebody who continues to throw a hissy fit just because he didn’t receive from the president that which he felt he deserved.