Besieged Donald Trump Tries Desperately to Bury Constitution Controversy
This week, news dropped that Donald Trump was financially beholden to a company with ties to North Korea. Those ties
This week, news dropped that Donald Trump was financially beholden to a company with ties to North Korea.
Those ties extended into his Presidency.
On any other week, it would have been front page news. But this week it barely rates a mention.
That’s because over the weekend, Trump suggested that the Constitution should be terminated (or parts of it, anyway), to restore him to power after what he called a “rigged” election in 2020.
It sent shockwaves through the country, with many politicians reacting unfavorably to the former POTUS’s suggestion.
Now, Trump is walking back his statement and claiming he’s being misrepresented by the “fake news media.” Trump even went on a Truth Social posting frenzy this morning, perhaps hoping to push his comments even further down his page to avoid people coming across them.
See: DONALD TRUMP’S CALL TO SUSPEND THE CONSTITUTION IS NOT SURPRISING, BUT IT IS ALARMING
Constitution? Who Needs the Constitution
With the former President calling to throw aside the constitution, not a single conservative can legitimately support him, and not a single supporter can be called a conservative. This is insane. Trump hates the constitution— Adam Kinzinger #fella (@AdamKinzinger) December 4, 2022
Right @GOPLeader @EliseStefanik @Jim_Jordan ? pic.twitter.com/C0bjM6exGv
Over the weekend, Trump lashed out on Truth Social over his frustration with the 2020 election.
What he said was nothing new, but how he said it was alarming to many.
Trump has, in the past, alluded to changing the Constitution or engaging in sketchy and dubious (possible illegal) actions to restore him to the Presidency after his 2020 loss.
January 6, 2021, was an exercise in his efforts, according to many.
But on Saturday, Trump pushed it too far for even some of his erstwhile allies, this time directly suggesting that certain parts of the Constitution be terminated to make him President again.
Trump wrote, “So, with the revelation of MASSIVE & WIDESPREAD FRAUD & DECEPTION in working closely with Big Tech Companies, the DNC, & the Democrat Party, do you throw the Presidential Election Results of 2020 OUT and declare the RIGHTFUL WINNER, or do you have a NEW ELECTION?”
He continued, “A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution. Our great ‘Founders’ did not want, and would not condone, False & Fraudulent Elections!”
Backlash was swift.
And Trump immediately went into damage control mode.
Donald Trump: Nothing to See Here, Move Along
Trump failed to disclose the loan, which was paid off months after he took office, Forbes reported. https://t.co/lYETsjQutb— HuffPost (@HuffPost) December 5, 2022
Trump wrote Monday, “The Fake News is actually trying to convince the American People that I said I wanted to ‘terminate’ the Consititution. This is simply more DISINFORMATION & LIES, just like RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA, and all of their other HOAXES & SCAMS.”
He added, “What I said was that when there is ‘MASSIVE & WIDESPREAD FRAUD & DECEPTION,’ as has been irrefutably proven in the 2020 Presidential Election, steps must be immediately taken to RIGHT THE WRONG. Only FOOLS would disagree with that and accept STOLEN ELECTIONS. MAGA!”
And perhaps hoping to move on from the controversy, or maybe out of fear from another breaking news story this week, Trump woke up Tuesday and chose mania.
Early Tuesday, Trump posted or re-truth’d at least 30 times.
It’s not the actions of someone who’s comfortable letting their words speak for themselves.
Trump’s anxiety-riddled behavior may also have something to do with that other bit of breaking news.
Also over the weekend came news from Forbes that Trump hid a nearly $20M loan from a company with direct ties to North Korea.
Forbes reports, “The documents, compiled by the Trump Organization and obtained by the New York attorney general, show a previously unreported liability of $19.8 million listed as ‘L/P Daewoo.’ The debt stems from an agreement Trump struck to share some of his licensing fees with Daewoo, a South Korean conglomerate that partnered with Trump on a project near the United Nations headquarters in New York City.
Trump eliminated the debt five and a half months into his tenure as president, according to the documents. He seems to have acted with some urgency to wipe the liability off his balance sheet. From 2011 to 2016, the documents show that the balance stayed static at $19.8 million. Paperwork capturing Trump’s financial picture as of June 30, 2017, five months into his presidency, appears to show that the balance had dropped to $4.3 million, $15.5 million less than it had been a year earlier. Trump got rid of the debt altogether shortly after that. ‘Daewoo was bought out of its position on July 5, 2017,’ the documents say, without specifying who exactly paid off the loan.”
Daewoo operates in North Korea and was the only South Korean company allowed to do so through the 1990’s, their ties to the oppressive country running far and deep.
In summary: Trump owed a company nearly $20M, and that company has ties to North Korea. Trump quickly settled it once in office, but there’s no sign of who paid it off or how it was settled.
Trump has frequently blasted President Joe Biden over the conspiracy that the POTUS is beholden to China through financial and/or business dealings.
But as it turns out, Trump was the one who may have been beholden to a foreign business – one with ties to a country not exactly friendly with the United States.
And he failed to tell the people.
Financial disclosures of candidates and Presidents are handled by an honor system. Which means that the system relies on the people themselves to be honest and admit to their financial dealings, to allow voters a chance to understand who may have the ability to influence a presidential candidate.
But Trump chose not to disclose it. And because the loan was through Trump Organization, and on the books, there’s likely no legal recourse for his failure to do so.
The great question now for voters would be: who paid the loan off, and why? Many are saying that Trump’s seemingly bizarre friendship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un makes much more sense given this context.
If the information had been disclosed ahead of the election, it’s likely that conflict-of-interest concerns would have changed the landscape. As such, it may do the same ahead of the 2024 election cycle.