A new report shows that the Trump family is once again using the federal government to fill their own pockets.
Trump Wine is now prominently on sale the Skyland Resort, a mountain getaway alongside Appalachian Trail in northwestern Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park.
An attorney at the national environmental group Center for Biodiversity spotted Trump Wine on sale “everywhere” at the park’s gift shop after one of the center’s members gave him an anonymous tip. E&E News reports:
According to Bill Snape, senior counsel at the Center for Biological Diversity, who wants to get to the bottom of why it’s sold there. “Even as we sit down for Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Trump wine is everywhere — how?”
Snape added that the issue raises more questions on the extent to which Trump’s role as commander in chief collides with his role “as chief of the Trump empire … with no understanding of where it begins and where it ends.”
“If this is the level of Trumpism at national parks, what other policy issues have that level of Trumpism?” Snape said. “It just raises a number of disturbing and intriguing conflict-of-interest issues.”
The abuse Donald Trump is already being sued on multiple fronts for violating the U.S. Constitution’s emoluments clause.
It only took three days after inauguration for CREW to file suit over the President’s violations, by taking foreign cash at his D.C. Hotel, which later picked up a prominent New York hotelier as an additional plaintiff. A wine bar in D.C. also filed suit against Trump for unfair competition and violations of the Constitution.
Also, this isn’t the first time that Eric Trump’s ersatz winery outside Charlottesville, Virginia has been in the news for all of the wrong reasons.
For starters, during the campaign, news emerged that his own foundation paid the winery in a blatant act of self-dealing as part of a million dollars raised for St. Jude hospital (donate directly here) that the Trump’s swiped from kids with cancer.
Eric Trump’s winery even got a kickback from the Trump Campaign itself! He then begged leave for the federal government to obtain extra temporary immigrant work visas at the Trump Winery after President Trump ran his entire racist campaign claiming that he would give Americans jobs.
Eric Trump’s willingness to steal money from children with cancer and his father’s predilection to turn the presidency into just another marketing opportunity are both appalling abuses of the powers of office.
The legal bills for these terrible Trump conflicts of interest are mounting and the Justice Department has no less than ten employees tasked just to defending the President’s right to profit from his office.
Unfortunately, the court system hasn’t shown the same urgency that activists have shown in stopping the Trump family from taking advantage of Donald Trump’s installation into office as the President.
A ruling on the first of the federal lawsuits is expected sometime before the Christmas.
Until then, it’s open season to spread Trumpism into America’s National Park system and turn the non-commercial jewel of our country’s purple mountains majesty into a business opportunity for genetic lottery winners striving to get ahead on their parents’ coat tails.
— Rob Hotakainen (@HotakainenRob) November 21, 2017