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Former ethics chief under George W. Bush, Richard Painter, had some harsh words for Donald Trump on Monday after the president called the Emoluments Clause “phony” and defended his presidential profiteering.

Trump didn’t just trash the Constitution in his remarks, but he acted as though he was doing the country a favor by being president.


Painter said:

What other parts of the Constitution are phony? The First Amendment? Freedom of the press? The impeachment clause of the Constitution? He is going to find out about that one soon. The 25th amendment, is that phony? The 25 amendment that empowers the cabinet and the Congress to remove a president who is psychologically unstable, unfit for office?

If he wants to say the Constitution is phony, he has no business being president of the United States. He needs to be impeached and removed from office now. The Emoluments Clause is a critically important part of the Constitution that was inserted in there by the founders because they did not want foreign governments being able to influence United States government officials.
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