Last week 46 U.S. attorneys were fired by Donald Trump’s administration because they had been part of the Obama administration. I’m not worried that these 46 highly skilled and well connected professionals will starve without Donald Trump signing their pay checks, but I have an idea for how they can keep busy until their next gig.
This is America, a country where anyone can sue anyone for anything. Consider the following:
- A campaign promise is a promise or guarantee made to the public by a candidate or political party who are trying to win an election. Election promises may be instrumental in getting an official elected to office.
- Fraud is deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage, a person who makes deceitful pretenses; a sham; a poseur.
- In a common contract, one agrees to surrender a personal legal right (e.g. money, a piece of property, time). However, if a politician makes a promise that he does not have the ability to act on if elected, it can’t be enforced in the traditional way a common contract would be enforced.
Let’s say Trump really intended to do what he promised but, because he was bigly ignorant of the job of president, he could not know what the presidential scope of ability is. Fine, he thought he was going to be a dictator, so the stupid get a pass that the well informed do not.
These promises might not have been in his power to fulfill, so he can’t be held accountable:
- To coal miners regarding the return of their jobs: “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.”
- We must excuse his promise to use only American steel on oil pipelines rather than give the contract to his Russian friends…because he meant future new pipelines.
- Perhaps he did intend to “drain the swamp”, but once in office saw that the swamp monsters were necessary to maintain the yuge disparity between the wealthiest Americans and the working class, so he had no choice but to re-fill the swamp with Wall Street billionaires.
- He was going to release his taxes after he was elected, but because no one wants to see them he won’t.
- Forget his promise that no one was going to lose their healthcare- because maybe he meant only 24 million people will lose their healthcare. (Most of them Trump supporters.)
- He was going to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it. Yea, okay—that one isn’t worth straining my thumbs over to type an excuse.
But, consider his intentionally fraudulent campaign promises—two in particular.
Donald Trump has full control over following through on those two promises; he promised he would not accept a salary, but would instead donate 100% to the treasury department or a charity, and he said he would not take any vacations. No one is forcing him to take his weekly Florida golf excusions, (9 in 7 weeks), and no one is blocking him from donating his salary.
Here is the busy work I spoke of for the 46 newly unemployed U.S. Attorneys. Three words: class action lawsuit—filed on behalf of the American people who were defrauded by a man who promised to donate his salary to the treasury department or a charity, and who were promised Trump would not take vacations.
Freedom of speech gives Americans, presidential candidates included, a protection, but can promises be made in complete disregard of legal ramifications? Do politicians get a pass for making false promises, while the rest of the population is expected to do what they say?
Trump has been on the receiving end of thousands of lawsuits filed against him for not doing what he promised to do: to pay contractors for their work, to provide educations to students enrolled in his “University”, to sell certain condos to the people who paid him for them, etc. He has lied his way through life, saying whatever it takes to get what he wants, knowing full well he wasn’t going to follow through.
In a contract there are two parties. In the event of a politician’s promise versus the public, who would be the second party? The second party in this class action lawsuit would be the American people, because we are who the promises were made to whether we voted for him or not. It’s time Donald Trump was held accountable.