The article excerpted here is credited thus:
The excerpt I share is a reprint from Alternet.
I mention this because the article is very sloppily edited and copyedited, and I’m not sure who’s responsible for that. (I’ve corrected most of the gaffes.)
Fox News host goes down in flames over bizarre defense of Trump’s
claim he can ‘relate’ to furloughed workers.
Brit Hume is … seen frequently on Fox as a commentator and a member of news panels. But this Sunday morning he was triggered by an article in the Daily Beast that reported Donald Trump’s remarks to the press as he was departing for Camp David. Trump was asked whether he related to the hundreds of thousands of Americans [whom] he has thrown out of work via his “Trump Shutdown” – the political tantrum he’s throwing to try to get his idiotic vanity wall on the southern border. Trump replied that:
I can relate, and I’m sure that the people that are on the receiving end will make adjustments, they always do, and they’ll make adjustments. People understand exactly what’s going on. But many of those people that won’t be receiving a paycheck, many of those people agree 100 percent with what I’m doing.
What bothered Hume was the notion that the author of the article wasn’t giving Trump the credit he deserves for the sacrifices he’s making:
I wonder if the author of this story is aware that Trump accepts no salary as president. https://t.co/WTIKcjzfl8
— Brit Hume (@brithume) January 6, 2019
First of all, it isn’t true that Trump accepts no salary as president. He does accept it, and then donates it to the federal treasury or some agency thereof. So Trump still gets the tax writeoff for … making a $400,000 charitable gift. That’s very different [from] declining the salary.
What’s more, Trump’s refusal to pocket his salary doesn’t mean that he isn’t making any money from his stint in the White House …. He schedules conferences by the government and the Republican Party at his hotels. He spends his vacations at his resorts (… Mar-a-Lago, Bedminster, etc.) where the government pays the accommodations of dozens of staffers and Secret Service agents. He has even earned hundreds of thousands of dollars renting golf carts to his security detail when he’s on the links.
…. And we haven’t even gotten to the money he makes from foreign governments and operatives who are lodging at his hotels for the stated purpose of incurring his favor. That’s potentially a violation of the Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, which is an impeachable offense.
OK. Suppose you’re working for an annual salary of $40,000. Assuming you’re paid, of course. But you’re not being paid. Consequently, you can’t pay your rent, you can’t make the payment on your car loan, you can’t buy groceries, etc.
Why aren’t you being paid? Because a malignant, paranoid, narcissist is afraid he might look like a loser. A narcissist whose salary amounts to ten times yours, a narcissist who gives up that entire salary—not because he has to, but because he can use it as a tax deduction.
Got that? This guy’s annual compensation is so outrageously high that he finds it convenient to give away ten times your entire salary just to reduce his tax bill.
The guy who’s screwing you pretends he can “relate” to your family crisis; and Britt Hume, who’s paid tens of millions of dollars annually by Trump TV, says we should admire and praise him for that!