The conflicts of interest are insanely monumental with Trump, but somehow, IOKIYAR. Republicans are suddenly totally unbothered by Russian interference in our elections, and just fine with a complete lack of transparency that comes with an offensive, unorthodox, and questionably loyal 'Republican' like DJT. Heaven forbid a qualified female Democrat win, then these men would lose control to a woman after eight years of a 'Black' POTUS.
Jerry Springer is nothing like the guests who dominated his very staged "reality" television show. They seemed to resemble the average Trump supporter rather uncannily. But Springer is a liberal, a former mayor of Cincinnati, and has a pretty firm grip on our fragile democracy that is tenuously hanging by a thread. His political perspective is actually rather well-respected in academic circles.
As a former employee of NBC, Springer knows what power a network has over you and what they do to keep profitable franchises happy. Imagine if that network had to kowtow to a President/Producer?
Springer is blown away at the possibilities, as we all should be. Someone with such paltry qualifications who still touts his reality TV bona fides as a fringe benefit for the U.S. people will be officially the president-elect on Monday, and that's simply unfathomable.
SPRINGER: Well, I guess I'm running in 2020! (laughter) I could still do my show! I could be President! Oh wait, I can't be President I was born in England. No I think (crosstalk)
REID: I think you can declare the law doesn't apply to you, and apparently that works!
SPRINGER: I know. I mean, that is outrageous. It is stupid. Plus, I'll tell you what, here's where the problem is. You and me. we both work, in a sense, for NBC.
SPRINGER: There's a real question here that has to be brought into play. And the fact is, when NBC News, for example, wants to question, or goes after Trump on some legitimate story, is there gonna be pressure, that says "hey wait a second, he's one of our employees, we want his show to do well. We don't want to anger him." Or if Trump says "Hey, I want more commercials for my show, The Apprentice, I want more money spent promoting it, who's gonna say no to The President of the United States? In other words, there's some real questions that we all have to be answering here.
Springer is well aware of the dangers the business conflicts present, not just to the integrity of the ethical conduct of the office of the Presidency, but the safety of U.S. diplomats and citizens abroad. When he insults Muslims, what might happen to his Trump towers in the Muslim nation of Turkey? Is that going to become a target? How can ANYONE overlook this clear dereliction of duty that such a blatant conflict of interest presents?
SPRINGER: This is a presidency that doesn't necessarily represent the will of the people, but somehow he's got to legitimize it all. So when you have things like, for instance, the Russian hacking. When you have any controversy that's going to come up now, for example, God forbid terrorists go after his properties in other countries, are we going to send American soldiers to, you know, protect Trump properties around the world? In other words, the whole question, of everything he does now, people will wonder, is he really doing it because it's best for America, or is he doing it because he has financial interests in this.
And now with the choosing of the Secretary of State, you know, with his ties to Russia? You know, what is going on here? And I think it's in Trump's interest, to have an independent investigation, of what the Russians have done, to make sure that his presidency is, in fact, legitimate. That it wasn't, in this case, rigged by outside forces. The burden's on him now.
Except a narcissistic, pathological liar like Trump feels no burdens. He is so accustomed to having apologists and handlers cover for his incompetence, roughly 99% of Americans will feel a tremendously awful burden, come 1/20/17.