Earlier this year, White House Advisor Kellyanne Conway was publicly reprimanded for violating ethics rules prohibiting executive branch employees from using their positions to give free advertising to for-profit companies. Well, it seems Donald Trump didn’t get the memo.
President of the United States on Thursday night used the bully pulpit to promote disgraced former right-wing propagandist Bill O’Reilly, who was fired from Fox News this spring after it was revealed that the network had paid off at least six women who had been sexually harassed by the host.
By retweeting O’Reilly’s self-promotional tweet, Trump not only violated ethics rules, he also condoned the actions of a man who has made a habit of mistreating women.
The fact that Trump is willing to ignore the laws of the land to support and even promote O’Reilly is disturbing, to say the least. Trump’s act, however, doesn’t come as a surprise as he has openly bragged about sexually assaulting women.
Twitter users were quick to point out Trump’s clear violation of the law:
Once again, you cannot be endorsing products, shows etc. as POTUS. FFS!
— Right To Bare Arms (@RightsToBareArm) September 28, 2017
Can we prosecute him for using the office to endorse products, please?
— musean (@musean) September 28, 2017
Soooo…Trumpito is promoting O’Reilly’s book? Is that shit even legal?
— Christopher Empson (@fenster303) September 29, 2017
He’s gotten away with it this long. I’m sure he thinks he will continue to get away w/it. No consequences for anything!
— Valerie Torres (@Mimi4Torres) September 29, 2017
“Predatory liar doing well amongst people who believe anything. Check out serial sexual harasser.”
— Vikki V (@MissVikkiV) September 28, 2017
As for Hannity… by the looks of him, the only thing he’s been crushing lately is a plate of cheeseburgers. pic.twitter.com/Ai88H3CbD2
— Chris Sullivan (@CLS) September 29, 2017
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