Email #29, Subject: Please audit the President-elect

I remain disturbed by President-elect Trump’s network of business interests and how they influence his decisions. President Carter sold his farm when he moved to the White House in order to reassure voters. President-elect Trump seems to be moving in the opposite direction, using the Presidency to expand his business interests. He’s remaining an executive producer at CBS and inviting foreign dignitaries to stay at his hotels. He has not agreed to put his business holdings in a blind trust, and instead is letting family members run them, even those who are simultaneously working with him in the White House. He said after the election he would release his tax records, but he’s not done even that. We need to know what his conflicts of interest are. I understand why you wouldn’t want to challenge your own Party’s leader, but ignoring the problem creates a much larger one. If his behavior continues he will violate the Constitution, and instead of avoiding calls for his tax records, you’ll be avoiding calls for his Impeachment. You are the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee. Your party and your nation need your leadership. Please make the President-elect follow through on his promise to release his tax records.

Chris Gavaler

Author: Chris Gavaler

Chris Gavaler is an associate professor at W&L University, comics editor of Shenandoah, and series editor of Bloomsbury Critical Guides in Comics Studies. He has published two novels: School for Tricksters (SMU 2011) and Pretend I’m Not Here (HarperCollins 2002); and six books of scholarship: On the Origin of Superheroes (Iowa 2015), Superhero Comics (Bloomsbury 2017), Superhero Thought Experiments (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Iowa 2019), Revising Fiction, Fact, and Faith (with Nathaniel Goldberg, Routledge 2020), Creating Comics (with Leigh Ann Beavers, Bloomsbury 2021), and The Comics Form (Bloomsbury forthcoming). His visual work appears in Ilanot Review, North American Review, Aquifer, and other journals.

One thought on “Email #29, Subject: Please audit the President-elect”

  1. It’s only a theory absent concrete evidence, but if Mr. Trump is truly insolvent (owes more than all his income sources), then he “can’t afford” to reveal it. It would explain why he didn’t “self-finance” his campaign (he couldn’t) but also charged the campaign for using his buildings and plane, why he had to be hounded by journalists into fulfilling his charity pledge to vets, why he needed a “Trump U” (for cash flow), why his campaign always spent less (it had no war chest), and why he will NEVER release his tax records. He may have boxed himself in with the “I’m a billionaire” lie, and Mr. Putin probably knows it.


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