Whose Corruption Is It Anyway? Trump Sets New Precedent

Norman Rozenberg
Norman Rozenberg

Corruption is endemic in politics, even here in the United States. While we do not have to pay bribes to get through everyday life, we still see corruption all around us. Local mayors are sacked for money laundering and Hillary Clinton is accused of pay-to-play. Political corruption, however, is ostensibly different from the kind of corruption we elected to govern in the White House – and we should be worried.

Whose Corruption Is It Anyway? Trump Sets New Precedent

There is no doubt that Hillary Clinton is a corrupt politician.

She has to be.

There is a line, however, between Hillary Clinton’s corruption and Donald Trump’s. Clinton is a corrupt politician in the traditional, governmental sense. She is able to get things done precisely because she is fluent in the language of corruption that makes the American system tick. Trump, unfortunately, is a corrupt civilian.

Trump takes advantage of the corrupted system for his own benefit. He was able to amass a fortune through backroom deals and to bribe his way through the system. He was able to coerce communities to build casinos and hotels to amass personal wealth without giving back.

Political corruption is a symptom of a greater problem in this country. The rules of the game operate on an “I’ll scratch your back, you scratch mine” mentality, fueling dishonest and double-dealing behaviors. To address a problem, to pass any form of legislation, to make constituents’ lives better, politicians must play the corrupt game. This does not mean that ordinary Americans are worse off; many can benefit from the political wheeling and dealing on Capitol Hill.

While the corrupt system in Washington needs to be addressed and may have led to Trump’s victory in the first place, our next president’s mentality is unprecedented. Rather than fighting corruption and “draining the swamp,” he is bringing in Wall Street executives to guide policy and is expanding his businesses thanks to newfound influence. Foreign dignitaries will stay at his hotels and the Secret Service may end up paying him rent at Trump Tower.

We, as voters, must ask ourselves: is my representative using the corrupt system to benefit ordinary Americans? Is this representative doing everything in his or her power to better my community and this country?

Our next president is not fighting the system.

President Donald Trump is not corrupt for me.

He is corrupt for himself.