Trump derangement syndrome knows no bounds, especially in Congress. Not only are lawmakers hell-bent on convicting President Donald Trump of anything, doesn’t matter the charge, that would keep him from attaining high office again, but now, they are throwing other former presidents in the mix.
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), who leads the Democrats’ campaign arm, and Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) have authored the Restoring and Enforcing Accountability of Presidents (REAP) Act. It would reform the Former Presidents Act of 1958 by stripping past presidents convicted of a felony of their $219,200 annual pension, office space, and a budget to pay for staff.
Considering that President Trump donated his salary for that position – a higher figure than that for former presidents – back to the nation and that he owns what amounts to a presidential retreat house in Florida, how this would impact him if he ever happened to be convicted of a felony is rather curious. He even has his own security team, so the Secret Service is rather superfluous for him.
What these people hope to accomplish with this spiteful action is a good question.
“Breaking the law has consequences – no matter how powerful you are, or were. Presidents who are convicted of a felony should not receive taxpayer-funded benefits. It’s that simple,” Maloney, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman, said in a statement. “The fact that this bill is now necessary in America brings me no joy, but we must demand accountability from those who have held our nation’s highest office.”
“While Congress must refuse to let Donald Trump off the hook for inciting a deadly insurrection and for committing countless other crimes during his lawless presidency,” Jayapal added, “we must also ensure that no president who is convicted of a felony receives taxpayer-funded benefits.
“The REAP Act is an important step towards finally securing full accountability and justice in this country,” she said.
But the Trump Derangement Syndrome is rather entertaining.