Donald Trump used the taxpayer-owned and funded presidential limousine to take a lap at the Daytona 500 in a presidential campaign stunt.
Here is Trump riding around the track:
The presidential limo known as “The Beast” making its debut at Daytona 500 today. The president looking for NASCAR fans support in his re-election bid. pic.twitter.com/A17i8wF03C
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) February 16, 2020
As Maggie Haberman pointed out Trump is using taxpayers resources for his reelection campaign:
Using the official apparatus of government for what appears to be a political event https://t.co/GWNm8io8O1
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) February 16, 2020
— Vince Coglianese (@VinceCoglianese) February 16, 2020
It is illegal for elected officials to use taxpayer resources for personal political events. The presidential limo is not owned by Trump. It is owned by the taxpayers. Trump went to the Daytona 500 as part of his presidential election campaign. It wasn’t an official presidential event.
Trump had no public events listed on the presidential schedule for Sunday.
The reason why no other president has taken a lap in the presidential limo at Daytona before is that it is illegal.
Donald Trump didn’t make history on Sunday.
He broke another law.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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