The conservative Wall Street Journal called out Donald Trump for his recent bizarre Twitter attack on Amazon, saying the assault on the online retail giant was motivated by politics and suggesting that Trump could face impeachment should he decide to use government agencies to go after the company.
In an article published on Friday, the WSJ board suggested that Trump’s Thursday Twitter rant against Amazon appears to be connected to his personal vendetta against Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s billionaire founder who also owns the Washington Post (a publication that’s been highly critical of Trump dating back to when he was a presidential candidate).
On Thursday, Trump tweeted:
“I have stated my concerns with Amazon long before the Election. Unlike others, they pay little or no taxes to state & local governments, use our Postal System as their Delivery Boy (causing tremendous loss to the U.S.), and are putting many thousands of retailers out of business!”
I have stated my concerns with Amazon long before the Election. Unlike others, they pay little or no taxes to state & local governments, use our Postal System as their Delivery Boy (causing tremendous loss to the U.S.), and are putting many thousands of retailers out of business!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2018
However, according to The Journal, Trump accusations about Amazon and the U.S. Post Office (as usual) have no basis in reality, writing:
“Mr. Trump’s other big gripe is that taxpayers are on the losing end of Amazon’s deal with the U.S. Postal Service. But that story is also more complicated. The Post Office has often operated at a net loss, but package volumes grew in fiscal 2017 by more than 11%, making it a rare growth market. Many of the additional 589 million boxes delivered last year came from Amazon.”
“Though imperfect, the deal is mutually beneficial,” the editorial continued. “The Post Office arguably needs Amazon more than Amazon needs the Post Office. The Post Office could drop Amazon as a delivery partner, but it would likely have to raise prices elsewhere or endure higher losses. Would Mr. Trump take credit for that?”
The paper also issued a grave warning to the vindictive president, stating that should he decide to use his government authority to inflict damage on Amazon, he could be looking at yet another good reason for Congress to seek his impeachment.
“Mr. Trump could try to unleash the Internal Revenue Service, though that would be a scandal that could be an impeachable offense.”
“Mr. Trump can rail against anyone he wants, but America is still a nation of laws, as Mr. Obama also discovered,” the editors concluded. “This is a lesson Mr. Trump’s critics forgot as they cried wolf over a fascist takeover. The political reality is that the more Mr. Trump publicly assails Amazon, the harder it will be to take regulatory action, deserved or not.”
As to whether or not Trump’s just trying to distract the American people with empty threats against a big name company that he hates or if he’s serious about illegally using his power to harm a private enterprise remains unclear. However, what’s crystal clear is that Trump continues to prove to be an unrelenting national embarrassment and a threat to future American prosperity almost every time his fingers touches his smartphone.
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