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Trump's Former Ethics Czar Goes Off on Trump for Holding His Convention Speech at the White House

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After repeated shuffling of the locale for this year's Republican National Convention, the GOP—like its Democratic counterpart—opted for a mostly virtual convention.

A major controversy sparked when President Donald Trump announced that he'd be accepting the party's nomination for President on the South Lawn of the White House, spurring numerous concerns about potential Hatch Act violations.

The Hatch Act forbids most government officials from using their offices to benefit campaigns for office or other purely political actions. It doesn't apply to the President or Vice President, but it does apply to his officials, such as Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf, who performed a naturalization ceremony for the convention.

And on the final night of the convention, Americans across the country were disturbed to see the White House—paid for by Americans of all political ideologies—decorated with Trump 2020 paraphernalia for a Republican convention.

Among those disgusted was the former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics—Walter Shaub—who served under Trump for the President's first year in office.

Shaub called the action a "civic equivalent to a mortal sin."

He wasn't the only one who was discomforted by the sight.







Adding to the concerns were the 1000+ people flouting pandemic guidelines as the American death toll nears 190 thousand.



When asked about possible Hatch Act violations, the President's chief of staff said, "nobody outside the Beltway really cares."