7 DC Residents Challenge Trump International’s Liquor License Based on Requirement That It Be Held by Someone With ‘Good Moral Character’

During the 2016 presidential campaign, President Donald Trump vowed his business holdings would be a non-issue because he would remove himself from all day to day operations and put the businesses in a “blind trust” to be run solely by his sons.

While that is not how a blind trust works, the vow never came to fruition post-election anyway, particularly as it pertains to the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., which Trump still has ownership of.

Now seven religious and civic leaders in Washington DC plan to use Trump’s decision to remain heavily involved in his private businesses, and his moral character, against him.

The group, comprised of three reverends, two rabbis and two federal court judges, petitioned the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4C (ANC 4C) of Washington DC to revoke Donald Trump’s liquor license issued to him —and still in his name— for the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC. The reason? The President lacks good moral character.

ANC 4C voted unanimously to support the petition and forwarded the petition to the District of Columbia Alcohol Beverage Control Board, who provides oversight for liquor licenses. According to Zach Teutsch, a commissioner in ANC 4C,

We would be taking a similar action towards any high-profile community member that has a long, detailed public history of dishonesty, civil and criminal accusations.”

The seven DC spiritual and civic leaders cited a provision of the liquor licensing laws covering Washington DC which states the license holder must be of “good moral character.” The President, their petition states, falls far short in that regard.

Their original complaint, filed in April, stated,

Donald Trump, the true and actual owner of the Trump International Hotel, is not a person of good character.”

And they provided examples.

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Amelia Mavis Christnot

Amelia Christnot is an Oglala Lakota, Kanien'kehá:ka and Metis Navy brat who settled in the wilds of Northern Maine. She considers herself another proud Maineiac. Her picture is from 1984 for purely Orwellian reasons.