Regarding the Use of the White House for the Republican Convention

August 27, 2020 – The Washington Post reports that use of the White House in the Republican Convention raises legal questions (Washington Post, August 27, 2020, A9). Use of Fort McHenry in Baltimore in the Republican convention raises legal issues as well. According to the Post, Mark Meadows, the President’s Chief of Staff, says he is not concerned about possibly breaking the law because “Nobody outside of the Beltway really cares.” This is an insult to those living outside the Beltway.

Most undoubtedly care just as much about law-breaking as those who live inside the Beltway. More worrisome is the arrogance that assumes that use of the people’s house and the hallowed ground of Fort McHenry to advance President Trump’s efforts to stay in power is ok just because he can get away with it. Down that path lies tyranny.

Stan Marcuss
Washington, D.C.
Member, Lawyers Defending American Democracy

This letter was sent to the Washington Post, but not published.