The war between Canada and Trump just got real with the publication of a battle plan to target Trump and his family where it hurts – their pocketbooks.
Scott Gilmore, a writer and former Canadian diplomat has been writing extensively about Trump’s efforts to kick off a global trade war.
Writing for McLean’s Magazine, Gilmore has written about the need to bypass normal diplomacy when dealing with Trump.
Earlier this year Gilmore reported that:
French President Emmanuel Macron, who entertained President Trump with pomp, circumstance, and backslaps could not prevent him from abandoning the Paris Agreement. Germany’s persuasive Chancellor Angela Merkel could not stop him from undermining NATO. And our own government’s exhaustive diplomatic campaign has failed to protect us from the punishing steel tariffs.
Continuing, Gilmore explained, that there is – in fact – a way to effectively negotiate these troubled waters:
[Trump] can be successfully engaged, and countries like Ukraine, China, and Qatar have demonstrated this. When they want something from the United States, they skip the State Department… [and] focus on what Trump wants on a personal level – to enrich his family. So Beijing granted Ivanka trademarks, Qatar invested in one of Jared’s office towers, and Ukraine, with Slavic candor, simply wired half a million dollars to the President’s [former] personal lawyer Michael Cohen.
Gilmore expanded on that idea in a follow-up article:
Until this President, every previous modern occupant of the White House divested their assets upon assuming office. This eliminated the possibility personal business interests might benefit from political decisions. Conversely, it prevented others from threatening the President by attacking those assets. Trump, by refusing to give up his businesses, and by flagrantly violating the emoluments clause, has inadvertently handed us the perfect stick.
I propose that instead of taxing the import of American serviettes, we tax Trump. In the spirit of the Magnitsky Act, Canada and the western allies come together to collectively pressure the only pain point that matters to this President: his family and their assets. This could take the form of special taxation on their current operations, freezing of assets, or even sanctions against senior staff. Canada could add a tax to Trump properties equal to any tariff unilaterally imposed by Washington. The European Union could revoke any travel visas for senior staff in the Trump organization. And the United Kingdom could temporarily close his golf courses.
Gilmore calls for a coordinated Canadian boycott targeting Trump and his family members
Continuing, Gilmore took his idea to the next level, publishing a call for fellow Canadians to join him in hitting Trump and his family where it hurts the most – in their pocketbook. “Let’s hit him where it hurts, shall we?” he wrote in the subtitle.
Gilmore facilitated this bold plan by publishing a list of companies to boycott that are owned by Trump and his family or are companies that sell or otherwise promote Trump family goods and/or services.
Gilmore prefaced his call-to-action, writing:
You all have your reasons. Some are furious about domestic policies that lock child asylum seekers in cages. For others, it’s a foreign policy that supports Russia and denigrates allies. Maybe it’s just the man himself, who boasts of assaulting women. Or, it might even be the tariffs, sparking unnecessary trade wars that are killing jobs in the U.S. and abroad. Whatever the reason, you’re reading this because you want to hit back and hurt Trump in the only place he cares about – his wallet.
Continuing, Gilmore explained to his fellow Canadians that “targeted sanctions” imposed by governments “take time.” However, “[you] can move much faster and are far stronger than you realize. Just ask Roseanne Barr, who recently lost her job just hours after individual consumers threatened the ABC network with a boycott. These same market forces can be applied to Trump.”
Gilmore’s article concluded with a list of companies to boycott, “compiled with the assistance of data collected by the Grab Your Wallet campaign.”
Concluding, Gilmore noted that “There are four different ways Canadians can use this list:”
- “Start by simply boycotting these businesses.
- “Contact the company to explain why you are boycotting.
- “Use social media like Twitter and Facebook to address these companies in public.
- “Send this list to your like-minded friends so they can do the same.”
And the best part is that you can take this advice yourself and use this list whether you are Canadian or from the United States or any other individual who opposes the Trump regime.
Why wait for the 2020 elections? Here’s something you can do today to put pressure on Trump’s lawless regime.