Nov. 16, 2018
Adelson’s Presidential Medal of Freedom is Epitome of Trump-Era Corruption
Statement of Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen
Note: Today, President Donald Trump is scheduled to award Miriam Adelson, a doctor and wife of casino magnate and major Republican donor Sheldon Adelson, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the U.S.
What do Babe Ruth, Elvis and Miriam Adelson have in common? Nothing. Miriam Adelson should not receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Whatever her professional accomplishments, it is obvious that Adelson is receiving the award solely because she and her husband Sheldon are Republican megadonors, having funneled more than $100 million into the 2018 elections alone.
Trump is the King Midas of corruption – whatever civic institution he touches turns to crud.
Trump’s award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Miriam Adelson is just the latest sign of his ability to corrupt and corrode all aspects of the government, to degrade highest values and most noble institutions.