Bed bugs are an insect that feed on human blood, usually at night . . . hence the name. Their bites can result in a number of health issues including skin rashes, psychological effects and allergic symptoms.
The first known use of the phrase: "Good night. Sleep tight. Don't let the bedbugs bite" dates back to 1881. The Boscobel: The Novel by Emma M. Newton used a similar phrase, except she referred to these bugs as "buggers." Buggers could include other bugs, such as mosquitos and spiders — but the sentiment is similar.
Flash Forward, 2019, and hashtag #BedBugSummit trended on Twitter October 18, due to allegations of pest infestation at President Trump’s resort in Doral, Florida. This news surfaced following the announcement that the U.S. would be the hosts of the 2019 Group of Seven [G-7] Summit at Trump's Doral Resort.
It was that day when White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announced the venue to reporters that nearly 30,000 tweets blew up Twitter.
This wasn't the first time, this claim was made. Holly Figueroa O’Reilly, a songwriter and founder of the Blue Wave Crowdsource — an organization that supports Democratic candidates — tweeted a January 2017 Miami Herald article related to a lawsuit against Trump Doral over bedbugs.
The hashtag #BedBugSummit trended on Twitter Friday due to allegations of past infestation at President Trump’s resort in Doral, Florida. The news resurfaced following the announcement that the U.S. will host next year’s Group of Seven (G-7) Summit at the Trump property.
It was the day after White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters that the 2020 G-7 summit would take place at Trump National Doral that nearly 30,000 tweets had been sent using the hashtag.
Holly Figueroa O’Reilly, a songwriter and founder of the Blue Wave Crowdsource — an organization that aims to support Democratic candidates — tweeted a January 2017 Miami Herald article covering a lawsuit against Trump Doral over bedbugs.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) tweeted that the “#BedBugSummit is a clear violation of the emoluments clause” of the Constitution.
The decision to hold the major international summit at this property instantaneously motivated outrage from the president’s critics who debated that Trump is looking to enrich his family's brand by selling his resort to world leaders.
According to the constitution, the Emolument Clause of Article 1, Section 9, Paragraph 8 is a broad restriction that prohibits those holding offices from procuring profit, gifts, payments or any other thing of value from a foreign state or its rulers, officers, or representatives.
Since Trump took office, Democrats and watchdog groups have been raising concerns about Trump's frequent use of his holdings to enrich the Trump brand. Beyond hotels, this includes his daughter Ivanka securing dozens of tradesmarks in China for her clothing, jewelry and auxiliary products.
Diluting the Brand
With this kind of negative press, Trump chose to cancel his Summit. Most likely this move was made, not so much based on the Constitution's Emolument Clause, but due more to the dilution of his brand.
Ironic isn't it. Instead of the rule of law, the president of this nation was defeated by a little bug.
While Trump calling the rising criticism as "irrational hostility," he buckled under the pressure and issued a statement that he would select a replacement site to hold the conference . . . perhaps Camp David where the G7 was held in the past.
That is of course if Trump doesn't retaliate with some revenge tweets about that venue being invested by rodents, or some such other menace. It's difficult to predict. It depends what mood he wakes up with on the morning the new venue is announced. Stay tuned.
Primary Source: The Hill