Donald Trump may claim to be all about draining the swamp, but a website made by a former Clinton staffer is calling out how often the president-elect shows his conflicts of interest and money-grabbing ways. Or, in other words, how corrupt AF our new president is, which is exactly what inspired the name of the site.
Corrupt.af is the work of Oakland, California native Matt Ortega, who in an email to Mashable on Friday night said “Donald Trump is a threat to democracy, to our democratic institutions, to our values of freedom, to many communities, and to the world.”
The former Clinton campaign staffer is a now a consultant in Washington, D.C. He said he made the Trump website a few weeks ago to track how Trump will use his position and power to make money. “It is clear through his actions and that of his business empire-leading children that his presidency will be a vehicle to enrich themselves,” Ortega said.
Trump’s intent to continue his involvement in producing his reality TV show, Celebrity Apprentice, was one of the more recent instances of putting his business interests ahead of running the country.
The site lists Apprentice-level problems to bigger issues, such as speculation of Russian involvement in the election, calling them all “instances of corruption” and keeps a timer going. Ortega said Americans thought this type of behavior was something only seen in rulers overseas. “Yet, here we are,” he said.
Ortega specifically sought out the the .af domain name and bought it from an Afghanistan-based vendor. He said the domain was more expensive than usual, but worth it to hold Trump accountable.
Ortega’s web skills were already on display back in 2012 with many Mitt Romney-based projects, such as the now-defunct EtchASketchMittRomney.com. Back then he said “there was ample material.”
Four years later, with a Trump presidency in the bag, Ortega might be too busy. When asked if he has other projects in the works, he responded, “Always.”