The Trump regime Monday afternoon used the official White House Twitter account to falsely accuse a top Democratic U.S. Senator of supporting the illegal murderous gang known as MS-13. Some are asking if the use of official government resources to target a sitting federal lawmaker is legal.
At 4:33 PM ET The White House Twitter account, which is officially run by Dan Scavino, posted a tweet directed at California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris, asking, “why are you supporting the animals of MS-13? You must not know what ICE really does.”
The tweet then linked to an ICE.gov press release on the capture of several MS-13 gang members.
Sen. Harris responded, but via her personal Twitter account, blasting the White House:
As a career prosecutor, I actually went after gangs and transnational criminal organizations. That’s being a leader on public safety. What is not, is ripping babies from their mothers. pic.twitter.com/WyyHU3U7jE
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 2, 2018
Journalist Yashar Ali, who has broken several major bombshell stories, notes, “I’m told by a source close to [Sen. Harris] that she has used her personal campaign account to reply to this tweet to make it clear that it was inappropriate for the White House to use their official account.”
Some responses to the White House’s action:
Racist ̶d̶o̶g̶-̶w̶h̶i̶s̶t̶l̶e̶s̶ air-raid sirens from an official White House account… https://t.co/ULr8oM3vZD
— Joshua Holland 🔥 (@JoshuaHol) July 2, 2018
This is disgusting. https://t.co/kzYu1fsgLD
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) July 2, 2018
Suspend this racist account. https://t.co/wwvY2LPVe1
— Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) July 2, 2018
BREAKING: The Official White House Twitter account, maintained with US Tax Dollars, has just clearly violated the HATCH Act by attacking a sitting US Senator @SenKamalaHarris
This just made me love Harris even more!
Where is the outrage???
Where is the Justice?? https://t.co/VJbgTa3LRi
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) July 2, 2018
To see the Trump administration use the official @WhiteHouse account to disseminate dehumanizing racist propaganda is a new low. No human being is an “animal” and the U.S. president should not use the people’s house to attack U.S. senators. UTTERLY REPREHENSIBLE.
— Shannon Coulter (@shannoncoulter) July 2, 2018
.@realDonaldTrump uses his personal Twitter account to make official announcements on U.S. domestic and foreign policy and the official @WhiteHouse account to launch personal attacks on American citizens … Ethics and Integrity (RIP). https://t.co/WIGtLhqG0B
— Col. Morris Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) July 2, 2018
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‘They Have Something on Him’: Trump Calls for McConnell to Be ‘Impeached’ (Which is Not Possible)
Donald Trump, now relegated to a far-right streaming video website as larger right-wing outlets like Fox News distance themselves from him, is now calling for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to be impeached.
A Real America’s Voice host interviewing the former president, who is under several civil and criminal investigations, said, “Democrats are scheming, probably with some of the RINOs, in order to blow the debt ceiling up.”
“RINOs” is a right-wing derogatory term for “Republican in Name Only.”
The host was likely referring to a call to eliminate the debt ceiling, meaning the House and Senate would no longer have to vote to approve a debt limit increase.
“Um, what is your position on that?” the host asked.
“It’s crazy, what’s happening with this debt ceiling,” Trump responded.
“Mitch McConnell keeps allowing them to have it,” the former president said in a manner that appears to exhibit his lack of understanding.
The debt ceiling, or debt limit, as the Treasury Dept. explains, “is the total amount of money that the United States government is authorized to borrow to meet its existing legal obligations, including Social Security and Medicare benefits, military salaries, interest on the national debt, tax refunds, and other payments.”
Most importantly, it “does not authorize new spending commitments. It simply allows the government to finance existing legal obligations that Congresses and presidents of both parties have made in the past.”
In other words, it’s not an authorization to spend more, it’s an authorization to pay the nation’s existing bills.
“Failing to increase the debt limit would have catastrophic economic consequences,” Treasury adds. “It would cause the government to default on its legal obligations – an unprecedented event in American history. That would precipitate another financial crisis and threaten the jobs and savings of everyday Americans – putting the United States right back in a deep economic hole, just as the country is recovering from the recent recession.”
Trump’s claim that “Mitch McConnell keeps allowing them to have it,” in actuality means that McConnell generally supports not shutting down the federal government by allowing his caucus to vote to increase the debt limit.
“I mean, they ought to impeach Mitch McConnell, if he allows that,” the 45th President said, again displaying his basic ignorance of government.
They can be reprimanded, censured, or even expelled, but not impeached.
Also, Trump signed several debt limit increases into law. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget in January of 2020 reported Trump “signed into law $4.2 trillion of debt over a comparable budget window and $4.7 trillion from 2017 through 2029.”
“Frankly, Mitch McConnell, something has to be, they have something on him,” Trump insisted, not identifying who “they” are, or what they might “have” on him. “How he approves this thing is incredible.”
Watch below or at this link.
Trump this morning calls for Mitch McConnell to be impeached: “They ought to impeach Mitch McConnell .. they have something on him.” pic.twitter.com/qP5UPtml7g
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) November 3, 2022
DeSantis Administration Blows Off Court Ruling – Strips Funding From Schools Defying Unlawful Mask Mandate Ban
The administration of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is going ahead with plans to financially punish schools that defy his ban on mask mandates for students.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran withheld funds from the Alachua and Broward county school districts that are equivalent to the salaries paid to school board members’ salaries.
Both counties had defied DeSantis by implementing mask mandates and refused to back down in the face of the governor’s threats.
However, there is some question of whether the decision to withhold the funding from the schools will hold up in court.
“Corcoran’s announcement Monday came after Leon County Circuit Judge John Cooper on Friday ruled that DeSantis’ overstepped his constitutional authority in issuing the executive order,” reports the Tampa Bay Times. “Cooper issued an injunction barring Corcoran, the Department of Education and the State Board of Education from enforcing DeSantis’ order. It was not clear Monday evening whether the announcement about withholding funds from the Alachua and Broward districts conflicts with Cooper’s ruling.”
Despite this, the Florida Department of Education released a statement Monday saying that “the withholding of funds will continue monthly until each school board complies with state law and rule.”
Madison Cawthorn Attacks Dr. Fauci: ‘We Want to Prosecute This Guy to the Full Ability of the Law’
U.S. Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) is attacking Dr. Anthony Fauci, saying House Republicans will “prosecute” the esteemed immunologist and director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), as a “pawn of the Chinese Communist Party” and for lying to Congress.
There is no evidence either of those claims are true.
Speaking to former Trump attorney Jenna Ellis, the host of “Just the Truth” on the Real America’s Voice website, Cawthorn falsely claimed Dr. Fauci has “directly lied to Congress,” echoing a claim made by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on Wednesday. Ellis, who claims to be a “constitutional law attorney,” did not mention to Cawthorn that the House of Representatives does not have the power to criminally prosecute.
“I’ll tell you when we take the majority back in 2022, I’ll make sure consequences are doled out,” Cawthorn promised. “But we want to prosecute this guy to the full ability of the law because I’ll tell you to lie to the American people just to get your name in the news just to see your face on the cover of books just to get fame or fortune, I’ll tell you, Dr. Anthony Fauci does not deserve either fame or fortune.”
On Wednesday Cawthorn told Newsmax, “I think we should indict Jill Biden.”
Rep. Madison Cawthorn vows that if the GOP gains control of the House in 2022, he will “make sure that consequences are doled out” to Dr. Anthony Fauci: “We want to prosecute this guy to the full ability of the law.” pic.twitter.com/kFN0rGOCGJ
— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) July 22, 2021
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