Calls Congressional Power to Subpoena Information ‘What They Do in Third World Countries’ (Literally What They Don’t Do in ‘Third World’ Countries)
Eric Trump was mercilessly mocked Monday afternoon after posting a tweet exposing what many said is his lack of understanding about how the federal government actually works.
In response to Republican Party chair Rona McDaniel tweeting a false claim about a possible House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announcement she will use the constitutionally-granted power of checks and balances, including the power of subpoenas, the younger adult Trump son called it “a very scary day for America,” “a slippery slope,” and “what they do in third world countries.”
It is a very scary day for America when the House Minority Leader threatens to weaponize the legal system against political rivals using “Subpoena Power”. This is what they do in third world countries. Disgusting concept and a slippery slope that America wants no part of. https://t.co/XmsOxf6Zte
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) October 22, 2018
As many pointed out, using subpoenas to legally obtain information is exactly the opposite of what “third world countries” do. (Also, they’re called developing nations, not “third world countries.”) Nor is it a “slippery slope,” although the GOP’s seemingly endless investigations into Benghazi might qualify under the “slippery slope” umbrella.
One University of Texas Law School professor weighed in:
So now it’s a “very scary day for America” when one of the coordinate branches of government “threatens” to exercise its <checks notes> constitutional authority to conduct oversight of one of the other branches.
Can someone send him a copy of the Federalist? Or even just No. 47? https://t.co/Xi82SrW6Q1
— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) October 22, 2018
Former Vice President Biden chief of staff:
Son of man who regularly leads “LOCK HER UP” chants is very concerned about abuse of subpoena power. https://t.co/8Xp99EsSxp
— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) October 22, 2018
Here’s how some others responded on social media:
They haven’t gotten to that chapter in the Colorforms book yet.
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) October 22, 2018
It’s definitely a close call.
— Jesse Rodriguez (@Bigjester50) October 22, 2018
You truly don’t understand how our government works, do you? “Subpoena power” is the power of Congress to obtain testimony in fulfilling its Constitutional role of oversight. It has been used for 227 years. That “slippery slope” is totally flat.
— Dave Cohen 🌊 (@itscsesq) October 22, 2018
That’s what stopped Nixon from getting away with breaking the law.
That’s what they do in non-corrupt countries.
In corrupt countries, they don’t do that.
— JRehling (@JRehling) October 22, 2018
He’s not the sharpest tack in the box, and that family isn’t known for their intelligence. https://t.co/NOcHETN9ep
— Joshua Holland 🔥 (@JoshuaHol) October 22, 2018
Next thing you know, she’s going to weaponize the legislative system by using her “bill passing” and “veto override” powers to force the executive branch to take actions it doesn’t want to. https://t.co/agmKdliNG9
— Ethan BdM (@ethanbdm) October 22, 2018
— P.B. (@Dinamico_7) October 22, 2018
In “third world countries”, people seize power without a majority of the (suppressed) vote, and then put their family into positions of immeasurable power. That sounds like Trump’s America. I hope we can stop it from becoming permanent on November 6.
— D. M. Candiru (@DoctorCandiru) October 22, 2018
you know what Presidents do in third world countries? The President makes money out of being President, names his/her relatives to key jobs, allows ally governments to abuse and kill their citizens, use the legal system to block their competitor’s businesses, threaten the press.
— Luis S. Herrero (@lherrero) October 22, 2018
How the hell did the GOP House hold all of those #Benghazi hearings? It was with the subpoena power. @EricTrump apparently lacks a fundamental understanding of how the different branches of government function. Why do people keep talking to him?
— Ben Campo (@bencampo) October 22, 2018
Just starting you with the basics. pic.twitter.com/P2ScrYDrpt
— “We all float down here”Georgie (@LibraryCreepDL) October 22, 2018
I swear, it’s like reality started in mid-2016 with these guys. https://t.co/SqY6C8JAUx
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) October 22, 2018
There is so much ignorance in this tweet that it’s hard to respond. I’ll just note that your father threatened to jail his opponent during a debate. https://t.co/S5NLFB8OHo
— Nancy LeTourneau (@Smartypants60) October 22, 2018
Eric, finger out of your nose, listen a moment, repeat after me, “My daddy isn’t a dictator” OK, next, “There are 3 co-equal branches of gov’t.” Next “Congress is charged in Article I w/oversight of exec branch.” I get you trumps aren’t much into separation of powers, but we ARE
— Jenni Agitator (@Jenni4Justice) October 22, 2018
Three Branches of Government School House Rock https://t.co/tRxceMI2Aj
— George H. Thomas (@terroir360) October 22, 2018
Eric Trump is the DUMBEST of the Trumps I am sure. This moron thinks Congress using a subpoena is like what dictators do. Actually Eric, dictators like Putin do not use subpoenas, they MURDER people vs bringing them in to testify. USA is tired of the TRUMP CRIME FAMILY. https://t.co/JgDG2vzPUA
— kim oconnor (@kimoco) October 22, 2018
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Pence to Blow Off Trump’s Big Military Sendoff – and Cites ‘Logistical Challenges’ as Reason: Report
President Donald Trump wants to have a big sendoff by supporters and allies on Wednesday morning at Andrews Air Force Base — but Vice President Mike Pence reportedly will not be attending.
According to Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey, Pence “is not expected to attend” Trump’s sendoff because it would be “logistically challenging” for him to attend Trump’s departure and President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Trump’s relationship with Pence has deteriorated after the president falsely told supporters that Pence had the power to unilaterally throw out the results of the 2020 presidential election from his position as president of the Senate.
When Pence refused to scrap the electoral college vote tallies, Trump accused him of lacking courage, and the president’s supporters began chanting, “Hang Mike Pence!” as they stormed the United States Capitol building.
Pence had long been one of Trump’s most loyal and dedicated political allies, although that apparently changed after the Secret Service had to rush him to safety to avoid betting attacked by an angry mob of Trump supporters.
Trump Tweets ‘We Will Not Be Silenced!’ From US Government Account – Twitter Immediately Deletes Tweet
Barely hours after Twitter permanently banned President Donald Trump’s @realDonaldTrump account, Trump accessed a U.S. government account, posted tweets attacking the social media company, and threatened to create a start-up competitor platform.
“As I have been saying for a long time, Twitter has gone further and further in banning free speech, and tonight, Twitter employees have coordinated with the Democrats and Radical Left in removing my account from their platform, to silence me,” Trump tweeted from the @POTUS account, which some might say is an unlawful use of government resources and assets.
CNBC managed to grab screenshots of the four tweets that Twitter immediately deleted.
Trump on the @POTUS account claimed he has been “negotiating” with other social media sites, and is looking at “building out our own platform in the near future.”
“We will not be SILENCED!” Trump threatened.
Creating a social media platform requires tremendous capital and technological resources. One of the most recent additions, Parler, was just banned from Google’s app store, and Apple today also threatened to remove the app from its store. Parler has become home to white supremacists. Parler has been accused of having ties to Russia.
Twitter earlier Friday had banned Trump, citing the “risk of further incitement of violence.”
Donald Trump Just Spent $3 Million to Win Joe Biden 132 More Votes
He could have spent $8 million to have Wisconsin perform a recount of the entire state but President Donald Trump opted to spend less and target two heavily-Democratic counties. The results from Milwaukee County are in: Biden picks up another 132 votes.
Trump – or rather, the Trump campaign – just spent a little less than $23,000 per vote, of his donors’s hard-earned money, to expand Joe Biden’s lead.
The recount in Dane County is continuing.
The vote for all of Wisconsin is slated to be certified this weekend. Biden won the state by well over 20,000 votes.
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