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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‘We Are Not a Cult!’: GOP Senator Begs Chuck Todd Not to Call Donald Trump the Republican ‘Leader’
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) insisted that his party is “not a cult” despite a cult-like following for former President Donald Trump.
NBC host Chuck Todd pointed out in a Sunday interview that Republicans largely maintained “the same leadership” despite underperforming in the midterm elections.
“And of course, Donald Trump is sort of the leader out there,” he said. “If there’s no change there, do you think that’s a problem for Republicans going forward?”
“First, we’re not a cult,” Cassidy offered without prompting. “We’re not like, OK, there’s one person who leads our party. If we have a sitting president, she or he will be the leader of our party.”
Cassidy argued that the Republican Party has been missing a “fulsome discussion” of policies.
“Again, we are not going to have one person anointed unless she or he happens to be a sitting president,” he remarked.
Watch the video below from NBC or at the link.
Ron Johnson Tells Fox News Why He Lied About Term Limits to Run Again: ‘I’m Just One of Those Truth-Tellers’
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Sunday explained why he has decided to run for Senate again despite promising to impose term limits on himself.
Fox News host Maria Bartiromo spoke to Johnson soon after he announced he is running again.
“There are many factors,” Johnson asserted. “It wasn’t an easy decision. But I think probably the easiest way to put it is that I love America dearly. I love the American people. I love the folks in Wisconsin and I think this country is in trouble. I think Democrats in power in Washington have put us on a very dangerous path and I think I’m in a position to help improve things.”
“It really just boils down — it’s that simple,” he continued. “We need to restore confidence in so many institutions within — throughout America, whether it’s in governmental agencies, whether it’s in media, in big tech. People have lost confidence. And the only way I can see restoring confidence is we need to ask a lot of questions, we need to get some answers, we need accountability.”
Johnson added: “We need the truth and unfortunately the truth is being censored today at an alarming, very disconcerting rate. And so, I’m just one of those truth-tellers. I ask tough questions, I try and get answers. But when I tell the truth, the truths that the media elite, the governing elite don’t want to hear, I get censored, I get attacked, I get vilified but it doesn’t deter me. And I think we need people who are willing to seek the truth.”
Watch the video below from Fox News.
Hydroxychloroquine-Promoting Ex-Journalist Launches AZ Governor Bid With Unhinged Video Attacking the Press
Former Fox 10 anchor Kari Lake is running as a Republican for governor of Arizona.
Earlier this year, Lake left the Phoenix network after 22 years, in part because she was upset that her employer would not let her do segments promoting Bitcoin and hydroxychloroquine.
Bill Goodykoontz, the media critic for The Arizona Republic, explained the dynamics surrounding Lake’s departure from journalism in a March analysis.
“While Lake has done her share of responsible journalism, the past few years of her career have been notable for controversies. Lake shared disinformation about the First Amendment after Twitter and Facebook suspended Trump’s accounts for his posting of misleading information and lies after his words inspired the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol,” Goodykoontz wrote. “It wasn’t a First Amendment issue, despite conservative talking points meant to frame it as one.”
After Lake announced her gubernatorial bid, Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts reminded readers of her coronavirus misinformation.
“Lake was a longtime Fox 10 news anchor who in recent years has taken to peddling conspiracy theories and spreading outright misinformation,” Roberts wrote.
She noted “that time in April 2020 when she tweeted a debunked COVID-19 video, calling it ‘one of the most HONEST COVID-19 briefings I’ve seen to date.’ The video – featuring two California doctors who advised that staying home during a global pandemic would weaken your immune system – was condemned by the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians as ‘reckless and untested musings” that are “inconsistent with current science and epidemiology regarding COVID-19.'”
“Somewhere along the line, Lake lost her way as a journalist, believing that it’s OK to pass along lies and misinformation but it’s an ‘attack’ to question a high-profile, long-time news anchor about her sudden and mysterious disappearance from the airwaves,” Roberts explained. “I will say this. She’s certainly on brand at the moment for our beloved Arizona, the birthplace of bamboo ballots and unending election audits. Lake should play well on the far-right fringe of the Republican Party.”
In an apparent effort to solidify the far-right fringe, Lake released a video where she smashes TVs with a sledgehammer to show her hatred of the media.
The TV’s in the video feature CNN reporters Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo, and Brian Stelter among others.
Lockdowns, Masks, Weak Border Policies, Sketchy Elections & FAKE News Media — I’m taking a Sledgehammer to ALL of it
Elect the Conservative Outsider as Governor to drain the Arizona Swamp
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) July 22, 2021
Lake will be speaking at Donald Trump’s Saturday rally in Phoenix pushing his “Big Lie” of election fraud which resulted in the widely panned Arizona audit.
I’m excited to speak at the Rally to Save our Elections with President Donald J Trump this Saturday in downtown Phoenix.
Looking forward to seeing everyone there. #SaveOurElections #PresidentTrump #TurningPointAction #MAGA #KARIZONA pic.twitter.com/DfICOvwHmD
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) July 22, 2021
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