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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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
Image via Facebook
‘Welcome Back’: Jen Psaki Perfectly Mocks Fox News’ Peter Doocy for Pushing Political Agenda Attacking Texas Dems
Fox News’ Peter Doocy wasted no time upon returning to the White House Press Briefing Room Wednesday, offering his highly-partisan take on Texas Democrats working to block an extreme voter suppression bill in the Lone Star State. Press Secretary Jen Psaki served up the best possible response mocking his attack.
Doocy had asked Psaki if she knew of “any examples of his 36 years in the Senate” when now-President Joe Biden “just hopped on a train and left town to avoid a vote that he knew he was going to lose?”
Psaki, holding back a smirk, replied by saying, “Welcome back.”
The other reporters in the room broke out in laughter.
“Look, I think that the President’s view is that these Texas legislators were making a statement through action in opposition to efforts in their state to oppose restrictions on people’s fundamental rights and their rights to vote in their state, [to] go ahead and vote.”
The vast majority of Democrats in the Texas House on Monday got on a plane and flew to Washington, D.C. to try to block the House from forming a quorum in a last-ditch effort to kill Governor Greg Abbott’s extreme voter suppression bill. They now face arrest after their colleagues voted to invoke an option in the House rules that allows law enforcement to literally hunt them down, capture them, and force their attendance in the House chamber.
“Welcome back” pic.twitter.com/JABrv2p0LO
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 14, 2021
WATCH: Ex-Trump Lawyer Jenna Ellis Quits ‘Corrupted’ GOP Live on Air
One former Trump elections lawyer is fed up with the Republican Party and announced on “Real America’s Voice” she is quitting the GOP.
During an appearance on the conservative news platform, Ellis attacked the party for not going enough to defend the honor of former President Donald Trump.
“Sure, the Republicans claim to be keeping Democrats in check, but only a handful of outsiders are actually speaking up,” she fumed. “The rest are compromising on everything. The infrastructure bill, for example. Or the second impeachment hoax, where [Senate GOP Leader Mitch] McConnell actually stood up and ranted against President Trump for his own political gain, not for the truth.”
She continued to complain about how the Republican National Committee was being operated.
“What happened to the millions raised by the RNC in November and December of 2020 — the Trump team never saw a dime of that help,” she argued. “All of them, including [RNC Chair] Ronna McDaniel, should resign now. Until they do, as of today, I am resigning from the party… A compromised, corrupted majority is not a majority worth being a part of.”
Watch the video below.
BREAKING: @JennaEllisEsq announces she is leaving the Republican Party.
“Even if I stand alone for the Truth, I will stand for the Truth.” – Jenna Ellis
— Real America's Voice (RAV) (@RealAmVoice) July 12, 2021
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