Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) called Donald Trump a sexual predator, so the president-elect responded by threatening to abuse his presidential power and sue a US Senator.
After Trump had won the election, Sen. Reid said, “If this is going to be a time of healing, we must first put the responsibility for healing where it belongs: at the feet of Donald Trump, a sexual predator who lost the popular vote and fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate. Winning the electoral college does not absolve Trump of the grave sins he committed against millions of Americans. Donald Trump may not possess the capacity to assuage those fears, but he owes it to this nation to try.
Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway spoke for Trump on Fox News Sunday, and threatened to sue a sitting US Senator:
I find Harry Reid’s public comments and insults about Donald Trump and other Republicans to be beyond the pale. They’re incredibly disappointing. Talk about not wanting my children to listen to somebody.
And he should be very careful about characterizing somebody in a legal sense. He thinks — he thinks he’s just being some kind of political pundit there, but I would say be very careful about the way you characterize it. How is —
Reid’s office responded, “It only took five days for President-elect Trump to try to silence his critics with the threat of legal action. This should shock and concern all Americans. Trump has always used threats and intimidation to silence his critics. Now he wants to silence a discussion of the acts of hate and threats of violence being committed in his name across the country. Silencing this discussion normalizes hate and intimidates the victims.”
Welcome to the Trump administration, where anyone who dares to criticize the president will face the threat of a lawsuit,
Reid’s office was correct. Anyone who cares about the First Amendment should be horrified by the fact that the first response by the president-elect to being criticized was to send his staff on to network television to threaten a lawsuit.
Enough of the voters put a man who has no regard or respect for the Constitution in the White House, and the consequences of this decision are already beginning to be felt.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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