*The following is an opinion column by R Muse*
The many and varied oral reactions to Trump have been, besides primarily rife with pejoratives, fairly imaginative for people in a state of shock that their nation is being led by a moron many professionals claim is a functional illiterate suffering severe narcissistic personality disorder; what this column labeled a petulant brat. It is almost certain that many of the reactions to Trump and his tyrannical style of “leadership” are of the “spicier” obscenity-laced type and can hardly be put into print or uttered in mixed or polite company; nasty people just invite those kinds of responses.
Now, whatever comity or respect for the office usually afforded a fellow politician was ‘trumped’ by a nasty remark by Trump and it drove one Pennsylvania state senator to abandon proper decorum and lash out at Trump and dare him to seek vengeance. Pennsylvania state Senator, Daylin Leach, took umbrage over a threat from Trump to destroy a Texas’ state senator’s career for proposing a reform that Trump doesn’t like.
The issue began when Rockwall County Sheriff, Harold Eavenson, told Trump that a state senator in Texas wanted to change the state’s civil asset forfeiture law to require that a person be convicted of a crime before their assets could be seized. Trump’s response was, “Who is the state senator? Do you want to give his name? We’ll destroy his career.”
That was a bit much for any American to hear from the leader of the Executive branch, but for Mr. Leach it was an affront too far and he let loose with a few clever names for Trump along with an invitation to “try to destroy my career.” Mr. Leach was particularly clever to use Trump’s primary means of communication, the Twitter to assail him saying:
“Hey @realdDonaldTrump I oppose civil asset forfeiture too! Why don’t you try to destroy my career you fascist, loofa-faced shit-gibbon.”
For the record, a gibbon is a member of the ape family, but combining it with feces in the Scottish originated shitgibbon means “A toad who thinks he is a prince, devoid of any self-awareness as to what an asshole he looks like to everyone around him.”
A spokesman for Senator Leach, Steve Hoenstine told PhillyVoice:
“Trump blithely talked about destroying the career of a man who disagreed with Trump on a policy issue. Then Trump laughed about it, which is just what you’d expect from someone who gets his kicks firing people on national television. He continues to undermine democratic norms, America’s system of checks and balances, and the general principle of human decency. Senator Leach is mad as hell about it, as you can see from his tweet.”
It is likely that Mr. Leach is “mad as Hell” about everything connected to Trump; who in their right mind can blame him? However, it turns out that this abominable civil asset forfeiture issue is near and dear to Leach’s heart. He co-sponsored legislation aimed at reforming asset forfeiture laws in Pennsylvania. Watch Senator Leach explain, in his own words, why he really is mad as Hell.
Law enforcement agencies use civil asset forfeiture laws to seize cash and property from individuals based on a “suspicion” that the property was involved in a crime. It is a nifty way to legally steal money and property from American citizens who in many cases do not need to be arrested, charged, or convicted for law enforcement to legally and permanently seize their belongings, according to the ACLU.
As an example of what is happening across the nation, the Chicago Police Department used a “civil asset forfeiture program” to obtain nearly $72 million in cash and assets since 2009. The Chicago police then used the stolen $72 million to “maintain a secret slush fund.”
Obviously, since Trump supports any means of robbing Americans, and with a “special program” available for law enforcement shenanigans, it is little wonder the Trump wants to destroy the career of a politician trying to “reform” the system to better protect citizens from criminal justice system thieves.
This particular incident isn’t about civil asset forfeiture abominations, although it is an issue that must be addressed to protect the innocent from the all-powerful law enforcement system. What it does reveal is that no-one in America is safe from Trump including federal judges and the federal appellate courts. No-one alive doubts that Trump would attempt to destroy a politician’s career simply because they disagreed with him; he did call a Washington state federal judge “so-called” as in “fake,” and then claimed the federal judicial system is a “disgrace” for even hearing challenges to his unconstitutional religious order against Muslims.
The event also indicates that barely three weeks into his administration, Trump’s bullying and complete disregard for the Constitution have incensed nearly half the population that likely agrees whole-heartedly with Senator Daylin Leach. Trump is a fascist, loofa-faced shit-gibbon that nearly half the population supports impeaching; and who on the planet could possibly blame them? Certainly not this author and assuredly not Senator Leach either.
**The above commentary is the opinion of R Muse**
Audio engineer and instructor for SAE. Writes op/ed commentary supporting Secular Humanist causes, and exposing suppression of women, the poor, and minorities. An advocate for freedom of religion and particularly, freedom of NO religion.
Born in the South, raised in the Mid-West and California for a well-rounded view of America; it doesn’t look good.
Former minister, lifelong musician, Mahayana Zen-Buddhist.