Trump calls Rep. Tlaib ‘a despicable human being’ for her latest threat

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s repeated threats to forcibly incarcerate members of the Trump administration who refuse to comply with the Democrats’ draconian subpoenas has earned her a nickname of sorts from the president.

A despicable human being!” President Donald Trump tweeted pithily and bluntly on Sunday morning in response to a story tweeted by White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino.

The nickname sounds perfect for her.

Published by The Hill, that story tweeted by Scavino recounted Tlaib’s latest authoritarian threats.

“Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) revealed in a new interview that House Democrats have discussed jailing allies of the president who do not comply with congressional subpoenas, an escalation of the House’s efforts to force White House compliance with an impeachment inquiry,” the piece reads.

“Tlaib told Deadline Detroit that such an action, known as inherent contempt, would be ‘uncharted territory’ for Congress but added that ‘serious discussions’ about taking the step have occurred within the Democratic caucus,” it adds.

Her stunning remarks made to Deadline Detroit on Saturday marked the second time she’s spoken of arresting members of her own government.

“This is the first time we’ve ever had a situation like this,” she gleefully said while speaking at a town hall in her hometown of Detroit earlier this month about the ongoing impeachment proceedings.

“So they’re trying to figure out, no joke, they’re trying to figure out, well, is it the D.C. police that goes and gets them? We don’t know. Where do we hold them?” she said. “I will tell them they can hold all those people right here in Detroit. We’ll take care of them and make sure they show up to the committee hearings.”

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While the remarks didn’t constitute a direct threat, the implications were clear — abide by the Democrats’ demands or face potential incarceration. The same implications were heard in the remarks she later made to Deadline Detroit.

“There have been actual serious conversations about what the logistics would look like … if we did have to force someone through a court order to come before the Congressional committee,” she said.

“This is pretty uncharted territory for many of us and even for Congress,” the congresswoman added.

Fact-check: FALSE.

Administration officials have bucked subpoenas for decades. In fact, officials with former Democrat President Barack Hussein Obama’s administration ignored congressional subpoenas so often that then-Sen. John McCain sent a letter to the president about it in 2013.

“Your administration’s disdain towards congressional authority and its failure to disclose public records feeds into its adversarial relationship with Congress and fuels public distrust in government,” he wrote.

(Source: John McCain’s Archived Senate web page)

Several Obama officials, including then-Attorney General Eric Holder, were even held in contempt of Congress for ignoring subpoenas. But never once were any of them threatened with arrest by the GOP-led Congress.

But for Tlaib — a left-wing radical who’s called for a “revolution” to “transform” America, hobnobbed with pro-terrorism groups and spoken of the “calming feeling” she experiences when thinking about the Holocaust — it seems to make perfect sense. Ergo perhaps why Trump has labeled her a “despicable human being?”

One whom the president, his social media director and a swarm of other conservatives believe is taking part in a coup to unfairly remove him from office.

It’s a “coup” that’s being perpetrated via an unofficial and arguably unethical “impeachment inquiry” that’s being conducted with the backing of only one half of Congress.

“This is not a legitimate impeachment inquiry,” Senate Judiciary Committee chair Lindsey Graham explained late last week to Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade. “In an impeachment process, the other side can subpoena witnesses. Under this process, they can’t. Under a normal impeachment process authorized by the House as a whole, both sides can call witnesses. Under this process, you can’t.”

The problem is that the impeachment inquiry is informal, meaning the standard rules of impeachment don’t apply. Thus not only can the Republicans not subpoena and question witnesses, but neither can the president and his legal team. In other words, the president’s right to due process has essentially been suspended. And if radical Democrats like Tlaib get their way, his and his officials’ right to freedom will be suspended as well.

It’s a threat that the president’s supporters do NOT appreciate:

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Vivek Saxena

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