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Calls for Ethics Probe as Ocasio-Cortez Threatens Trump Jr with 'Subpoena Power'

Investigation called for as Democrat Socialist makes threats over meme posted online

 on 8th December 2018 @ 9.00pm
alexandria ocasio cortez is in hot water after making threats to donald trump jr © press
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in hot water after making threats to Donald Trump Jr.

After Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez threatened to use her coming "subpoena powers" against Donald Trump Jr. in response to a meme he posted on Twitter, calls are being made for a ethics investigation into the young Democrat Socialist.

Don Jr. posted a meme on his Instagram account that criticized Ocasio-Cortez's socialist policies.

The image featured a picture of the Democratic Socialist Rep.-elect alongside a photo of President Trump and claimed that introducing socialism in America will lead to citizens resorting to eating dogs instead of keeping them as pets.

The text on the meme next to Ocasio-Cortez reads: “Why are you so afraid of a socialist economy?” with a suggested response from the president that says: “Because Americans want to walk their dogs, not eat them.”

Donald Trump Jr. added a caption that read: "It's funny cuz it's true!!!"

The Washington Post covered to the posting of the critical meme saying: "Donald Trump Jr. trolls Ocasio-Cortez with meme implying socialists eat dogs."

donald trump jr  shared the meme on his instagram account © press
Donald Trump Jr. shared the meme on his Instagram account

According to The Daily Caller, in response to a Washington Post write up of the meme, Ocasio-Cortez threatened to use the “subpoena power” of Congress against Trump Jr.

“I have noticed that Junior here has a habit of posting nonsense about me whenever the Mueller investigation heats up,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

“Please, keep it coming Jr [sic] — it’s definitely a ‘very, very large brain’ idea to troll a member of a body that will have subpoena power in a month.”

Commenters pointed out that the act of threatening to use the power of Congress against other Americans for partisan gain is prohibited by ethics rules.

Sean Davis of the Federalist pointed to House Ethics Manual stipulations that members of Congress are “prohibited from threatening” due to partisan politics and cited the statute.


sean davis said  members of congress are prohibited from threatening punitive action © press
Sean Davis said 'Members of Congress are prohibited from threatening punitive action'

Other commenters on Twitter chimed in:

Ocasio-Cortez later tweeted in response to backlash, “For the GOP crying that this is a ‘threat’ — I don’t have power to subpoena anybody," she said in a follow-up tweet.

"Congress as a body, GOP included, has the power.

"No [individual] member can issue a subpoena unless they are a chair (which, as a freshman, I can assure you I will not be). Also must be under purview.”

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