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
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."
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.”
I have noticed that Junior here has a habit of posting nonsense about me whenever the Mueller investigation heats up.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 7, 2018
Please, keep it coming Jr - it’s definitely a “very, very large brain” idea to troll a member of a body that will have subpoena power in a month.
Have fun! https://t.co/oQ6MsdJYCk
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.
Are you threatening to use your power as a federal official to subpoena anyone who mocks or otherwise disagrees with you on the Internet? https://t.co/6Ymzqb2Y6Y— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) December 7, 2018
It's worth noting that the official House Ethics Manual explicitly prohibits the kind of threat that @Ocasio2018 just issued against @DonaldJTrumpJr for his refusal to support her political agenda. https://t.co/rJ83EeZXGY— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) December 7, 2018
"Members...are not to take or withhold any official action on the— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) December 7, 2018
basis of the campaign contributions or support of the involved individuals, or their partisan affiliation. Members...are likewise prohibited from threatening
punitive action on the basis of such considerations."
The House prohibition on the very kind of threat that @Ocasio2018 just made to @DonaldTrumpJr couldn't be clearer: lawmakers are "prohibited from threatening punitive action" against people/groups for not politically supporting the lawmaker. Ethics Committee should investigate. pic.twitter.com/NNIPp1vsyv— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) December 7, 2018
Other commenters on Twitter chimed in:
Did you just threaten to subpoena someone for criticizing you? As a lawyer and former prosecutor I find this deeply troubling. https://t.co/OqIpBkbsIS— Kimberly Guilfoyle (@kimguilfoyle) December 7, 2018
Sorry, did this fool just threaten to use the power of government to punish a citizen because he posted a meme? https://t.co/gnlpGAAiKs— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) December 7, 2018
I tend to be nice about you and defend you from silly attacks quite a bit, but I also found it concerning and threatening. In fact, I don’t see how what you expressed could be taken any differently than someone threatening to abuse their power. https://t.co/oZLaSt5CzP— Brandon Darby (@brandondarby) December 7, 2018
For the GOP crying that this is a “threat” - I don’t have power to subpoena anybody.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) December 7, 2018
Congress as a body, GOP included, has the power. No indiv. 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.
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.”