The way the morons in Donald Trump’s White House behave, it’s almost like the Trump administration WANTS to self-destruct. From the president to his top advisors and staffers, there is no shortage of stupidity and sloppy slip-ups that continuously keep the administration in trouble, and one of the top administration members just committed a big no-no.
Earlier today, Richard Painter — former White House Ethics lawyer for George W. Bush — alerted Americans that White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had violated the Hatch Act due to a pathetic campaign fundraising email that was sent out by Trump’s own son, Eric Trump.
The email from Trump’s idiotic son read:
“Every time I see our incredible Press Secretary Sarah Sanders go to bat for America against a sea of reporters that do everything they can to try and trip her up, I remember why we do what we do: to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.”
As soon as he got the email, Painter wrote on Twitter:
“Sarah Sanders @PressSec: please read the Hatch Act and ask Eric Trump to stop sending me email using your official title to raise money for his father’s and your boss’s campaign.”
Sarah Sanders @PressSec: please read the Hatch Act and ask Eric Trump to stop sending me email using your official title to raise money for his father’s and your boss’s campaign.
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) March 30, 2018
The Hatch Act was put in place to ensure that “programs are administered in a nonpartisan fashion, to protect federal employees from political coercion in the workplace, and to ensure that federal employees are advanced based on merit and not based on political affiliation. ” These employees are also not allowed to use email or social media to send or distribute any content for political contributions. By using Huckabee Sanders’ official federal employee title in the email, this looks like a direct violation of this law.
Several others on Twitter also tweeted about the email, some posting screenshots:
Exhibit A. pic.twitter.com/aFeroSruRJ
— Speters (@SpaceChick2030) March 30, 2018
Here is a partial screenshot of today’s fundraiser email from “Eric” pic.twitter.com/94gNRLrjmZ
— USAF Veteran (@Proud_Vet_AF) March 30, 2018
Many people are now saying that this violation deserves “fil[ing] in court.” According to the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), while violating the Hatch Act is not a jailable offense, penalties can include “removal from federal service, reduction in grade, debarment from federal service for a period not to exceed 5 years, suspension, letter of reprimand, or a civil penalty not to exceed $1,000.”
While it was Eric who sent the email, not Huckabee Sanders, she could still be in hot water if she was the one who gave Eric permission to use her title for the email.
Featured image is a screenshot