Donald Trump speaks out on 'Presidental harrasment,' says 'it should never be allowed to happen'
Donald Trump expressed his frustration as House Democrats advance their Russian probe to include an investigation of his personal life.
The President went on a series of tweets lambasting Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and his colleagues of Democrats. In two instances, he referred to their investigations as "presidential harassment."
The House recently furthered their investigation into Russia's potential involvement in Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. Trump's tweets and the hypocrisy called out by responders are both found below.
From day one Trump has harassed, demeaned and name-called everyone who has disagreed with him in Congress, in the press, even amongst private citizens. And it's all been wrong of him to do.— Jᴇɴɴɪᴇ Asᴛᴀʀᴛɪᴇʟ™ ✪ Isʜᴛᴀʀ Asᴇᴛ Iɴᴀɴɴᴀ Mᴏʀɴɪɴɢsᴛᴀʀ (@Astartiel) February 7, 2019
In the first, Trump stated:
"So now Congressman Adam Schiff announces, after having found zero Russian Collusion, that he is going to be looking at every aspect of my life, both financial and personal, even though there is no reason to be doing so. Never happened before! Unlimited Presidential Harassment..."
To put things into perspective, former President Barack Obama was subjected to the birther movement. Trump himself pushed the conspiracy theory that Obama was not born in the United States.
YEAH!— Diedrich Bader (@bader_diedrich) February 8, 2019
I mean like that whole birther thing!
In response to his tirades, several users reminded Trump of how he continued the false attack even after Obama produced his long-form Hawaiian birth certificate.
In a second tweet, Trump said the Democrats were "going nuts:"
"...The Dems and their committees are going “nuts.” The Republicans never did this to President Obama, there would be no time left to run government. I hear other committee heads will do the same thing. Even stealing people who work at White House! A continuation of Witch Hunt!"
Trump was referring to the fact that Schiff has employed past members of the National Security Council. Regarding this, Schiff said, "“We have a long tradition of hiring out of the intelligence community. And if the president is worried about our hiring any former administration people, maybe he should work on being a better employer.”
People continued to oppose the president's claims by showing instances where Trump was the one harassing others.
A final tweet about the situation read:
"PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT! It should never be allowed to happen again!"
Many pointed out that this type of investigation is fully justified under the legal system and that's it's within the Constitution, no less.
On the other hand, the Congress has a duty to oversee and put a check on presidential abuse of power.— Jᴇɴɴɪᴇ Asᴛᴀʀᴛɪᴇʟ™ ✪ Isʜᴛᴀʀ Asᴇᴛ Iɴᴀɴɴᴀ Mᴏʀɴɪɴɢsᴛᴀʀ (@Astartiel) February 7, 2019
And the DOJ has a duty to investigate and prosecute any crimes brought to light from the Congresses oversight duties, even if the president himself committed those crimes.
Meanwhile, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi defended the extension of the investigation by saying:
"We’re going to do our jobs and the president needs to do his,” he said. “Our job involves making sure that the policy of the United States is being driven by the national interest, not by any financial entanglement, financial leverage or other form of compromise.”
On Wednesday, Schiff announced that his committed planned to "investigate any credible allegation that financial interests or other interests are driving decision-making of the President or anyone in the administration."
Your candidacy was literally built on Presidential Harassment.— Pat Cunnane (@PatCunnane) February 7, 2019
He also said they would determine "whether any foreign actor has sought to compromise or holds leverage, financial or otherwise, over Donald Trump, his family, his business, or his associates."
In Trump's State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, Trump addressed the investigation. In calling for unity, he said: "the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations."
In another part of Trump's speech, he praised the economic state of the nation. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders strongly disagreed later that evening as he also gave a speech.
Despite what President Trump says, it is not “a hot economy” when 43% of households can't afford to pay for housing, food, child care, health care, transportation and a cell phone without going into debt. That is not a hot economy. #SOTU— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 6, 2019
In a live stream late on Tuesday night, Sanders suggested that the US had "more wealth and income inequality than any major country on earth." Those living "paycheck to paycheck" were still awaiting Trump's supposed "booming economy."
Pushing his point across, Sanders added:
"People are not truly free when they cannot afford to buy the prescription drugs they desperately need. People are not truly free when they are unable to retire with dignity. People are certainly not truly free when they cannot afford to feed their families."
My response to President Trump’s State of the Union address: https://t.co/sl1OEu6NR8— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 6, 2019
He also labeled Trump's “demonization of Latinos nothing less than racist.” According to Sanders, undocumented immigrants commit fewer crimes than American citizens.