If there’s one thing that can be said of Donald Trump’s blatantly obvious criminality up to this point, it’s that he can seemingly get away with anything, no matter how large or small. The latest example of this can be seen the recent video he posted in which he blasts New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for announcing his candidacy for president in 2020.
“[email protected] is the worst Mayor in the history of New York City – he won’t last long!” he wrote while posting the classless video.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2019
Due to Trump’s ability to escape any form of punishment for his words or actions, the video certainly hasn’t drawn the attention it deserves. However, the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) took immediate notice, and fired back with the following response:
Nice political ad filmed on Air Force One. You now legally need to reimburse the Treasury for the use of Air Force One on a political trip. Since you had no problem tweeting out the video, you should have no problem tweeting out the receipts when you reimburse the taxpayers. https://t.co/nMc80OmWLy
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) May 17, 2019
“Nice political ad filmed on Air Force One. You now legally need to reimburse the Treasury for the use of Air Force One on a political trip. Since you had no problem tweeting out the video, you should have no problem tweeting out the receipts when you reimburse the taxpayers.”
Also, CREW’s Chief Ethics Counsel Virginia Canter took things a step further, explaining to The Washington Post that the video is more than a possible campaign finance violation. In fact, as Canter points out, the video features the presidential seal which is actually illegal since Federal law forbids the use of the seal “for the purpose of conveying, or in a manner reasonably calculated to convey, a false impression of sponsorship or approval by the Government of the United States.”
In other words, this is pretty serious, and shouldn’t be taken lightly. It may not be at the forefront of headlines at the moment, but it certainly should be.