During the days leading up to the vote on the American Health Care Act, White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino Jr caused some controversy when he took to Twitter to urge his followers to contact Congress in support of the bill.
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) March 23, 2017
Many argued that Scavino’s actions were a violation of anti-lobbying laws, but Press Secretary Sean Spicer argued that the executive branch was exempt from such laws. The legal community is hardly in agreement about this issue. In fact, the Office of Special Counsel, the agency responsible for enforcing the Hatch Act and other anti-lobbying laws, sent out a tweet containing the social media guidelines for federal employees.
Hatch Act social media guidance for federal employeeshttps://t.co/dJWh8nNIiO
— OfficeSpecialCounsel (@US_OSC) March 23, 2017
Given the controversy generated by his lobbying n behalf of the AHCA, one would think that Scavino might try and keep a low profile for awhile, but that is not the case. A few hours ago, Scavino once again took to Twitter. This time, he focused his attention on a single Congressman, Justin Amash of Michigan. In his tweet, he called Amash a “big liability” and called for a primary opponent to challenge him.
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) April 1, 2017
This is not the first time that Scavino has called out Amash by name. After the defeat of the AHCA, he sent out a tweet where he called Amash a “Freedom Caucus Troll.”
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) March 31, 2017
Of course, Scavino is not the only member of the Trump administration to call for the defeat of the Freedom Caucus. No less than President Trump himself spoken out against the organization and vowed to work to defeat them in 2018.
The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2017
This is a clear violation of The Hatch Act & lawmakers are already calling for an investigation. Regardless of the legal issues, the GOP seems intent on destroying itself over the next few years. It’s starting to become clear that Trump’s brand of right-wing populism is going to be at odds with the traditional right that makes up the Freedom Caucus.
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