The more you see President Trump’s unconstitutional behavior, the more you begin to see the tyrant beneath, and yes, I said “tyrant.” The most recent example is not only his signing of a huge socialist, not constitutional, stimulus bill to the tune of $2 trillion! However, he topped it by demanding that Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie, a man who has received a 99% constitutional voting record by in the New American’s freedom index.
That’s right, Rep. Thomas Massie has a voting record of siding with the Constitution 99% of the time! Can President Donald Trump say that he has such a record in signing unconstitutional legislation and enacting tyrannical state of emergencies and executive orders? Not that I can see.
First, here is the president acting in a manner that he accuses Massie of acting.
Looks like a third rate Grandstander named @RepThomasMassie, a Congressman from, unfortunately, a truly GREAT State, Kentucky, wants to vote against the new Save Our Workers Bill in Congress. He just wants the publicity. He can’t stop it, only delay, which is both dangerous & costly. Workers & small businesses need money now in order to survive. Virus wasn’t their fault. It is “HELL” dealing with the Dems, had to give up some stupid things in order to get the “big picture” done. 90% GREAT! WIN BACK HOUSE, but throw Massie out of Republican Party!”
…& costly. Workers & small businesses need money now in order to survive. Virus wasn’t their fault. It is “HELL” dealing with the Dems, had to give up some stupid things in order to get the “big picture” done. 90% GREAT! WIN BACK HOUSE, but throw Massie out of Republican Party!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2020
What Thomas Massie did was try to hold those pushing a ginormous monstrosity of unconstitutional, socialist spending or something the president said was not that serious. Yet, Trump believes Massie is acting like a third grader? Come on!
Rep. Massie is acting like a man to put an end to how children behave, thinking they can just print money out of thin air, and lots of it, and think they will never have to pay it back.
The third grader mentality is that of both Trump and every single person that pushed that stimulus through, including those who are just aching to get their hands on a government check because they have become so dependent upon government, including self-professed conservatives.
Of course, Massie did defend himself and what his intentions were.
“I swore an oath to uphold the constitution, and I take that oath seriously. In a few moments I will request a vote on the CARES Act which means members of Congress will vote on it by pushing ‘yes’ or ‘no’ or ‘present.’”
(1/11)I swore an oath to uphold the constitution, and I take that oath seriously.
In a few moments I will request a vote on the CARES Act which means members of Congress will vote on it by pushing “yes” or “no” or “present.”
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) March 27, 2020
Trump then attacked Massie, who hasn’t been a sellout on the Second Amendment like President Trump, as the chairman of the conservative House Second Amendment Caucus by tweeting, “By empowering the Radical Left Democrats, do nothing Kentucky politician @RepThomasMassie is making their War on the 2nd Amendment more and more difficult to win (But don’t worry, we will win anyway!). He is a disaster for America, and for the Great State of Kentucky!”
By empowering the Radical Left Democrats, do nothing Kentucky politician @RepThomasMassie is making their War on the 2nd Amendment more and more difficult to win (But don’t worry, we will win anyway!). He is a disaster for America, and for the Great State of Kentucky!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2020
Politico even pointed out:
And in a stark signal of his displeasure with Massie’s tactics, the president even shared a tweet from John Kerry. The former secretary of State and frequent Trump critic said the congressman had “tested positive for being an asshole” and “must be quarantined to prevent the spread of his massive stupidity.”
Trump, himself a pioneer in developing derisive political nicknames, wrote in response: “Never knew John Kerry had such a good sense of humor! Very impressed!”
Really, Donald? You quoted John Kerry in attacking a man who actually defends the Second Amendment while the traitor you quoted was ready to give away the store of US sovereignty to the United Nations? Don’t look now, but you have no clothes on.
Additionally, Politico wrote:
Massie, who drove from Kentucky to be in Washington for the vote, on Thursday tweeted ominously an image of the Constitution’s clause having to do with quorums in chambers of Congress. He also described the package as “not a good deal” and suggested it was the result of dubious legislative maneuvering.
“They’re trying to convince us it should be a voice vote, it shouldn’t be recorded. And I’m struggling with this,” Massie told a Cincinnati radio station. As of late Thursday night, senior aides in both parties said they were unsure what he would do.
By Friday, however, the answer had become apparent, as Massie issued a multi-message screed on social media outlining his qualms with the package.
“It’s pretty clear now, with enough members here to pass the bill, that Pelosi and McCarthy are still working together to block a recorded vote just to insulate members of Congress from ACCOUNTABILITY,” he tweeted. “Biggest spending bill in the history of mankind, and no recorded vote? #SWAMP”
Massie also wrote that he had been told House leaders “don’t even have 1 minute available for me to speak against this bill during the 4 hour debate. The fix is in. If this bill is so great for America, why not allow a vote on it? Why not have a real debate?”
When Massie’s moment finally did arrive just before 1:30 p.m., it lasted less than a minute. “Mr. Speaker, I came here to make sure our republic doesn’t die by unanimous consent in an empty chamber, and I request a recorded vote,” the congressman said, going on to object over the absence of a quorum.
Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.), presiding in the speaker’s chair, quickly scanned the chamber before bringing down his gavel. “A quorum is present. The motion is adopted,” he said, as loud applause erupted among lawmakers.
Rep. Massie also rejected Trump’s demands that he be removed from the GOP.
Again, from Politico:
…in a phone interview with POLITICO, the Kentucky Republican said he was just standing up for the Constitution — and that he has no plans to leave the GOP as Trump demanded.
When read a Trump tweet calling him “a third rate grandstander,” Massie chuckled. “I take great offense to that,” he said. “I’m at least second rate.”
“It’s not grandstanding to stand up for the Constitution,” he continued. “And the fact that they brought all of these congressmen here in order to get a quorum shows you that I was right. The Constitution requires a quorum to pass a bill, and they were planning to subvert the Constitution.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) were eager to avoid bringing back more than 400 lawmakers for a roll call vote amid the fast-spreading outbreak. Several members of Congress already have tested positive for coronavirus and most lawmakers were eager to hold a voice vote to allow swift passage and avoid cramming everybody into the Capitol.
Massie said House Republican leadership leaned hard on him to try to get him in line.
“I was offered a lot of things, and I was threatened with some things,” he said, declining to elaborate.
“You know what, there are a lot who aren’t mad at me,” he said, declining to name names. “They’re quietly expressing their support to me.”
Though government people don’t mind being all in the same room for press conferences and votes, Massie rejected that he put anyone in danger.
“These are people that make $174,000 a year and they expect the person at Kroger’s that bags groceries to go to work, they expect the truck drivers bringing produce to their grocery stores to go to work, they expect all these other people to work,” he said. “But how is it that they’ve decided that people with the best health care in the world, which they all get, that they can’t come to work?”
When it came to the call for his ousting from the GOP, Massie said, “No, no, no, no.”
“I’m one of the best examples of somebody who follows the principles of the Republican Party,” he added. “Find me one of the planks where I have deviated from the Republican Party. The problem is not the Republican Party. The problem is that the Republicans up here run on the platform and then don’t support it when they get here.”
While Trump will no doubt not stump for him this year in a re-election bid, Massie says that he has never had being re-elected in mind with the votes he makees.
“I’ve never taken a vote with that in the back of my mind,” he said. “I vote based on what I think is best for my constituents and for the Constitution.”
If this doesn’t show you who Donald Trump is, nothing will, but go ahead and justify Trump’s unconstitutional and juvenile behavior when it comes to a man who has a record of standing for the Constitution.
Last night I joined @shannonbream on @foxnews to talk about why Congress needs to show up for work to pass legislation. My colleagues expect truckers, UPS/Postal drivers, grocery store workers, and healthcare professionals to show up for work, so why shouldn't Congress? pic.twitter.com/Pqk01Lp1QE
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) March 28, 2020
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