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Well, that didn’t take long.
Not even two weeks after morally blind Senate Republicans acquitted him of trying to withhold needed military aid to Ukraine in exchange for an announcement of an investigation into one of his domestic political opponents, Donald Trump basically tried the same shakedown Friday, this time on the good people of New York.
So much for Republican rationalizing in letting Trump off for the previous crime of which he was so obviously guilty. No, Senator Collins, apparently Trump did not learn that “very big lesson” after all.
In a morning tweet, Trump announced that he would be meeting with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).
But he did so in a threatening way, bringing up another quid pro quo, that New Yorkers might just find themselves on the wrong side of some federal programs unless the good governor does something to make all of those investigations of Trump currently underway in the Empire State just, well, disappear.
I’m seeing Governor Cuomo today at The White House. He must understand that National Security far exceeds politics. New York must stop all of its unnecessary lawsuits & harrassment, start cleaning itself up, and lowering taxes. Build relationships, but don’t bring Fredo!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2020
That, ladies and gentlemen, is a straight-up felony, committed right out in the open and via tweet, plain as day for Trump’s 72.5 million followers (and the rest of us) to see.
Can we say “Impeachment II: The Sequel (Even Better The Second Time)?”
And just to prove what a peach he is, Trump throws an insult at Cuomo’s brother, Chris, by way of an offensive ethnic slur.
Chris Cuomo, the governor’s younger brother, happens to be a prime time host on CNN who regularly challenges Trump and his administration.
While I would very much like to see a full-blown congressional investigation begun over Trump’s tweet, I’ll likely have to content myself with the New York State’s attorney general’s snarky tweet reply to Trump.
When you stop violating the rights and liberties of all New Yorkers, we will stand down.
Until then, we have a duty and responsibility to defend the Constitution and the rule of law.
BTW, I file the lawsuits, not the Governor. https://t.co/tsOLeEgiQp
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) February 13, 2020
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