President Trump Threatens Texas State Senator

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*UPDATED WITH VIDEO AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST*

Tuesday, while conducting a meeting with local law enforcement officials, President Donald Trump openly threatened to terminate the career of an undisclosed Texas State Senator.

According to an article appearing in the Texas Tribune, the comment was given at a White House officiated gathering of various state sheriffs, including Harold Eavenson of Rockwall county.

After Trump called for suggestions on improving the job of policing from those present, Eavenson remarked that “’We’ve got a state senator in Texas that’s talking about introducing legislation to require conviction before we can receive that forfeiture money, and I told him that the cartel would build a monument to him in Mexico if he could get that legislation passed.’” In response, Trump tried to get the sheriff to disclose the senator’s name, which he failed to reveal. Trump then asked, “’Want to give his name? We’ll destroy his career.’”

The task of law-enforcement is enormously difficult, and I’m confident that most Texans want to give our police as many tools as legally permissible. Also, it’s good to see the President showing general support for local law-enforcement. However, in the US there’s a concept known as “innocent until proven guilty,” hitherto a basic notion of the American justice system. Perhaps others know differently, but I would submit that there’s not a single Texan (not even in Rockwall) that if accused of a crime would want to see their own assets seized and sold-off before they’ve had a chance to defend themselves. It may be frustrating to have this protection for likely re-offenders, but such a limitation on government is essential to protecting individual Liberty.

Equally disturbing to the President’s apparent lack of concern for government limits is his inserting himself into a state matter, as if he’s a CEO rather than a president, and everyone from the top to the bottom of this country is directly accountable to him. Certainly, the President is free to endorse any candidate he likes, whether in a national or local election. Yet, it is curious that the President’s first response was to make a threat on this state politician, as if the senator’s position represented a personal affront to the President himself.

In a subtler and more productive approach, Trump might have said, “Well, give me his name. I’ll give him a call and we’ll work things out,” or something to that effect. But as we all should know by now, Trump doesn’t do subtle. Instead, the President immediately threatens the senator’s personal destruction after learning only one thing about him that may or may not be accurate. Trump’s blunt and off-the-cuff way of speaking may be part of his popular signature image, but his position requires him to be disciplined and measured. As powerful as a president is, even off-the-cuff comments by one are taken seriously, and Trump should know better.

Many who voted for Donald Trump believed that his election would largely get government out of the business of states and individuals. Regardless if that’s truly Trump’s position, it is the impression that he has in part tried to cultivate. Trump’s threat to “’destroy’” a state politician, with clearly fewer resources than that of the President, could lead many to view Donald Trump as only the new face of an arrogant and meddling government rather than its reformer.

  • Ben Krewer

    That conversation was doubtful. Fake news.

    • Not fake. The conversation happened as reported by multiple witnesses who were there including the sheriff who brought the issue to the table. It was not a private conversation between 2 people. It was a meeting with sheriff’s from all over.

  • Ben Krewer

    The sheriff wouldn’t give the senators name. If that looks normal to you, you have a problem. Texian, really. Disgraceful

    • Ryan Thorson

      If you read the article we hyperlinked to, they speculated as to why the sheriff didn’t give a name. That was not my focus, however. I’m much more concerned with the President being stuck in “politics of personal destruction” mode, and with a fellow Texan. I’m equally troubled by his support for civil forfeiture that doesn’t a require conviction; every constitutionalist (not to mention Texan) should be so troubled. This sort of thing might fly with the rest of the Union, but it won’t fly with Texas. If Trump wants to make an enemy of Texas, this is the way to do it. If not, he’d better lock it up and stay in his lane. He’s supposed to be the people’s servant, not the other way around. He’d better start acting as if he’s not completely ignorant of his constitutional limits and govern within the box created for him by the Constitution. He won’t, of course, because he isn’t as different a President as those before him, as some thought he might be. A bit flashier, perhaps, but the problems with the US before Trump are still here, likely to remain, and a big reason why Texas needs to reclaim its sovereignty.

      Additionally, if you doubt my word or that of the Texian Partisan, please read the Tribune article, or any number of news sites that reported on this public event. I believe even Fox reported on it. We are very careful at the Texian Partisan about using and citing the highest quality sources available. Please bear that in mind before you cast aspersions on our integrity. You may not agree with our conclusions or analysis of the facts, but we always report the facts to the best of our ability.

      I hope this helps.

  • RyanThorson

    In reply to Ben Krewer.
    If you read the article we hyperlinked to, they speculated as to why the sheriff didn’t give a name. That was not my focus, however. I’m much more concerned with the President being stuck in “politics of personal destruction” mode, and with a fellow Texan. I’m equally troubled by his support for civil forfeiture that doesn’t a require conviction; every constitutionalist (not to mention Texan) should be so troubled. This sort of thing might fly with the rest of the Union, but it won’t fly with Texas. If Trump wants to make an enemy of Texas, this is the way to do it. If not, he’d better lock it up and stay in his lane. He’s supposed to be the people’s servant, not the other way around. He’d better start acting as if he’s not completely ignorant of his constitutional limits and govern within the box created for him by the Constitution. He won’t, of course, because he isn’t as different a President as those before him, as some thought he might be. A bit flashier, perhaps, but the problems with the US before Trump are still here, likely to remain, and a big reason why Texas needs to reclaim its sovereignty.

    Additionally, if you doubt my word or that of the Texian Partisan, please read the Tribune article, or any number of news sites that reported on this public event. I believe even Fox reported on it. We are very careful at the Texian Partisan about using and citing the highest quality sources available. Please bear that in mind before you cast aspersions on our integrity. You may not agree with our conclusions or analysis of the facts, but we always report the facts to the best of our ability.

    I hope this helps.

  • Dr Studebaker

    I call B/S reason’s I could be with Texit if the Democreeps Won or Sanders Won! I would be one of the first ones on board. Everybody Except For those Who voted for Trump Has it in for him other Problem You Treat people from other states Came Here like Naggers Some of You do Replace the A with a I and you remove my post proved it I And my friends have bee to Your meetings in other words You’re rather clannish

  • Dr Studebaker

    This goes no where Story wise name Names or Don’t Print it !

  • bbb

    John Cornyn, a RINO.

  • Marianne Martinez

    “Meanwhile, the hunt to find this anonymous senator rages on. The Austin American-Statesman may have narrowed it down to Senator Bob Hall, who represents Rockwall County. In an email to the Statesman, Eavenson ruled out two likely suspects, Senators Don Huffines and Chuy Hinojosa, who both filed bills proposing to limit asset forfeiture, but he didn’t respond to the Statesman‘s questions about Hall.”

  • Joey Lynn

    Reprted by The Hill (article link below) :

    In a phone interview with the Dallas Morning News after the meeting, Eavenson refused to identify the lawmaker and said he didn’t take Trump’s offer seriously.

    “He was just being emphatic that he did not agree with that senator’s position,” Eavenson said.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/318275-trump-offers-to-destroy-career-of-texas-state-senator-at-meeting-with