President Donald Trump has taken his authoritarian approach to government to the next level by suggesting that he would “destroy” the career of an unnamed Texas senator who opposes asset forfeiture.
During a meeting at the White House with county sheriffs from around the country, Sheriff Harold Eavenson of Rockwall County, Texas, spoke out about asset forfeiture, which allows law enforcement officials to seize cash and property of crime suspects without a guilty verdict, Politico reports.
People who agree with the practice maintain that it allows law enforcement to effectively combat terrorism and the drug trade. However, those who oppose it argue that it permits police to seize assets without due process.
“On asset forfeiture, we’ve got a state senator in Texas that was talking about introducing legislation to require conviction before we could receive that forfeiture money,” Eavenson said during the meeting.
“Can you believe that?” Trump asked rhetorically.
“And I told him that the cartel would build a monument to him in Mexico if he could get that legislation passed,” the Texas sheriff continued.
This is where Trump took things to a scary level.
“Who is the state senator? Do you want to give his name? We’ll destroy his career,” Trump said.
Politico reports that many in attendance laughed at Trump’s remark, but the president was not laughing. Eavenson, who clearly has a more ethical mindset than Trump, did not name the senator and neither did the public information officer for the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Office.
It’s no secret that Trump is a threat to democracy, but he’s going above and beyond our wildest expectations. To try to publicly shame and threaten someone’s career because they have a different view from your own is dictatorial behavior.
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