Did you know that an obscure government agency, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) has demanded that Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway be fired for “numerous” violations of the Hatch Act?
Why, you might ask, would such a demand be made?
Here is your answer, via the following excerpt from Brooke Singman’s article for foxnews.com:
The OSC, which is separate from the office with a similar name previously run by Robert Mueller, said in a scathing report released Thursday that White House Counselor Conwayviolated the Hatch Act by “disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media.
“Ms. Conway’s violations, if left unpunished, would send a message to all federal employees that they need not abide by the Hatch Act’s restrictions. Her actions thus erode the principal foundation of our democratic system—the rule of law,” the OSC said in a statement Thursday, noting that Conway has been a “repeat offender.”
So let me get this straight: the criterion for firing is that a member of an administration makes disparaging comments about the opposition party’s candidate(s)?
Uh…if that is what gets you fired, who in the Obama administration would not have been fired? Name one member of that administration who didn’t disparage Republicans, I dare you. And then we can talk about the Bush administration, the Clinton administration, etc. etc. etc.
But when the president is named Trump, this suddenly becomes a front-and-center issue? A political hanging offense?
Trump, for his part, is telling the deep-staters who put out this idiocy, that they can forget it. Deputy Press Secretary Steven Groves worded the official response this way:
“The Office of Special Counsel’s (OSC) unprecedented actions against Kellyanne Conway are deeply flawed and violate her constitutional rights to free speech and due process. Others, of all political views, have objected to the OSC’s unclear and unevenly applied rules which have a chilling effect on free speech for all federal employees.
“Its decisions seem to be influenced by media pressure and liberal organizations – and perhaps OSC should be mindful of its own mandate to act in a fair, impartial, non-political manner, and not misinterpret or weaponize the Hatch Act.”
That, I am certain, is a far more sanitized version of how President Trump put it in private. My guess is that his Queensbonics way of saying it would be more like (pardon the language) “they’re so full of shit their eyes are brown”.
And they are.
I assure you that if and when Ms. Conway leaves, it will have nothing to do with the OSC’s sudden Hatch Act epiphany.