Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), who recently made headlines by calling on Congress to revamp its byzantine procedures for receiving and acting on sexual harassment complaints on the part of staffers, has now shifted her attention to President Donald Trump, whom she called blasted as a “tyrant” for allegedly working to create a one-branch system of government.
During a Tuesday appearance on MSNBC, Speier waxed conspiratorial about Trump’s Oval Office ambitions while addressing Trump’s recent attacks on the FBI and the Justice Department.
“I am concerned that the president of the United States is systematically trying to shut down every possible branch of government but the presidency,” the lawmaker said. “So you got him attacking the judiciary, you have him attacking the CIA, you have him attacking the Department of Justice, the FBI. I mean this is the conduct of someone who could become a tyrant if we don’t step in speak out against him.”
Trump placed his Twitter crosshairs on the FBI Tuesday, particularly calling out the agency for its usage of the infamous campaign-era dossier that claimed Trump was being blackmailed by Russian powers, among other scandalous details.
“WOW, @foxandfrlends ‘Dossier is bogus,” he wrote. “Clinton Campaign, DNC funded Dossier. FBI CANNOT (after all of this time) VERIFY CLAIMS IN DOSSIER OF RUSSIA/TRUMP COLLUSION. FBI TAINTED.’ And they used this Crooked Hillary pile of garbage as the basis for going after the Trump Campaign!”
Speier continued her doom-and-gloom rhetoric by suggesting that Trump’s social media presence could result in the destruction of the nation’s most fundamental values.
“I think he is being so un-presidential and he is undermining the very foundation of this country and institutions that we hold so dear and that are protected in the Constitution of the United States,” she said.