(1) Thread: Hatch Act breach by Lynne Patton, Trump ally.

Yes, both sides routinely breach the Hatch Act & other significant laws that aim to limit the abuse of government power.

Regardless of who does it the most, I support enforcing the law wherever needed. #NationOfLaws
(2) Lynne Patton's dishonesty wasn't just using her HUD role to make a campaign ad for the 2020 GOP convention.

She also lied to the faces of the NYC Housing Authority tenants, that the video would not be used for partisan purposes.

That's REALLY bad, IMO.
(3) I have worked in similar gov agencies in New Zealand, & preventing issues like these are a daily occurrence. Patton abused both tenants & staff. EVERYONE working government knows that being this partisan and abusive is not allowed. Even for political appointees.
(4) It wasn't even necessary for Patton to exploit these housing tenants for the ad. Exactly the same campaigning impact could have been achieved without breaking the law.

All she had to do was suggest the idea to a Trump campaign volunteer or worker not employed in government.
(5) Any random video maker could have advertised for tenants willing to be interviewed. (I don't assume that no HUD-related tenant in the US was pro-Trump.)

How dumb is it to trick unsuspecting tenants and then expect them NOT to tell a liberal watchdog group what you did?
(6) It's like Trump hosting the party convention at the WH.

So incredibly dumb. Yes, the pandemic required a different way of doing things. That could have been achieved using a private venue in a city or rural location.

These images will be used against the GOP for years.
(7) Lynne Patton was a Trump campaign political appointee.

So was Federico Klein, who has been charged with assaulting LEOs with an improvised weapon, among other alleged criminal acts on 1/6.

(8) I have a feeling that Klein is one of the charged and detained rioters to which Trump referred as being "persecuted" last week.

Trump was adamant that despite multiple injuries and deaths, the rioters presented "zero threat."
(9) Initially I was surprised that Trump supporters pushed back on my assertion that Trump was wrong to make these comments.

Then I remembered that anyone condoning the kind of violence we saw on 1/6 is not living in the same "reality" as me.
(10) I've seen corruption in both the Obama & Trump admins. Hillary Clinton was a shocker for it, & is a large part of why Trump won in 2016.

Trump promised to drain the swamp. In office, he did very little of that, while seeking or tolerating corruption throughout his admin.
(11) Lynne Patton's lawlessness is not an isolated case within the Trump admin. I literally do not have the time & energy to provide info about all of it. But there are plenty of groups & individuals keeping tabs online, eg @AccountableGOP.

It's going to take years to fix this.

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