A Pennsylvania lawmaker had strong words for Donald Trump after the president was caught on video casually joking that he would “destroy” a Texas lawmaker’s career because of his opposition to asset forfeiture.
In a Facebook post, state Sen. Daylin Leach, (D), linked to a Politico story about Trump’s meeting with several county sheriffs, where Harold Eavenson, sheriff of Rockwell County, Texas, brought up the issue of civil asset forfeiture.
Law enforcement can use civil asset forfeiture to take cash and property from individuals suspected of committing a crime without charging the individual or a guilty verdict.
Eavenson commented about an unnamed Texas senator who was discussing introducing legislation that would require a conviction before law enforcement could seize forfeiture money, joking that “the cartel would build a monument” to the senator in Mexico for passing said legislation.
“Who is the state senator? Do you want to give his name? We’ll destroy his career,” Trump replied.
Trump’s not so veiled threat to the Texas lawmaker prompted Sen. Leach, who is also an advocate for civil asset forfeiture reform in Pennsylvania, to respond. And it was BRUTAL.
“Hey Donald Trump, I oppose civil asset forfeiture too,” Leach wrote on Facebook and Twitter. “Why don’t you come after me you fascist, loofa-faced s***-gibbon!!”
Leach’s spokesperson, Steve Hoenstine, said in a statement the senator’s post was inspired by justified anger:
“President Trump blithely talked about destroying the career of a man who disagreed with Trump on a policy issue. Then Trump laughed about it, which is just what you’d expect from someone who gets his kicks firing people on national television,” Hoenstine said. “Trump just continues to undermine democratic norms, America’s system of checks and balances, and the general principle of human decency. Senator Leach is mad as hell about it, as you can see from his tweet.”
Watch Trump’s remarks in the video below.