Well, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in trouble for breaking the law. Last night, the Republican National Convention played a pre-recorded speech Pompeo gave while in Israel, violating the Hatch Act which bans every member of the executive branch, aside from the President and Vice President, from engaging in political activity.
It should also be noted that Pompeo is not the first member of the administration to violate this law. Both Kellyann Conway and Nikki Haley have been officially reprimanded for doing the same thing Pompeo did. As has Dan Scavino, Stephanie Grisham, Raj Shah, Jessica Ditto, Madeleine Westerhout, and Helen Ferre. The outgoing Conway is the worst offender however, with the OSC even sending a letter to President Trump in June 2019 calling her a repeat offender in regards to violating this law.
For comparison, Trump has had eight people who have been caught violating this law, Obama had two — Kathleen Sebelius and Julian Castro, both of whom apologized as soon as they realized what they had done. Yet, the Trump administration is never held accountable for these constant, sometimes obvious and easily avoidable, violations of the law.
This is especially true in the case of Pompeo, who skipped his own party’s convention so he could hang around in Israel. This is because, to the Trump administration, Israel comes before all else. Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, once even bragged about being the reason the Trump administration pulled out of the Iran Deal. He has also criticized members of the Democratic Party who show even mild support for not banning BDS for being “disloyal to Israel,” — despite the fact the claim that the US government is “loyal to Israel” is often seen as nothing more than an antisemitic conspiracy theory.
This has gotten to the point where various members of the Trump administration, most famously former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, have claimed that Biden is some hardcore anti-Zionist. Of course, Biden is a self-declared Zionist who once said that if Israel didn’t exist the United States would need to create it, and most Israeli politicians have nothing but nice things to say about him, but actual facts do not matter to this administration.
One last thing to note, the same day Pompeo gave his speech a Trump campaign advisor and booked Republican National Convention speaker named Mary Ann Mendoza quote tweeted a thread with this comment:
Do yourself a favor and read this thread.
The thread was about how Jews control the rule, written by a user named @WarNuse. The only real think you need to know about the content of this thread is this is how it ended:
‘The Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion’ Was First Published In Russia In 1903. Henry Ford Printed 500.000 Copies And Distributed Throughout The United States In The 1920s. [They] Discredited It As A Hoax, With The Use Of The Times Of London, In 1921. ‘The Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion’ Is Not A Fabrication. And, It Certainly Is Not Anti-Semetic To Point Out This Fact. Today, The FBI Records Vault Released ‘Protocols Of Learned Elders Of Zion’. The Timing Of The Release Is Stunningly Impeccable.
For those unaware, On The Protocols Of The Learned Elders Of Zion is a document written by Russian Tsar supporters as propaganda against the various reform figures that formed after World War One. The document was also heavily similar to various satires written about Napoleon a century earlier. It is a document referenced by Hitler in Mein Kampf and that was made popular in the United States due to the dual efforts of Charles Coughlin and Henry Ford, both of which were fans of Hitler.
I promise you this story will get far less play than Rep. Omar’s “All about the Benjamin” comments — because of course it will.