It has become a running joke. Any question about Joe Biden that hit a little too close to home was deflected with a simple phrase: Hatch Act.
It really didn’t matter what the question was — whether it was about the Twitter files, a 2024 run, Biden’s health, Hunter’s sketchy business dealings and so on — the deflection was the same.
I can’t answer that from this podium. Because of the Hatch Act. I refer you to [Oh please God, anybody but me].
The Hatch Act is super-serious. Just ask this Democrat who is trying to showboat about how serious it is by criminalizing Hatch Act violations:
Goldman: Today I’m offering the Kellyanne Conway Amendment that will allow for prison sentences for knowing and intentional violations of The Hatch Act pic.twitter.com/HrtqKmOwbo
— Acyn (@Acyn) February 28, 2023
The video above was dated in February.
In March, a Biden appointee had to resign in disgrace for not only Hatch Act violations, but election interference (charges regarding the latter were eventually dropped).
The Biden-appointed U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts has resigned after a special counsel's investigation found "the most egregious Hatch Act violations" the Office of Special Counsel has ever investigated — calling it "an extraordinary breach of public trust." pic.twitter.com/3AeCCoBC8P
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 17, 2023
Hatch Act violations are Super Serious. And charges should be given to repeat offenders. That’s his claim.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre violated a law intended to prevent federal employees from using their offices to influence elections when she repeatedly referred to “mega MAGA Republicans” in the run-up to the 2022 midterms, a government watchdog agency said.
In a letter first shared with NBC News, the Office of Special Counsel determined that Jean-Pierre’s choice of words in referring to Republican candidates violated the Hatch Act.
“Because Ms. Jean‐Pierre made the statements while acting in her official capacity, she violated the Hatch Act prohibition against using her official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election,” Ana Galindo‐Marrone, who leads the agency’s Hatch Act Unit, wrote in a letter Wednesday.
At a White House briefing on Nov. 2, Jean-Pierre referred to “mega MAGA Republican officials who don’t believe in the rule of law” and made other comments disparaging Republican candidates, according to a Hatch Act complaint the conservative watchdog group Protect the Public’s Trust filed against Jean-Pierre in November.
The group called Jean-Pierre’s remarks “an inappropriate attempt to influence the vote.” — NBC
Of course, KJP will not have to resign. She doesn’t even have to pay a fine.
Maybe, in an act of bipartisanship, we could add KJP’s name to that bill Criminalizing Hatch Act violations.