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THE HILL — The Treasury Department Wednesday retweeted President Trump congratulating Republicans on election results, where he once again promoted “Red Wave,” they deleted the tweet when it was pointed out by media and twitter users that that was possibly a Hatch Act Violation. A Treasury Spokesperson issued a statement that explained the retweet was done in error, and “has been taken down.” The Hatch Act is a law that “bans federal employees from engaging in political activity while on duty or serving in any official capacity.”
So far the Office of Special Counsel, the agency that, “enforces ethics rules for federal employees,” has found several Trump administration officials that have violated the Hatch Act.
White House Aide Kellyanne Conway — twice violated the act in TV appearances when she, “impermissibly mixed official government business with political views about candidates.”
FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly — was warned in May, that he had violated the Act when he “called on voters to support Trump and GOP candidates at a conservative political convention.”
United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley — violated the act last October when she retweeted an endorsement from President Trump.
White House social media director Dan Scavino — violated the act when he encouraged “potential GOP challengers to oust Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich) in an upcoming primary.”
Question is President Trump not the head of the federal government?
And She’s Out!
CBS NEWS — Melissa Howard a republican Florida State House candidate made news last week when an online local website, FLA News, reported that the college that Howard said she graduated from had no record that Howard had graduated. She then posted a picture of her with said college diploma, however, the school in question noted that the diploma was fake, or appeared to be fake. On Monday Howard admitted she lied, via the New York Times, “I would like to apologize to my family and my supporters for this situation,” she went on to say she was wrong, but that she was staying in the race, “It was not my intent to deceive or mislead anyone. I made a mistake in saying that I completed my degree. What I did was wrong and set a bad example for someone seeking public service. I am staying in the race and intend to win and lead by example from now on.”
CBS reported Wednesday morning that Howard on Tuesday has dropped out of the race, her opponent Tommy Gregory said he spoke to Howard by phone and that she apologized and that she sounded, “sincere.”
THE HILL — Tuesday White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told gathered pressed that former President Obama had only “oversaw the creation of 195,000 jobs for African-Americans during his eight years in office, by Tuesday night she issued an “apology,” via Twitter, to correct the error, as the numbers of jobs was closer to 3 million
What’s in a Name?
Hermeisha Robinson posted to Facebook in a post The Hill says has now gone viral, that a company denied her a job, she felt “well qualified for,” because her name seemed “ghetto.” The email is a screen cap that Robinson posted in it the line states, “Unfortunately we do not consider candidates that have suggestive ‘ghetto’ names.”