This past Friday, President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., posted a popular meme to his Instagram page that has been circulating social media. The meme was mocking self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The meme reads:
Ocasio-Cortez: Why are you so afraid of a socialist economy?
President Trump: Because Americans want to walk their dogs, not eat them.
The reason the meme is so funny is because it’s true.
Ocasio-Cortez responded to the tweet by threatening to “harass and abuse” Trump Jr. with a subpoena that would force him to testify in front of Congress.
She wrote, “I have noticed that Junior here has a habit of posting nonsense about me whenever the Mueller investigation heats up. Please, keep it coming Jr – it’s definitely a ‘very, very large brain’ idea to troll a member of a body that will have subpoena power in a month. Have fun!”
Then, she backed up her initial threat by saying, “For the GOP crying that this is a ‘threat’ – I don’t have power to subpoena anybody. Congress as a body, GOP included, has the power. No indiv. member can issue a subpoena unless they are a Chair (which, as a freshman, I can assure you I will not be). Also must be under purview.”
It seems that Ocasio-Cortez broke federal law when she decided to threaten a US citizen with retaliation for sharing a meme she didn’t like.
Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity,
or other proper proceeding for redress, except that in any action brought against a judicial officer for an act or omission taken in such officer’s judicial capacity, injunctive relief shall not be granted unless a declaratory decree was violated or declaratory relief was unavailable. For the purposes of this section, any Act of Congress applicable exclusively to the District of Columbia shall be considered to be a statute of the District of Columbia.