A Pennsylvania state senator had particularly colorful words for Donald Trump after the president reportedly joked he would “destroy” a Texas lawmaker’s career, who promotes asset forfeiture reform. Civil asset forfeiture allows law enforcement to seize cash and property individuals suspected of committing a crime.
“Who is the state senator?” Trump asked Sheriff Harold Eavenson of Rockwall County, Texas, on Tuesday. “Do you want to give his name? We’ll destroy his career.”
In a Facebook and Twitter post, state Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery, asked President Trump to “come after” him instead, calling the President of the United States a “fascist, loofa-faced [expletive]-gibbon”.
Hey @realDonaldTrump I oppose civil asset forfeiture too! Why don't you try to destroy my career you fascist, loofa-faced, shit-gibbon!
— Daylin Leach (@daylinleach) February 7, 2017
Leach co-sponsored a bill in Pennsylvania that would require a criminal conviction before assets are seized, much like the unidentified Texas lawmaker’s proposed legislation.
But the conviction requirement was stripped from the Bill before it was passed, Leach and other supporters told City & State in October.
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. 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.”
A White House spokeswoman said Tuesday afternoon that Trump was “joking,” but that’s probably little comfort to Leach.