The president didn’t leave much for interpretation when he threatened to “destroy” a state senator’s career Twitter/@BraddJaffy

President Trump hosted a meeting with several sheriffs on Tuesday, including Rockwall County, Texas, Sheriff Harold Eavenson.

Eavenson was complaining about a state lawmaker in Texas with whom he did not agree on a piece of legislation, so the president offered up a solution:

“Who is the state senator? Do you want to give his name?” Trump asked. Following a brief shrug by Eavenson, Trump half-jokingly said “We’ll destroy his career.”

A transcript of the interaction was also shared:

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As the Washington Post’s Radley Balko noted in a tweet, the state senator in question was trying to reform civil asset forfeiture, a controversial law enforcement practice that allows for property to be seized either in direct or indirect connection to a crime:

In the captured video, Sheriff Eavenson had voiced a complaint about the state senator’s push to require a conviction before law enforcement officials received any civil asset forfeiture money.


While it is currently unknown exactly which state senator — many have speculated either civil libertarians Bob Hall (R) or Don Huffines (R) — was the subject of these comments, Eavenson later defended Trump’s words: “He was making a point about how much he opposed that kind of philosophy. I appreciated what the president said. I can assure you that he is on our side.”


(H/T Mediaite)

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