In a recent engagement at the White House, President Trump casually threatened to destroy the career of a local Texas politician who opposed civil asset forfeiture.
Seriously... It genuinely happened.
Civil asset forfeiture is when police and law enforcement can seize an individual's property and cash, on the grounds that it is related to criminal acts.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the individual does not need to have been convicted or even arrested for the tool to be used against them.
The system has been abused by agencies as a form of cash raising.
In 2009 the Chicago Police Department raised $72 million (USD) in civil asset forfeitures, which it then allegedly used as a slush fund for anti-gang and anti-drug policing.
On Tuesday, when a Texas Sheriff Hardol Eavenson told the president about a state senator's opposition to the system, Trump remarked:
Who is the state senator? Do you want to give his name? We'll destroy his career?
A White House spokesperson reportedly said the president was only 'joking'.
Enter State Senator Daylin Leach of Pennsylvania
Coming to the defence of his Southern compatriot, Daylin Leach, a state senator in Pennsylvania tweeted to the president:
Hey @realDonaldTrump I oppose civil asset forfeiture too! Why don't you try to destroy my career you fascist, loffa-face, sh*t-gibbon!
The message was retweeted over 10,000 times and liked by more than 24,0000 people.
In 2015, Leach impersonated president Trump at a dinner for the press.
Preaching to the choir
The outburst is unlikely to actually 'destroy' Leach's career.
Although the Pennsylvania State Senate is controlled by Republicans, Leach won his seat in 2016 with 63.2 per cent of the vote and in 2012 with 62 per cent.
Moreover, the two counties that make up his seat, Montgomery and Delaware, overwhelming supported Democrat Hillary Clinton in the general election.
The state of Pennsylvania's electoral votes were however, awarded to Donald Trump.
What the President could hypothetically do to Leach is use the Republican controlled state house to gerrymander Leach out of a safe seat at the next State Senate election.
This is highly unlikely and unethical. And it's not as if Donald Trump is known for having a thin skin, or a propensity for a vendetta.
HT: Raw Story