A junior Democratic congressman is catching some heat for referring to President Trump as a “hoax,” during a speech at a liberal progressive rally over the weekend.
At Saturday’s “March For Truth” rally in Washington, D.C., Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., became the first sitting congressman to allege that President Trump’s election win was a “hoax perpetrated by the Russians.”
Raskin, the grandson of Russian Jewish immigrants, made the comment while addressing President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement — a decision the liberal lawmaker strongly opposed.
“Trump says climate change is a hoax perpetrated on the Americans by the Chinese,” Raskin said. “Now if you read the intelligence agency report prepared by 17 of our own intelligence agencies, you know the truth: Donald Trump is the hoax perpetrated on the Americans by the Russians.”
Raskin’s assertion that all 17 intelligence agencies agreed with an intel report revealing Russian interfering in the 2016 presidential election was proven false by The Daily Caller, a popular conservative news site.
The Maryland congressman also called for a “comprehensive” independent commission to investigate any unseemly ties that might have existed between Russia and the Trump campaign.
Democrats’ requests for an independent commission had lapsed, momentarily, following the Justice Department’s appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russian interference. However, liberals like Raskin, who will never be satisfied as long as Trump is president, appear to be renewing their calls for such a commission.
After the event, Raskin was pressed by a reporter regarding several false claims he made during his speech.
It really should come as no surprise that Raskin lied about several key facts throughout his speech. The radical congressman has already tried to smear and undermine the president on numerous occasions.
On Jan. 6, during a joint session of Congress, Raskin joined with a handful of other House Democrats who objected to electoral ballots cast for then-President-elect Donald Trump and running mate Mike Pence. Vice President Joe Biden was forced to silence the progressive House members by ruling them out of order.
And on Jan. 18, two days before Trump’s inauguration, Raskin publicly stated that he planned to impeach the president as soon as possible, in an interview with TYT’s Eric Byler.
Raskin was also one of nearly 70 members of Congress who chose not to attend Trump’s inauguration as a way of protesting the newly democratically elected president. Instead, Raskin spoke at an “UnNaugural” concert in Silver Spring, Maryland, and attended the Planned Parenthood Pink Ball later that evening.
On May 12, Raskin introduced legislation that would seek to create the Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity to fill a role outlined by the Constitution’s 25th Amendment, which sets up presidential removal procedures. So far the bill has drawn 20 co-sponsors — all Democrats.
“The 25th Amendment was adopted 50 years ago, but Congress has never set up the body it calls for to determine presidential fitness in the event of physical or psychological incapacity. Now is the time to do it,” Raskin said in a statement.
Raskin told The Washington Post that “he started thinking about the bill as soon as he was elected to his first term in November.”
Before his election to Congress in November, Raskin was a Maryland state senator, representing the most liberal parts of Montgomery County. In an interview with the Washingtonian, Raskin proudly listed his greatest accomplishments as majority whip of the Maryland Senate.
“Look, everything we set out to do in Annapolis we got done,” Raskin said. “We abolished the death penalty, passed marriage equality, restored voting rights for former felons. We abolished mandatory minimum sentencing in drug cases and reformed civil asset-forfeiture-and-confiscation laws.”
Raskin was critical of then-candidate Trump prior to the Nov. 8 election, as well.
Speaking to a local newspaper, Raskin criticized Trump’s comments on the campaign trail, saying, “I think Donald Trump and the extreme right-wing forces … that have been brought into the mainstream of American politics need to be decisively repudiated by the American people.”
Raskin’s father, Marcus Raskin, a former policy analyst in the U.S. government and co-founder of the left-leaning Washington, DC-based Institute for Policy Studies, was a staunch opponent of the Vietnam War. In 1968, Raskin was arrested and indicted—along with four other accomplices—for conspiracy to aid resistance to the draft. After being acquitted at trial, he went on to become one of the founders of RESIST, a philanthropic non-profit organization that formed as a result of the anti-war proclamation “A Call to Resist Illegitimate Authority”.
Fifty years later, Marcus Raskin’s son is resisting the democratically elected president of the United States.
Apparently, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.