President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened Democrats with investigations if the new House majority uses its subpoena power to investigate the president, referring to any further digging into his tax returns or business dealings as a waste of taxpayer money.
"If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level," Trump tweeted, "then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level. Two can play that game!"
If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will lik… https://t.co/04c4QhEvbK— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1541595842.0
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough fired back at Trump's bluster on Morning Joe this morning by pointing out that Trump and the Republican Party no longer have unilateral power in Washington.
"Here's the news. Two are playing at that game, not one anymore. This is not a one-party system anymore."
Scarborough, a former GOP Congressman who left the Republican Party because of his disgust with Trump, explained that Tuesday's midterm elections are proof that our electoral system is still functioning.
"The system works," Scarborough said. "Madison's system of checks and balances worked."
Scarborough then praised Democrats for mounting a successful insurgency to Trump, culminating in winning control of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in a decade.
"The Democrats in the House helped put together and support some pretty extraordinary candidates that knew how to win Republican districts," Scarborough said. "They are big winners," he continued. "Let's tip our hats to the Democrats in the House. They put together great candidates and a great message and actually got a higher percentage of the vote in 2018 than the Tea Party did in 2010."
Watch the full clip here.
Twitter tore into Trump for his "waste taxpayer money" nonsense.
@realDonaldTrump Fixed it for you.... If the Democrats, who were duly elected by the American people, think they a… https://t.co/tDWBsoXbkO— Jeff McKown (@Jeff McKown)1541603972.0
How much taxpayer money has been spent on presidential vacations at Trump properties?
@realDonaldTrump "waste Taxpayers Money?" ...like golf trips every weekend, rallies a couple of times a week... kinda like that, right?— Wendell M. Young (@Wendell M. Young)1541602393.0
@wendmyoung @realDonaldTrump That spending needs to be on the list of things to investigate. I bet that they can fi… https://t.co/2HsWnjCBYv— Lauren Down South (@Lauren Down South)1541602745.0
@realDonaldTrump Someone is shitting his pants now huh. You've wasted plenty of my tax dollars on your stupid golf… https://t.co/v4JHgcgZUI— Simon *I Vote* (@Simon *I Vote*)1541602476.0
@realDonaldTrump The man’s favorite hobby seems to be obstructing justice— Mel #CloseTheCamps (@Mel #CloseTheCamps)1541601988.0
The country rejected Trumpism last night.
@realDonaldTrump The country spoke loudly, Mr. President. The people want checks and balances restored to our const… https://t.co/FIMfS6qZpG— Dave Hogg (@Dave Hogg)1541602099.0
Governing isn't a game, and the Senate is not at Trump's disposal to do with as he pleases (at least, let's hope not).
@realDonaldTrump It’s not a game. You also don’t have a supermajority in the senate— LRG (@LRG)1541602363.0
@realDonaldTrump Additionally, the senate doesn’t work for you. They work for the people. If they snap to your atte… https://t.co/d9zz7iyh28— LRG (@LRG)1541602504.0
@realDonaldTrump Mr President you’re about to experience CHECKS AND BALANCES.? Aren’t you excited?— Russell (@Russell)1541602625.0
@realDonaldTrump Big night for Democrats. Took House Majority, turned 33 seats. Flipped 7 Governorships. Popular vo… https://t.co/Cz0knQQncG— ♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo (@♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo)1541603723.0
But the fun is only just beginning.
Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA), with whom Trump has sparred by saying she has a "low IQ," will chair the House Financial Service Committee. Come January, Waters will have the power to subpoena Trump's mysterious tax returns.
@realDonaldTrump Maxine Waters will have the power to subpoena your banking records. Have a good day.— Denis (@Denis)1541602689.0
Since Democrats now have control of the House, committee chairs belong to that party.
Adam Schiff (D-CA) will head the House Intelligence Committee, which has the power to reopen its investigation into Trump's ties to Russia.
@realDonaldTrump Good morning Donald. https://t.co/U4NGLrH4i5— Dana Smith Dutra 🇺🇸 #StandWithJoe 🇺🇸 (@Dana Smith Dutra 🇺🇸 #StandWithJoe 🇺🇸)1541604053.0
@realDonaldTrump https://t.co/D9YDGzxsIu— Obamacrat (@Obamacrat)1541604066.0
@JoeNBC Adam Schiff will be chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.— bbqcornnuts (@bbqcornnuts)1541566734.0
On the Senate side, however, a greater Republican majority certainly means more appointments of right-wing judges and a tilted judiciary.
@JoeNBC Republicans gain 4 seats in the Senate— John Katsanos 🌟 🌟 🌟 (@John Katsanos 🌟 🌟 🌟)1541564020.0
Congress will be a check against abusive executive power once more.
@JoeNBC Congressional oversight will return...finally...Ryan effectively neutered congressional oversight...— PoliticallyCorrect (@PoliticallyCorrect)1541563563.0
@JoeNBC AWESOME news, finally some checks and balances— Jgk (@Jgk)1541564078.0
Though some are urging Democrats to avoid getting so mired in investigations that they forget to govern.
@JoeNBC The way I see it this is great for GOP going in to 2020. The Dems will spend 2 years investigating n causin… https://t.co/WavXXGMeFK— Robin Wallen (@Robin Wallen)1541564752.0
@JoeNBC For now. They need to be careful. Never ending Government shutdowns and Trump investigations will get them… https://t.co/6Fz9LJKPwi— JonJon (@JonJon)1541580431.0
For now, Democrats will have the opportunity to put the brakes on the extreme Republican agenda. Good luck, and don't f*ck it up.