Soon to be former Congressman Devin Nunes will resign from Congress at the end of the year to helm Donald Trump’s latest scam social media venture.
Techdirt’s headline is one for the ages:
Devin Nunes Retires From Congress To Spend More Time Banning Satirical Cows From Trump’s New Social Network
In case you are wondering, in an amazing demonstration of the “Streisand Effect,” Devin Nunes sued Twitter in an attempt to unmask parody accounts, “Devin Nunes Cow,” and “Devin Nunes Cow’s Mom,” much to the amusement of everyone, except perhaps for Mr. Nunes.
In a bit of a Monday afternoon surprise, Rep. Devin Nunes has announced that he’s retiring from Congress this month to become the CEO of Trump’s new media company, Trump Media & Technology Group — a company which apparently now has tons of money in the bank (even if from sketchy sources) but also is facing a newly revealed SEC investigation that might require someone who actually understands this stuff, rather than a very thin-skinned politician who sues people who criticize him.
Note to Devin: you can’t sue the SEC for defamation.
There’s all sorts of speculation about why Nunes would do this now. He’s actually a pretty powerful Congressional representative, and in line to be in charge of some very powerful committees if, as is widely expected, the Republicans retake control over the House next year. But, he might also see the writing on the wall. Earlier in his career he was winning elections by a pretty wide margin, but the last two elections have actually been pretty tight. And, with California going through its redistricting process, he may have realized there was a high likelihood he’d lose next time around. Also, we know that watchdog groups have asked for an investigation into some of Nunes’ activities.
And, then, of course, there are all the many, many frivolous lawsuits he’s filed over the last few years, with the first one remaining the most notable and the most ridiculous: suing a satirical cow that made fun of Devin Nunes online. The fact that he’d sue a satirist for making fun of him does not suggest someone who believes very strongly in free speech.
Republicans are impervious to charges of hypocrisy, because much like the honey badger, they don’t give a sh%$.
I look forward to his getting shafted and cheated out of his money by Donald Trump.