Did Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand violate House ethics rules by trying to fundraise during President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address?
It sure looks like that, and the New York Democrat deleted the tweet soon after others started to notice.
On Tuesday night, Trump addressed the nation from the House floor. During his address, Gillibrand tweeted a gif of herself rolling her eyes and asking supporters to donate $5 to her campaign.
“Agree? Chip in $5 so we can put an end to this,” Gillibrand wrote in the now deleted tweet.
— Martin Walsh (@mrwalsh__) February 7, 2019
“Wages are rising at the fastest pace in decades, and growing for blue-collar workers, who I promised to fight for, faster than anyone else. Nearly 5 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps,” Trump had said when Gillibrand sent out her tweet.
“The United States economy is growing almost twice as fast today as when I took office, and we are considered far and away the hottest economy anywhere in the world,” Trump added.
As noted by the Associated Press’s Zeke Miller, Gillibrand — who is running for president in 2020 — likely violated of House rules.
“Broadcast coverage and recordings of House floor proceedings may not be used for any political purpose under House Rule 5, clause(c)(1),” he wrote.
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) February 6, 2019
The rule that follows the one noted by Miller also seems applicable: “In addition, under House Rule 11, clause 4(b), radio and television tapes and film of any coverage of House committee proceedings may not be used, or made available for use, as partisan political campaign material to promote or oppose the candidacy of any person for public office.”
Gillibrand’s tweet clearly features a television clip, which would directly violate House Rule 11.
The New York lawmaker and longtime Clinton ally announced last month that she’s launching an exploratory committee to determine if she should run for president in 2020.
Maybe she should just explore the House ethics rules instead?