This is one of those classic – What if Republicans had done this to Obama? – moments. It’s also serious though. This is members of the legislative branch openly encouraging people to defy the executive branch.
The Hill reports:
Dems post guide on dodging Trump administration’s ‘communications blackout’
Reps. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Don Beyer (D-Va.) released a guide Thursday for federal employees “who wish to break the Administration’s communications blackout.”
”The Trump administration has strapped a muzzle on federal agencies and attacked legitimate whistleblowers. Should you wish to break that silence, we want this to be a resource for the safe and responsible disclosure of information,” Lieu said in a statement.
“In this age of gag orders and alternative facts, it’s important that we provide federal employees tools to ensure transparency,” Beyer added.
The document, “Speak Truth to Power,” is broken into two sections: “Know Your Rights” and “Know Your Options” and is presented as a resource for circumventing the Trump administration’s pause on external communication by federal agencies.
“From day one the Trump Administration and its allies in Congress have treated the federal workforce like a punching bag, all while issuing hostile threats to whistleblowers and dissenters,” Beyer said in explaining the need for the document that provides tips on how to reach the press securely to share information.
Republicans should make beating these guys in 2018 a priority.