The Republican’s effort to torpedo the ongoing negotiations between President Obama and the Iranian Government by sending a traitorous letter to the Iranians has backfired in a spectacular way. As a result of the letter, over 200,000 Americans are now calling for charges of treason to be filed against the 47 Republican senators who signed the letter.
A petition filed with whitehouse.gov on Monday has more than 200,000 signatures as of mid-Thursday afternoon. Just to be clear; various right-wing rallies planned days in advance could only dream of this sort of turn out.
The White House must respond to any petition that gets 100,000 signatures in 30 days. This one netted more than twice that in four.
The petition calls for the rogue senators to be charged under the Logan Act, which dates from 1799 and forbids unauthorized citizens, including senators, from negotiating with foreign governments. Now, the law is out-of-date and probably wouldn’t be applicable in court, but the sheer volume of signatures means the White House will have to add its own response.
The word “traitor” doesn’t appear anywhere on the official petition; it stems from a Twitter hashtag that was trending when the petition went viral — “#47Traitors.”
At any rate, it’s clear that Americans have had enough of these destructive maneuvers and are demanding that something be done to reign in the anti-American Kamikaze Caucus-mentality that’s metastasized the Republican party.
[h/t the Washington Examiner]