As if there aren’t bigger issues at hand when it comes to United States affairs, apparently Republican Rep. Dan Donovan of New York has drafted legislation that would require that official portraits of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence be displayed side-by-side in post offices of the U.S. Postal Service.
The legislation was reportedly drafted after a Staten Island resident made Donovan aware of a local post office that had photographs of former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden but not photos of the current president and vice president.
Unsurprisingly, many Americans see this as an irresponsible, immature, and absurdly wasteful. The Twitterverse was ablaze with critiques about just how ridiculous the proposed legislation is.
President Trump @realDonaldTrump please offer Dan Donovan a position with you. He wants to put your picture in every post office. We got bigger problems in NY (heroin, homeless, taxes, etc) and need a Congressman who isn't so interested in your photo. https://t.co/YxDZIV84Xy pic.twitter.com/SOxmQwvVME
— Queen of the Click👑 (@queenoftheclick) April 5, 2018
Rep. Dan Donovan is definitely overpaid and under worked, if his top priority is a fuckin picture of #THUMP in the post office 😠😠😠😡😉
— Rick Williams (@Rickwwnavyvet) April 5, 2018
Rep. Dan Donovan wants Americans to bow down to an illegitimate, intimidating conman leader by subjecting them to seeing his photo in every post office. Please vote for one of the dems running against him: Zach Emig, Boyd Melson, Michael DeVito Jr or. Mike DeCill. #Impeach https://t.co/NssgaxzCWc
— Kim Perales (@kpjpsp) April 5, 2018
Beyond wasting resources, legislation of this sort reeks of the dictatorial and propagandizing nature for which this administration has become infamous. For Americans particularly aware of the magnitude of mandates of this sort, this is not just a ridiculous proposal, but also inherently dangerous.
Rob, he has plenty of @GOP help. Like Rep. Dan Donovan wanting to put Trump's pic in every post office like this is the USSR under Stalin. We *must* speak out about this. It's not only wrong, it's insane. Putin may own Trump but this still isn't Russia.
— Mara McGuire (@Megaera17) April 5, 2018
Rep. Donovan seems to think Congress is mostly a ceremonial body, charged with post office naming and office decor. Dan there’s this document from the late 1780s, with your job description in it. Suggest you take a peek at it.
— Anders Wenstrand (@aewenstrand) April 5, 2018
When government officials try to introduce trivial legislation instead of focusing on the legitimate needs of citizens, Americans suffer as a result. With a plethora of real and present issues at hand across the country, it would be laughable to see a bill of this sort passed. That is, if it weren’t so terrifying.
It’s not exactly clear as to why Donovan thinks that proposing this bill is a good use of time, energy or tax dollars. Perhaps it’s because he’s in a contentious race with former Rep. Michael Grimm who, after serving an 8-month sentence for tax fraud, is dipping his feet back in the political pond.
Donovan may be using any means he can think of to get ahead, as Grimm still has a legion of supporters. And if this legislative measure wins the attention and appreciation of President Trump — and his ego — it could be a huge boost for Rep. Donovan’s re-election campaign efforts.
Oh puke……I will never set foot in a post office if the GOP's dear leader is peering from a picture frame. Does Dan Donovan have a trump/pence picture on hanging on his living room or bedroom walls? ICK.
— Patti Kears (@PattiKears) April 4, 2018
This was written because a certain post office placed photos of Obama/Biden on their wall, but not Trump.
Dan Donovan’s so desperate to be elected, he’s introducing a bill just to get Trump’s attention and support. https://t.co/hhEgS59DpS
— WhiteRabbit 🦋🐇🦋 (@WhiteRabbitMama) April 5, 2018
No matter what the exact reason(s) may be for proposing legislation that would make Trump and Pence’s photographs required at post offices, it’s transparent that it’s motivated by political and social climbing.