President Donald Trump took to Twitter this morning to urge House Republicans not to support a little known House Bill scheduled for vote Wednesday. He also linked the bill to Democrat Presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
Republicans shouldn’t vote for H.R. 312, a special interest casino Bill, backed by Elizabeth (Pocahontas) Warren. It is unfair and doesn’t treat Native Americans equally!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 8, 2019
The Daily Beast explains that President Trump’s weighing in on a bill that would grant “rights to a Native American tribe seeking a casino in Massachusetts,” seemed random, given it was introduced in January of 2019, but it might not have been random at all.
At least, “two Trump-connected firms were hired this year to lobby on behalf of Twin River Management Group, which owns a casino in Rhode Island that would directly compete with one planned by the Mashpee Wampanoag. The tribe needs Congress to enshrine its tribal rights in order to rescue the troubled casino deal in nearby Taunton, Massachusetts.”
One of those companies, Cove Strategies, is run by Matt Schlapp the head of both the ACU and CPAC, he is also the husband of White House Communications Director, Mercedes Schlapp. The company has received “$30,000 for it’s work so far this year.”
Cover Strategies has been lobbying both Congress and the White House since January of this year.
Black Diamond also employees, “former Trump campaign hand Rick Wiley and former Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL), a Trump administration ally. Black Diamond was also paid $30,000 during the first quarter of 2019.”
An hour before President Trump tweeted his opposition to the bill, Schlapp tweeted his own opposition to the bill.
So today Dems/socialists voted to hold Bill Barr in contempt for following the law— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) May 8, 2019
And soon full House will vote to reward Sen Elizabeth Warren with…wait for it…an INDIAN casino in Massachusetts.
How about we take back the House?!
Politico reports that Democratic leaders pulled two tribal bills “from the House floor Wednesday to avoid their failure after President Donald Trump — echoing complaints from the conservative media — urged Republicans to oppose the legislation.”
This move follows 24 hours of drama surrounding the tribal bills, that led to conflict “during a Republican leadership meeting Tuesday night, Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.) argued with Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), one of the bill’s co-sponsors, over the legislation, according to multiple sources. The issue also came up at a GOP-wide caucus meeting, with some members complaining that the bills were being rushed to the floor.”
Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), who is Chair of the House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States, responded to President Trump’s tweet via Twitter.
I'm sure this racist lie has nothing to do with the fact that Matt Schlapp – Trump's staffer's husband – is lobbying against the bill. The tribes overwhelmingly support this plan to restore Mashpee rights to their own land. https://t.co/yznVS20vIU— Ruben Gallego (@RepRubenGallego) May 8, 2019
As Chair of the House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States, I worked intimately with these bills in a bipartisan manner. Trump's corruption is undermining bipartisan efforts to stand up for tribal sovereignty.— Ruben Gallego (@RepRubenGallego) May 8, 2019
This is not President Trump’s first time opposing Indian Casinos. In 1993 he sued the government lamenting how come Indian Casinos don’t pay taxes, going so far as to say “they don’t look Indian to me,” during Congressional testimony.