Republican Lawmaker Blasts Harry & Meghan For Vote Vid
Harry and Meghan did not mention Trump when he said people should “reject hate speech, lies, and dishonesty on the internet” – but one GOP member of Congress says this makes sense.
Posted on October 9, 2020, at 4:07 pm ET
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A Republican congressman wrote a letter criticizing the British ambassador to the US, saying that when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wrote a video last month urging American voters to “reject hate speech, lies, and infidelity on the Internet,” instead, was campaigning against President Donald Trump.
“This represents a gross violation of the British Royal Family’s political policy and the unjust harassment of one of our closest associates,” Rep. Jason Smith of the 8th DRM District of Missouri wrote in a letter Friday.
Smith called on Dame Karen Pierce, the UK ambassador to Washington, DC, to call on the British government to ensure that the two “do not try to disrupt” US elections “or to be deprived of all their responsibilities, styles, and opportunities.”
Prince Harry and Megan Markle are using foreign powers to campaign against President Trump and disrupt our election. Today, I have appealed to the British Government to ban this. See my entire letter below
04:02 PM – 09 Oct 2020
Last month, as part of a special session between ABC magazine and Time in conjunction with World Voting Day, Meghan and Harry invited Americans to go to the polls.
“Every four years we are told the same thing, that it is the most important choice in our lives, but it is this,” said Meghan, whose son, Archie, is an American citizen and a member of the British royal family.
“As we approach this November, it is important that we reject hate speech, lies, and dishonesty on the Internet,” added Harry.
“It’s time to dump her and move on.” Today #NationalVoterRegistrationDay, joined # Time100 alumni Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, for action in the future.
02: 41AM – 23 Sep 2020
Harry and Meghan left the royal family earlier this year, reaching an agreement with the Queen where they would no longer receive taxpayers’ money in the UK or use their “high” positions in exchange for limited and confidential work. He now lives in California.
In their voting video, the pair did not mention Trump in public. A spokesman for the Duke and Duchess said at the time the video was released it was simply a call for “respect and dignity” and did not approve of anyone voting.
The point was reiterated by a number of people on Friday, noting that Mr. Smith appeared to be associating his party leader with “insulting, false, and ignorant remarks on the Internet.”
According to a GOP Congress member, Harry’s call for voters to “reject hate speech, lies, and cyberbullying” is a campaign against Trump. https://t.co/7FxpkcrqsU
06:31 PM – 09 Oct 2020
Recognizing the invitation to “reject hate speech, lies, and cyberbullying” as an attack on Republicans is a wonderful way to express yourself https://t.co/i2b5ynpXCr
06:34 PM – 09 Oct 2020
Some have argued that in addition to mispronouncing Smith’s name, the legislator has not ignored his claim to be an American citizen and has the right to vote.
Meghan Markle is a US citizen. He is not a slave to the “Whites Only” British Royal Family to do whatever he wants. You cannot intimidate him or others into voting or speaking freely. https://t.co/RYTzRPBeqU
05:54 PM – 09 Oct 2020
Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat representing Illinois District 8, also became rich.
According to the letter, encouraging people to exercise their voting rights and “reject hate speech, lies, and dishonesty on the Internet” is campaigning against the President? I think this is one way to try to bring “Crown.” https://t.co/fag3mWce2y
06:51 PM – 09 Oct 2020
However, royal officials told the Times newspaper in the UK last month that this violated the agreement the couple had made to separate from the royal family. He also said that the Queen and others should separate themselves from the allegations.
When President Trump was asked about his remarks at a press conference at the White House and was falsely told that the pair had encouraged Joe Biden, he said he was “not a fan” of Meghan.
“I want a chance for Harry – because he will need it,” Trump said.
A reporter asks Trump about Harry & Meghan encouraging people to vote (falsely claiming to accept Biden). Trump: I’m not a fan of him. And I can say this … I wish Harry a chance – because he will need it.
10:34 PM – 23 Sep 2020
Before becoming a monarch and still a player on Suits, Meghan had spoken out against Trump, calling him a “divider.”
The Los Angeles-born actress called her a “stupid woman … and she doesn’t talk,” and said she was considering living in Canada, where she filmed Suits, if she won.
Last year, Trump was interviewed by the Sun newspaper about his past statements before he left for the UK.
“I didn’t know that,” Trump said. “What can I say? I didn’t know he was cruel.” (He later declined to comment.)
President Trump, too, has intervened in the British election. Before the UK election in December, he called on the Brits to reject Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn.
“Corbyn could be the worst in your country. If they were too bad, they could take you in the worst possible way. They take you to the wrong place, ”Trump said in October 2019.
In 2016, when he was representing the British president and voters contemplating Brexit, Trump said he should “be safe” without the European Union.
Representatives of the Duke and Duchess, Smith, and the British Ambassador to Washington, DC, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.