MBA’s Stevens Rips Trump on Twitter
December 4, 2017
Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) President and CEO David H. Stevens has spent the last two weeks on Twitter slam against President Trump, using the social media channel to highlight negative media coverage and insulting comments aimed at the president’s policies and mental health, including a call to consider using a constitutional provision to remove him from office.
Stevens, who was Federal Housing Administration Commissioner in the Obama Administration before joining the trade group, kicked off his anti-Trump messaging on Nov. 22 by retweeting a story from NBC reporter Katy Tur titled “The Degrading Ritual of Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s Pre-Thanksgiving Press Briefing,” which offered a harsh criticism of the White House Press Secretary’s approach to the daily media briefings.
On Nov. 26, he retweeted the CNN Politics article “Sen. Lindsey Graham bemoans President Trump's support for Alabama Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore, calling the move a lose-lose situation,” which denigrated the president’s input in the ongoing Alabama senate election.
Stevens had additional praise on Nov. 26 for CNN by sharing a tweet from MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough that stated, “Thank you, CNN International for remaining a fair and free voice across the globe. You send the message every day that America still has a vibrant, free press.” CNN and the White House have been an ongoing feud over the network’s coverage, with the president questioning the accuracy and political bent of their news stories.
Also on Nov. 26, Stevens joined the chorus of those questioning President Trump’s competency by retweeting MSNBC’s Nicolle D. Wallace, who wrote, “After ignoring trump’s tweets for five days, I just read them all and I’m gobsmacked. I want to send him Zoloft, a dictionary and a nanny.”
Stevens also offered a Twitter support for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), whose controversial claims of Native American heritage in order to gain educational and employment benefits earned her the nickname “Pocahontas” from the president. Steven retweeted New York Times coverage on Nov. 27 and Time coverage on Nov. 28 when the president used the “Pocahontas” nickname in a White House ceremony honoring Navajo Code Talkers from World War II—both media outlets referred to the “Pocahontas” reference as a racial slur, which the White House denied.
While the MBA is neutral on the Net Neutrality issue, Stevens was not. On Nov. 29, he tweeted: “PLEASE call 1-202-418-1000 to reach the voicemail of the Chairman of the FCC. Say your name, city, and state and that you oppose the repeal of Net Neutrality. It took 12 seconds. Please copy and share.”
Also on Nov. 29, Stevens expressed his unhappiness over President Trump’s retweeting of videos from a far-right British group that purported to show violence by radical Islamic extremists. In his tweet, Stevens stated: “I support my friends in the Muslim community and am opposed to the broad brushed attack’s against any religion. I also oppose extremist distortions of any religion and that includes supposed Christian extremists. Bigotry is wrong period.” He also retweeted a condemning tweet from Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and a CNN Politics tweet with Labour Party parliamentarian Stephen Doughty stating: "President Trump simply doesn't represent the kind, generous, caring Americans that I know."
On Nov. 30, Stevens retweeted another Joe Scarborough message, this time a video clip about using the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to remove the president from office.
But perhaps the most intriguing Stevens tweet was a cryptic Nov. 29 message that said, “Cover it all up. The story of lemmings.” It is not clear what he was referring to, though the reference to lemmings seems to be tied to the zoological urban legend of lemmings as creatures that join together for voluntary suicidal leaps off a cliff.
Stevens identifies himself on Twitter as CEO of the MBA and includes a link to the trade group’s Web site. However, he does not specifically state on Twitter that his messaging is a reflection of his personal views. To date, the MBA has not offered specific criticism of the president’s leadership abilities, non-housing policies or mental health.
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