The news was so shocking some thought it was fake. But as CBS News reports, the White House is threatening Republican Senators to not vote to convict President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial, or else.
That "or else" was revealed by CBS News' Chief Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes, who reports, "One Trump confidant tells CBS News that GOP senators have been warned: 'Vote against the president and your head will be on a pike.'"
The revelation comes at the 1:17 mark:
In opening statements, House managers examined the debunked conspiracy theories invoked by Pres. Trump. A @POTUS… https://t.co/oZ0oJCxx1U— CBS Evening News (@CBS Evening News) 1579822803.0
Marketwatch described it as the Trump administration "getting medieval."
Social media users were less reserved, pushing the hashtag #HeadOnAPike to the number two spot on Twitter's trending list.
Some felt Chief Justice John Roberts should have taken action on the news. Others felt it was akin to jury tampering.
Take a look at some examples:
If any one of us ever threatened that we would put a juror's #HeadOnAPike if he/she did not let us off, we would be… https://t.co/uTX2GprAle— Mrs. Krassenstein (@Mrs. Krassenstein) 1579876304.0
These are mob tactics by the president of the United States. #HeadOnAPike https://t.co/HXvzLTfdw9— Frank Galpin (@Frank Galpin) 1579869588.0
So I guess .@senategop needs to decide. Are you more concerned about the billions of voters? Or the coward with… https://t.co/IO42sjtcYT— EG, PhD Votes 🇺🇸 (@EG, PhD Votes 🇺🇸) 1579869213.0
Isn’t this called jury tampering? #HeadOnAPike https://t.co/GThhHc0x08— Hoodlum 🇺🇸 (@Hoodlum 🇺🇸) 1579872651.0
Gutless Spineless Weak Treasonous Traitorous Cowardly Amoral Sycophantic Corrupt Every @GOP Senator was war… https://t.co/PQrofXaOyJ— Bleeding Heart Liberal Marine (@Bleeding Heart Liberal Marine) 1579872170.0
Remedial search of trump’s timeline lets us all know, republicans got the message No one moreso than @tedcruz… https://t.co/Fx8w3fhPap— ᎠᏌNᎬᎷYᎢᎻᎪNᏩ™️ (@ᎠᏌNᎬᎷYᎢᎻᎪNᏩ™️) 1579875111.0
President Trump's people told the Senate GOP, "Vote against the President and your head will be on a pike." I dunn… https://t.co/9G5bDNut9W— Operative_X (@Operative_X) 1579871985.0
Sure is nice of Chief Justice John Roberts to allow Trump to commit another crime while he presides over his acquit… https://t.co/HvA3Gc2ez1— Jonathan Jewel 🇺🇸 (@Jonathan Jewel 🇺🇸) 1579874815.0
This is the literally the rhetoric of unhinged monarchs. #HeadOnAPike https://t.co/jHLkG8LxgF— Ahmed Baba (@Ahmed Baba) 1579882308.0
So a comedian puts red paint on a Trump mask and her life is upended for threatening the president. But the preside… https://t.co/x40U062iKf— Free Press (@Free Press) 1579879333.0
“Vote against the president and your head will be on a pike.” Trump, mob boss of the GOP crime syndicate who is ac… https://t.co/5NaHfMuHti— Polly Sigh (@Polly Sigh) 1579881506.0