Mark Meadows, Donald Trump’s chief of staff, defended the Republican convention’s violations of federal law.
During the convention broadcast on August 25, the Republican Party repeatedly used federal property as a backdrop for events, particularly the White House. Trump even used military troops, who are supposed to be nonpartisan, as part of the proceedings.
Many critics said the behavior violates the federal Hatch Act, which prohibits the government from being used for political activity.
“Nobody outside of the Beltway really cares,” Meadows told Politico in an interview the next morning.
The Trump administration has previously been cited for breaking the same law after top Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway campaigned on federal grounds.