It didn't take many words for Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) to shut down President Barack Obama's former aide, Ben Rhodes, on Thursday after the foreign policy adviser made a comment about Republican obituaries:
I hope this is the photo they use on the front page of the Times on the day Trump is indicted pic.twitter.com/mifuyBk6YY
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) December 21, 2017
And alongside the obits for Ryan, McConnell, and Pence https://t.co/fOrm1JZwpu
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) December 21, 2017
Scalise very nearly lost his life when a gunman opened fire on a practice session for the Republican congressional baseball team in Virginia this spring. "That night, it could have gone the other way a few times," Scalise recalled. "When I got to the hospital, they said I was within a minute of death if they didn't get some blood back into my system."
Scalise's reprimand of Rhodes' comment, then, carried an extra weight:
You may want to reconsider your rhetoric. https://t.co/VQVWej6n00
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) December 21, 2017
With many contentious issues on the table this year, tensions have been high between Republicans and Democrats — as well as between members of a divided GOP. A member of the Republican National Committee in Nevada apologized in July for sharing a Medium post directed at Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who'd just undergone surgery for a blood clot, titled "Please Just F‑‑‑ing Die Already." Jeva Lange
The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James hit back at President Trump on Twitter Saturday morning in response to Trump's tweeted announcement that the Golden State Warriors will not be invited to the White House to celebrate their NBA championship after point guard Stephen Curry criticized Trump's policies and rhetoric. As James sees it, Curry's Friday statement that he does not want to meet Trump means the president had no invitation to rescind:
U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017
James, who is vice president of the NBA Players Association, was not the only pro athlete to take issue with Trump's weekend critiques of Curry and Colin Kaepernick, the latter of whom Trump referred to as a "son of a bitch" for his habit of declining to stand for the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice in America.
Trump stay in ur place... football have nothing to do wit u smh
— Zach Brown (@ZachBrown_55) September 23, 2017
And I doubt he's man enough to call any of those players a son of a bitch to their face...
— Chris Paul (@CP3) September 23, 2017
— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) September 23, 2017
A #POTUS whose name alone creates division and anger. Whose words inspire dissension and hatred can't possibly "Make America Great Again"
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) September 23, 2017
It all began when Jeb Bush surprised audiences Wednesday by saying that "people need to work longer hours" in order for the economy to grow, The Washington Post reports. The comment came during Bush's meeting with the editorial board of the New Hampshire Union Leader and was quickly tackled by the Democratic National Committee, who called his remark "easily one of the most out-of-touch comments we’ve heard so far this cycle." They weren't the only ones to think so:
Anyone who believes Americans aren't working hard enough hasn't met enough American workers. pic.twitter.com/wyS1p8zcDo
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 9, 2015
But Bush wasn't to be without the last word. His response came early this morning, tweeted back at Clinton:
Anyone who discounts 6.5 million people stuck in part-time work & seeking full-time jobs hasnt listened to working Americans @hillaryclinton
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) July 9, 2015
Look at that sass! Who'd have thought Jeb had it in him?
Bush additionally clarified in a town hall meeting Wednesday that his comments about people needing to work longer hours were in reference only to people working part time, CNN reports. "You can take it out of context all you want, but high sustained growth means people work 40 hours rather than 30 hours and that by our success they have disposable income for their families to decide how they want to spend it rather than standing in line and being dependent upon government," Bush said. Jeva Lange