Former Obama adviser envisions obituaries of Republican leaders

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Following the passage of the Republican tax reform plan, Ben Rhodes, the former deputy national security adviser for Obama and one of the architects of the Iran nuclear deal, shared his vision for the obituaries of Republican leaders, including Vice President Mike Pence, on Twitter.

In celebration of the Republican victory, President Donald Trump posted a photograph on Instagram which was taken in the Oval Office and featured Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R.-Ky., House Speaker Paul Ryan, R.-Wis., and Pence, giving a thumbs up.

Former Obama senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer tweeted a screenshot of Trump’s post, commenting, “I hope this is the photo they use on the front page of the Times on the day Trump is indicted.”

Rhodes then retweeted Pfeiffer’s post, adding that he would like to see the photo used “alongside the obits for Ryan, McConnell, and Pence.”

Rhodes’ comment garnered an admonishment from House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R.-La., who was shot along with several others at a Republican baseball practice last spring.

“You may want to reconsider your rhetoric,” Scalise wrote.

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