Former Obama aide fantasizes in tweet about deaths of Pence, McConnell, Paul Ryan


The potential deaths and obituaries of Vice President Mike Pence, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan are becoming a fantasizing dream of Ben Rhodes, the former deputy national security adviser to President Barack Obama.

On Thursday, Rhodes tweeted that an Oval Office photo-op celebrating the new tax reform bill should be used “alongside the obits for Ryan, McConnell, and Pence.”

The tweet came in response to Dan Pfeiffer, another top Obama adviser, tweeting a post about the picture of President Trump with the Republican leaders, saying, “I hope this is the photo they use on the front page of the Times on the day Trump is indicted.”

Rhodes was soon hit with a a wave of social media condemnation for promoting the deaths of Republican leaders. AshLee Strong, Ryan’s press secretary, was one of them.

“Really? Obits? Irresponsible and dangerous tweet. Hope you see fit to delete this,” Strong wrote.

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., who was severely wounded in the shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice in Washington last June, also responded: “You may want to reconsider your rhetoric.”

Rhodes still has not deleted the tweet, despite an onslaught of protests on social media.

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