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.
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
Really? Obits? Irresponsible and dangerous tweet. Hope you see fit to delete this. https://t.co/yW3CQHODpN
— AshLee Strong (@AshLeeStrong) December 21, 2017
You may want to reconsider your rhetoric. https://t.co/VQVWej6n00
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) December 21, 2017
Did you read the obituaries of the people who were murdered in Benghazi
— J762556 (@j762556) December 21, 2017
You need to delete this and apologize. This is coming from someone who voted for President Obama both times.
— Brian Alexander (@speedyredhawk) December 21, 2017
Secret Service will be over to see you shortly.
— Tom Kelly (@DrTMKelly) December 21, 2017
I’m a liberal, and that’s a horrible statement. Frustration is no reason to lose civility in the debate.
— Glenn Jonas (@Docjonas) December 21, 2017
Reporting this to @SecretService
— The Concerned Citizen (@ConcrndCitizen3) December 21, 2017
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