Twitter Wars
July 30, 2018

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) isn't President Trump's teacher, but that didn't stop him from schooling him on Twitter.

On Monday, Merkley decided to mark up Trump's tweet from Sunday about immigration, which stated that "there are consequences when people cross our Border illegally," and "many are just using children for their own sinister purposes." Merkley got out his virtual red pen, crossed out most of Trump's message, and changed a few words, so it flips the entire message back on Trump.

Merkley made his edits after a judge told the Trump administration they must hand over by Wednesday information on the migrant parents who were separated from their children at the border, and haven't yet been reunited with their kids. Trump hasn't commented on Merkley's tweet, but did pat himself on the back for "reuniting illegal families," who, of course, were separated in the first place by the government. Catherine Garcia

July 23, 2018

On Sunday night, President Trump tweeted an all-caps message to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, seemingly in response to a warning Rouhani issued earlier in the day.

Rouhani declared during a meeting of Iranian diplomats that "America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars." Trump directly addressed Rouhani in his tweet, saying, "To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!" Catherine Garcia

December 21, 2017

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:

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:

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

September 23, 2017

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:

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.

Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, also pushed back on Trump's remarks, calling Trump's comments "divisive" and demonstrative of "an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL." Bonnie Kristian

July 9, 2015

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:

But Bush wasn't to be without the last word. His response came early this morning, tweeted back at Clinton:

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

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