President Donald Trump on Sunday took to Twitter to ratchet up his rhetoric against Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), the next chair of the House Intelligence Committee.
Trump misspelled Schiff's name, presumably intentionally, which to many is a sign of the president's festering angst over Schiff's forthcoming subpoena power once Democrats take over the House in January.
"So funny to see little Adam Schitt (D-CA)," Trump wrote, "talking about the fact that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was not approved by the Senate, but not mentioning the fact that Bob Mueller (who is highly conflicted) was not approved by the Senate!"
So funny to see little Adam Schitt (D-CA) talking about the fact that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was not… https://t.co/iUe5HWLVES— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1542564069.0
Schiff quickly fired back with a jab of his own.
"Wow, Mr. President, that’s a good one," Schiff said. "Was that like your answers to Mr. Mueller’s questions, or did you write this one yourself?"
Wow, Mr. President, that’s a good one. Was that like your answers to Mr. Mueller’s questions, or did you write th… https://t.co/fLB7owqf1T— Adam Schiff (@Adam Schiff) 1542566195.0
Today is the 155th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. When it comes to discourse, Trump is no Abraham Lincoln.
@DeanObeidallah @realDonaldTrump That pretty much sums it up.— tc (@tc) 1542635260.0
Trump's elementary attempt at wit was met with the full fury of Twitter.
@realDonaldTrump The fact that this tweet is still standing, uncorrected after so many hours is almost as awful as… https://t.co/uJm3AfxO6F— Marcolepsy (@Marcolepsy) 1542634631.0
@realDonaldTrump The fact that this has been left uncorrected for 24 hrs now ought to prove the mentality of this m… https://t.co/ASXdNTUEBe— Dr Gina van Raphael (@Dr Gina van Raphael) 1542638609.0
@realDonaldTrump @ABC @CBS @MSNBC @REUTERS @FOX @BBC @thehill @NPR @nytimes @WSJPolitics @AP let's discuss a Presid… https://t.co/aRhEpEInm5— baseballismyhappyplace (@baseballismyhappyplace) 1542634778.0
And for good measure, Trump is simply wrong in his tweet about Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
@realDonaldTrump You ignorant ass. The Constitution says that the AG has to be Senate confirmed; it doesn’t say any… https://t.co/GDGI29U2MA— LeCorbusier (@LeCorbusier) 1542633605.0
Under the Constitution, Mueller is not a "principal officer," in that he doesn't answer directly to the president. Therefore, Senate approval was not required for his appointment.
Mueller was twice-confirmed by the Senate as FBI Director - first in 2001 and again in 2011 - by 98-0 and 100-0.
@BethP0201 @realDonaldTrump Yup; 98-0— Goodtrouble (@Goodtrouble) 1542639330.0
On the other hand, Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, whom Trump tapped to replace Jeff Sessions, would report to the president and therefore needs to be confirmed by the Senate.
This was the case made by George Conway and Neal Katyal in a New York Times editorial earlier this month.
@lornaMAGA @bookwormwmb @realDonaldTrump DOJ approval isn't necessary. Senate approval is. Why are there so many in… https://t.co/GfZ0OxyQaL— Kim Whitmore (@Kim Whitmore) 1542639573.0
@realDonaldTrump So funny to see the President of the United States engaging in what amounts to school yard bullyin… https://t.co/w0uLHqgF8l— HollandC (@HollandC) 1542637682.0
@realDonaldTrump Do all these insults make you feel all high and mighty? Enjoy it while it lasts wont be much longer or #Resignnow— Beautifully_bruised (@Beautifully_bruised) 1542636248.0
@realDonaldTrump 1. Are you 3? And you THINK you are a "respected world leader" 2. Again, are you 3? Addressing Mr… https://t.co/L8fq7VpjUR— Wendy (@Wendy) 1542636500.0
Trump is clearly not looking forward to being held accountable, now that Democrats will control the House. They've already pledged to challenge the president on a number of fronts.
@realDonaldTrump Welcome to oversight, Transparency and accountability. I'm sure they will do the jobs we the people hired them to do.— Coherent Boomer (@Coherent Boomer) 1542635257.0
The internet's mockery of Trump continued on Schiff's Twitter feed.
Schoolchildren have better manners.
@RepAdamSchiff Acting very presidential. He has the mind and temperament of a 5th grader.— Karen C🌹🌱🌻 (@Karen C🌹🌱🌻) 1542609877.0
@karenmiami305 @RepAdamSchiff Maybe a second grader.— Chad Brinkerhuff (@Chad Brinkerhuff) 1542633545.0
@CBrinkerhuff @karenmiami305 @RepAdamSchiff My kindergartner knows better. 🤷🏻♀️— Leslie 🔜 PaxUnplugged (@Leslie 🔜 PaxUnplugged) 1542638395.0
On Friday, Trump announced he had “very easily" completed answering Mueller's questions in writing, though he has not submitted them to Mueller's office.
Trump insisted that he and he alone answered what was asked of him.
“My lawyers aren’t working on it. I’m working on it,” Trump said. “My lawyers don’t write the answers.”
Twitter had its theories about what Trump's responses look like.
@RepAdamSchiff We got hold of Trump's letter to the special counsel ICYMI, Adam... https://t.co/jL4J6oZ7BB— ms_mims (@ms_mims) 1542608673.0
@RepAdamSchiff https://t.co/mESmeUBm5R— I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar (@I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar) 1542615268.0
Schiff's mature reply was appreciated.
@RepAdamSchiff 😂😂😂😂 Adam Schiff, you have a great sense of humor! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your Family. ❤️🇺🇸🖖🏼— cookiewrites (@cookiewrites) 1542620547.0
@RepAdamSchiff Thank you for taking the high road as you always do.— Actress Debbie (@Actress Debbie) 1542607260.0
@RepAdamSchiff Don’t let him bait you. He’s just trying to get some partisan or personal response to use against yo… https://t.co/10LIQVJe0z— Vote Smart (@Vote Smart) 1542633286.0
There's a storm brewing.
@CBSternfeld @RepAdamSchiff 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾— Dellcine Mcpherson (@Dellcine Mcpherson) 1542639321.0
The drama is surely far from over.
@RepAdamSchiff I knew this presidency was going to be bad but this is worse than I could have ever imagined.— marthawash (@marthawash) 1542609898.0
@RepAdamSchiff Keep doing what you're doing, Congressman. If Don thinks you're a s**t, then you know you're doing… https://t.co/2SHUYAIzCW— Bernadette North (@Bernadette North) 1542636733.0
@RepAdamSchiff Clearly, he's schitting a brick about your new position.— PerSisters (@PerSisters) 1542637752.0