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 approved by the Senate, but not mentioning the fact that Bob Mueller (who is highly conflicted) was not approved by the Senate!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2018
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 this one yourself? https://t.co/Yd27sayt7C
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) November 18, 2018
Today is the 155th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. When it comes to discourse, Trump is no Abraham Lincoln.
That pretty much sums it up.
— tc (@toddcnyc) November 19, 2018
Trump’s elementary attempt at wit was met with the full fury of Twitter.
Once again you prove that you lack the decorum, and the mental acuity to be a leader. You consistently revert to the childish name calling attempt to insult a member of Congress. You are weak, a traitor, a liar, a cheater unworthy of the office let alone the respect.
— Sarcastic Sunshine 🇺🇸 (@DIYLifePlus) November 19, 2018
The fact that this tweet is still standing, uncorrected after so many hours is almost as awful as the fact that it was written in the first place. Have you been sharing Matt Whitaker's stash of HGH?
— Marcolepsy (@Zillion29) November 19, 2018
The fact that this has been left uncorrected for 24 hrs now ought to prove the mentality of this man *as well as* the sycophancy and fear of his staff.
And that's a key trait of authoritarianism.
— Dr Gina van Raphael (@AliaGvR) November 19, 2018
@ABC @CBS @MSNBC @REUTERS @FOX @BBC @thehill @NPR @nytimes @WSJPolitics @AP let's discuss a President of the United States using his official twitter account to officially disparage a member of our government and to do it crassly. This is disgusting. @VP @Flotus #bebest ?
— baseballismyhappyplace (@Floor_model) November 19, 2018
And for good measure, Trump is simply wrong in his tweet about Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
You ignorant ass. The Constitution says that the AG has to be Senate confirmed; it doesn’t say anything about the Special Council. Read it some time. Have someone read it to you while you eat your ice cream.
— LeCorbusier (@lecorbu28) November 19, 2018
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.
— Goodtrouble (@Goodtrouble7) November 19, 2018
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.