Donald Trump: Throw Thomas Massie out of the Republican Party

President Donald Trump berated Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) on Friday, demanding the Republicans throw him out of the party for obstructing the massive coronavirus rescue package.

“WIN BACK HOUSE, but throw Massie out of Republican Party!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

…& costly. Workers & small businesses need money now in order to survive. Virus wasn’t their fault. It is “HELL” dealing with the Dems, had to give up some stupid things in order to get the “big picture” done. 90% GREAT! WIN BACK HOUSE, but throw Massie out of Republican Party!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2020

The president described the famous Republican libertarian as a “third rate Grandstander” who was obstructing the bill.

“He just wants the publicity. He can’t stop it, only delay, which is both dangerous and costly,” Trump wrote.

Massie is expected to force a roll call vote in Congress on the $2 trillion emergency funding bill, requiring members of Congress to rush back to Washington instead of passing the bill unanimously by a voice vote.

If Massie demands a quorum, 216 members of Congress are needed to return to Washington to pass the bill.

Massie believes that members of Congress should be required to record a vote on one of the biggest spending bills in the history of the country:

Looks like a third rate Grandstander named @RepThomasMassie, a Congressman from, unfortunately, a truly GREAT State, Kentucky, wants to vote against the new Save Our Workers Bill in Congress. He just wants the publicity. He can’t stop it, only delay, which is both dangerous……

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2020

The Washington political establishment was sharply critical of Massie’s threatened political stance:

Safe to say Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky), a libertarian, will be the most unpopular person in the country today. Rs, Ds, the apolitical, nobody likes his decision to hold up this vote while forcing lawmakers to needlessly put themselves at risk to fly back for a voice vote. https://t.co/u8XLS5fmGf

— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) March 27, 2020

Also Thomas Suozzi of New York said his message to Massie is: “Cut it out.” He also said there’s “anxiety” about being here and his family isn’t happy that he’s here. https://t.co/ToyyCcwV0R

— Manu Raju (@mkraju) March 27, 2020

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