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Trump blasts ‘grandstanding’ GOP rep for relief bill defiance, prompts shocking response from John Kerry

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President Donald Trump’s rebuke of a Republican lawmaker for being a “third rate Grandstander” prompted an eyebrow-raising response from former Secretary of State John Kerry

The president unloaded on Rep. Thomas Massie in a tweet on Friday, saying the Kentucky Congressman should be thrown out of the Republican Party for holding up the Senate’s $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill after he threatened to raise a procedural objection.

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“He just wants the publicity,” Trump tweeted, calling out the “Congressman from, unfortunately, a truly GREAT State, Kentucky” over his objections to the bill which was unanimously passed by the Senate on Wednesday.

The House of Representatives was prepared to pass the measure by a “voice vote” on Friday which would not require any one of the lawmakers to be present in person, amid concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. But Massie’s objections to the bill, which would send $1,200 payments to many Americans, led him to demand a roll-call vote, thereby holding up the process and forcing lawmakers to return to the Capitol.

He raised his concerns about the effect on the national debt in a tweet on Thursday, calling the sweeping stimulus package “not a good deal.”

Trump called the delay caused by Massie  “both dangerous and costly.”

“Workers & small businesses need money now in order to survive,” he teetered, adding that the coronavirus, which has exceeded 86,000 cases in the U.S., and its effect on their livelihood was not their “fault.”

“It is ‘HELL’ dealing with the Dems, had to give up some stupid things in order to get the ‘big picture’ done,” the president added, referring to the days of negotiations that led to the final unanimous vote in the Senate.

Former Massachusetts Senator Kerry chimed in and declared his surprising agreement with Trump as he tore up Massie who “tested positive for being an a–hole.”

“He must be quarantined to prevent the spread of his massive stupidity,” the Democrat added.

Kerry and Massie locked horns last April during a House Oversight hearing over climate change.

Others were also angry at the Kentucky lawmaker, such as Rep. Peter King who tweeted about heading to Washington from his home state of New York which is at the U.S. epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, with more than 39,000 confirmed cases of the illness.

Many others came to Massie’s defense, however, calling him a true conservative for trying to slow down the race to add to the nation’s debt.

Frieda Powers

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