Ben Rhodes, the former Deputy National Security Advisor to Barack Obama, has found himself in hot water after he took to Twitter to say he is looking forward to the obituaries of various prominent Republicans who were photographed with President Donald Trump celebrating the passing of a historic tax reform bill.
It all started when former Obama advisor Dan Pfeiffer tweeted out the following photo:
Rhodes soon responded on Twitter as well:
Whatever happened to, "when they go low, we go high?"
Republicans immediately let Rhodes know that he had gone too far. Speaker Paul Ryan’s spokeswoman AshLee Strong called his tweet "irresponsible and dangerous." House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, who was shot just a few months ago by a deranged left-winger, also fired back at Rhodes:
Unfortunately, this kind of violent rhetoric against Republicans has become all-to-common among the leftwing. Republicans were accused of racism by the left if they so much as criticized Barack Obama, so effective "death wishes" to the Obama administration like the one Rhodes just posted would have been met with floods of backlash.
As Scalise and Strong both indicated, statements like this are incredibly dangerous. This was shown earlier this year, when a crazed leftwing gunman opened fire on GOP congressmen as they practiced for a baseball game, seriously injuring Scalise and four others. The gunman could easily have been inspired by leftwing rhetoric that has vilified Republicans. Sadly, this just goes to show how divided our country has become thanks to increasingly-unhinged progressives.