American politicians on opposite sides of the aisle don’t tend to agree on much in today’s political climate. But on Friday, politicians from the GOP and the Democratic party, including President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State John Kerry, came together in a series of curse-laden tweets.
The unlikely coalition came together in frustration with Republican Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky, who called for a recorded vote to pass the $2 trillion bipartisan coronavirus emergency relief package. Massie’s insistence that all members of the House be present to formally vote on the bill would have forced many representatives to travel back to Washington, DC from their home districts and further delayed the stimulus, Politico reported.
Trump tweeted that the Kentucky Republican was a “third rate Grandstander” who “just wants the publicity.” Kerry, who has long been a foe of the president, shared the tweet in agreement. “Breaking news: Congressman Massie has tested positive for being an a-shole,” Kerry said in a tweet. “He must be quarantined to prevent the spread of his massive stupidity. He’s given new meaning to the term #Masshole. (Finally, something the president and I can agree on!)” 
—John Kerry (@JohnKerry) March 27, 2020
The budding friendship continued as Trump tweeted that he “never knew John Kerry had such a good sense of humor.”
Liberal Twitter personality Dr. Eugene Gu was one of many to marvel at this unlikely pairing. 
—Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) March 27, 2020
Writer Rick Wilson sang the same tune, writing, “Who knew it would be Thomas Massie who united America at long last?” 
—Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) March 27, 2020
Massie defended his decision to delay the vote in a series of tweets, arguing that it was his constitutional responsibility to ensure a quorum would formally vote on the stimulus package. 
—Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) March 27, 2020
In a comment to Politico, he said, “You know what, there are a lot who aren’t mad at me. They’re quietly expressing their support to me.”
In the end, the House had enough members present on Friday afternoon to pass the legislation and overrule Massie’s request for a recorded vote. The estimated $2 trillion stimulus package now heads to the White House for the president’s approval. 
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