Trump aide urges defeat of Michigan member of Freedom Caucus

President Trump's social media director, Dan Scavino, lashed out at the MI lawmaker in a tweet, calling the representative a "liability", and challenging Trump supporters to "defeat him" during the 2018 primaries.

Saturday's tweet by White House social media director Dan Scavino Jr. comes two days after Trump threatened conservative lawmakers who thwarted a House vote on health care legislation. Scavino rose through ranks and is now Trump's social media and senior adviser.

The back-and-forth prompted Freedom Caucus member Raul Labrador to chime in with criticism of Scavino, asking if the tweet was an April Fool's joke.

The South Carolina Republican told The Post and Courier that Trump chose to convey this message through an intermediary: White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney, a former member of the S.C. congressional delegation, co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus and a friend.

"Scavino tweeted that Trump "is bringing auto plants & jobs back to Michigan" and Amash "is a big liability", adding: "#TrumpTrain, defeat him in primary".

Stay tuned for the next round.

"This is use of official position to influence an election", Painter tweeted.

"I think it is really, really unhelpful to Donald Trump's ultimate agenda to slam the very people who are going to be propping up his border wall, all the things he wants to do on immigration, on trade", said conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. "Look at the photo and description underneath". Some moderate Republicans also objected to the legislation, but for different reasons.

A Trump aide could have violated a federal law after he called for the defeat of a Michigan Freedom Caucus member following the healthcare bill disaster. An interesting catch by the Hill, meanwhile: Sean Hannity addressed Trump's tweet about "fighting" the Freedom Caucus on his show on Thursday night and ... seemed to side with the Caucus, claiming that Trump's anger in scapegoating them for the bill's failure was "misplaced".

In a tweet of his own on Thursday, the Idaho Republican wrote: "Freedom Caucus stood with u when others ran".

He lumped them in with Democrats and pledged in a tweet to "fight" them in the 2018 midterms.

President Trump early Sunday vowed that the "repeal & replace of ObamaCare" is not dead, pointing to the "love and strength" in the Republican Party.

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