Former Obama adviser blasted on Twitter after joking about GOP obituaries
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President Obama's former national security aide Ben Rhodes faced backlash from conservatives this week after he tweeted his hope for Republican obituaries in the wake of the GOP victory on tax-reform legislation. 


Obama's former senior adviser Dan Pfieffer on Thursday tweeted a picture shared by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE of the president, Vice President Pence, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThree-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate Krystal Ball touts Sanders odds in Texas Republicans pour cold water on Trump's term limit idea MORE (R-Wis.) and House Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers run into major speed bumps on spending bills Budowsky: Donald, Boris, Bibi — The right in retreat Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers | Big tech defends efforts against online extremism | Trump attends secretive Silicon Valley fundraiser | Omar urges Twitter to take action against Trump tweet MORE (R-Ky.) giving the thumbs-up in the Oval Office. Trump was celebrating the party's victory in pushing tax reform through Congress. 

"I hope this is the photo they use on the front page of the Times on the day Trump is indicted," Pfieffer said.

Rhodes added, "And alongside the obits for Ryan, McConnell, and Pence."



While it is possible Rhodes was referring to political deaths in the tweet, conservatives were quick to slam the Obama administration alum. 

House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseScalise blasts Democratic legislation on gun reforms Liz Cheney calls for 'proportional military response' against Iran On The Money: Senate panel scraps vote on key spending bill amid standoff | Democrats threaten to vote against defense bill over wall funding | Trump set to meet with aides about reducing capital gains taxes MORE (R-La.), who was shot earlier this year at a congressional baseball practice, told Rhodes he should reconsider his rhetoric.  

Ryan's spokeswoman AshLee Strong called the tweet "irresponsible and dangerous."  

Conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt also ripped into Rhodes, saying the tweet was "so far over the decency line."