John Kerry: GOP lawmaker against coronavirus package 'tested positive for being an ---hole'

Former Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryBiden's second-ranking climate diplomat stepping down A presidential candidate pledge can right the wrongs of an infamous day Equilibrium/Sustainability — Dam failures cap a year of disasters MORE said Rep. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieOvernight Health Care — Another Texas abortion setback Reps. Massie, Grijalva test positive for COVID-19 GOP Reps. Greene, Clyde accrue nearly 0K in combined mask fines MORE (R-Ky.) “tested positive for being an asshole” after he opposed the Senate-passed coronavirus stimulus bill and threatened to call for a roll call vote on it in the House. 

"Breaking news: Congressman Massie has tested positive for being an asshole. 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!)," Kerry, who represented Massachusetts in the Senate, said in a tweet on Friday.

Kerry’s comments were in response to a tweet from President TrumpDonald TrumpJudge rules Alaska governor unlawfully fired lawyer who criticized Trump Giuliani led fake electors plot: CNN Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case MORE, who criticized Massie for stalling the bill, calling him a "third rate Grandstander."

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Trump, who also called for Massie to be thrown out of the Republican Party, later shared Kerry's tweet, saying he was "very impressed" by the former secretary of State's "sense of humor."

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House leaders hoped to pass the bill unanimously in a voice vote on Friday, but Massie's threat to force a roll call forced lawmakers into returning to Washington. 

Massie, a libertarian-minded congressman, was also attacked by fellow lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.  

“Heading to Washington to vote on pandemic legislation. Because of one Member of Congress refusing to allow emergency action entire Congress must be called back to vote in House. Risk of infection and risk of legislation being delayed. Disgraceful. Irresponsible,” Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) KingBiden pays homage to Obama by rocking tan suit during birthday week Newsmax anchor Greg Kelly to host New York radio show Top GOP lawmakers call for Swalwell to be removed from Intelligence Committee MORE (R-N.Y.) tweeted early Friday morning. 

Rep. Jimmy GomezJimmy GomezSixteen Hispanic House Democrats ask EPA for tougher methane rule Pressley offering measure condemning Boebert Democrats livid over GOP's COVID-19 attacks on Biden MORE (D-Calif.) echoed King’s frustrations, noting a sizable number of members could not make it after being impacted by the virus. 

"Flying back to DC to vote for the stimulus bill. It could pass on a voice vote but some members want to make a statement by potentially asking for an in-person vote. Not all my colleagues can go back for health reasons. So, I’m doing it for them & for my constituents,” he tweeted.

Updated: 12:25 p.m.