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

Former Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryThe Memo: Trump's troubles deepen as voters see country on wrong path The continuous whipsawing of climate change policy Budowsky: United Democrats and Biden's New Deal MORE said Rep. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieHouse holds first-ever proxy votes during pandemic House GOP lawmaker breaks with party to back proxy voting House adopts historic rules changes to allow remote voting 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 John TrumpTwitter CEO: 'Not true' that removing Trump campaign video was illegal, as president has claimed Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Barr says he didn't give 'tactical' command to clear Lafayette protesters 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) KingOn The Money: 3 million more Americans file for unemployment benefits | Sanders calls for Senate to 'improve' House Democrats' coronavirus bill | Less than 40 percent of small businesses have received emergency coronavirus loans GOP Rep. Pete King to buck party, vote for Democrats' coronavirus relief bill Bipartisan lawmakers call for Postal Service relief MORE (R-N.Y.) tweeted early Friday morning. 

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Rep. Jimmy GomezJimmy GomezHouse Democrat reintroduces bill to reduce lobbyist influence John Kerry: GOP lawmaker against coronavirus package 'tested positive for being an ---hole' Lawmakers highlight flights back to DC for huge coronavirus vote 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.