Trump Jr. to Dem Senator: 'You admitted to hitting your wife so hard it gave her a black eye!'

Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpHouse chairman: Trump lawyers may have given false info about Cohen payments Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump dismisses Ann Coulter after criticism: 'I hardly know her' MORE mocked Democratic Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperDems slam EPA plan for fighting drinking water contaminants EPA to announce PFAS chemical regulation plans by end of year Overnight Energy: Zinke joins Trump-tied lobbying firm | Senators highlight threat from invasive species | Top Republican calls for Green New Deal vote in House MORE (D-Del.) on Friday over a decades-old admission of domestic violence after the senator criticized a member of the White House staff.

In a tweet, the president's son brought up Carper's 1998 admission that he once slapped his wife, leaving her with "some discoloration of her left eye," according to a deposition reported by the conservative The Washington Free Beacon. The incident was reported in a 1982 New York Post article that claimed his wife's two children from a previous relationship "were slapped around and bruised by Carper for doing such things as leaving the family dog on the bed."

Carper said late last year that he never lied about the incident in his 1982 bid for the House, but he did admit to slapping his wife.

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"You admitted to hitting your wife so hard it gave her a black eye!" Trump Jr. wrote.

"Maybe you shouldn’t be so worried about someone mistakenly putting #maga in a tweet??? Seems you have other serious issues to work out," he added of the nearly four-decades-old incident, for which Carper has apologized.

Carper has repeatedly apologized for the incident, including in December after a Free Beacon report accused him of lying about the incident during his 1982 bid for the House.

"I have made many mistakes in my life and have always been willing to admit them. One of those mistakes took place 37 years ago when I slapped my then-wife, Diane, during a heated argument," Carper said last year.

"It was wrong. I regretted it then, and I still do today," he added.

Trump Jr.'s tweet came in response to Carper's criticism on Thursday of first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration Trump dismisses Ann Coulter after criticism: 'I hardly know her' The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight MORE's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham. In a letter sent to Carper, the Office of the Special Counsel (OSC) warned Grisham for a tweet found to be in violation the Hatch Act.

The Hatch Act prohibits government employees from using their official capacities to endorse or campaign for a candidate seeking office. Several members of the administration, including White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayWhite House seeks to clarify Trump remarks on emergency Trump says he 'didn't need to' declare emergency but wanted 'faster' action Trump dismisses Ann Coulter after criticism: 'I hardly know her' MORE and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyUnited Methodist churches may cut ties with denomination over push to allow LGBT ministers Nikki Haley: ‘I’m too young to stop fighting’ Is a presidential appointment worth the risk? MORE, have been cited for past violations.

"Two months after my inquiry, the @US_OSC has confirmed that yet another Trump White House staffer has violated the Hatch Act. This administration's blatant and repeated disregard for the law is astounding and unacceptable," Carper tweeted Thursday. Carper's office had raised the allegations with the special counsel.

"At the very least, we should be able to trust that those who serve in the highest positions in our government will follow the law. Instead, this administration seems to promote a culture where showing that basic level of respect for the American taxpayer is optional," he added.