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

Donald Trump Jr.Don John TrumpPresident says Trump Jr. doing 'very well' after COVID-19 diagnosis Trump has not prepared a concession speech: report Trump's company paid at least .5M by federal government: report MORE mocked Democratic Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee | Forest Service finalizes rule weakening environmental review of its projects | Biden to enlist Agriculture, Transportation agencies in climate fight Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee Senate majority battle snags Biden Cabinet hopefuls 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 TrumpPresident says Trump Jr. doing 'very well' after COVID-19 diagnosis Trumps to spend Thanksgiving at White House instead of traveling to Florida Chelsea Clinton blames Trump for Secret Service officers in quarantine 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 ConwayWomen set to take key roles in Biden administration Lara Trump mulling 2022 Senate run in North Carolina: report Press: Where is Jim Baker when we need him? MORE and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyNew administration, House turnover raise prospects for more diversity on K Street Republicans need a good woman for 2024 Trump told advisers he could announce 2024 bid shortly after certification of Biden win: report 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.