Now Thomas Massie beats Donald Trump in becoming the most hated Republican congressman after his objection to the biggest-ever relief fund of history planned to be sanctioned to tackle the Coronavirus Pandemic.
The Republican congressman of Kentucky constituency was opposing the decision to pass the ‘$2 trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill without formal voting on the house. As soon as he declared his objection, he had become the most hated congressman on the house beating Donald Trump.
He demanded the formal vote for the bill last Friday building the ire of almost all the congressmen of the house unanimously. President Donald Trump went ahead to trash Thomas Massie on twitter lashing out his disappointment and calling him a ‘Third Rate Grandstander’,
…& costly. Workers & small businesses need money now in order to survive. Virus wasn’t their fault. It is “HELL” dealing with the Dems, had to give up some stupid things in order to get the “big picture” done. 90% GREAT! WIN BACK HOUSE, but throw Massie out of Republican Party!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2020
But, the congressman defended his action in an interview with Fox News justifying that his moves are intended to protect the constitution and its guidelines.
He said, “I was just standing up for the Constitution, and I did it in a professional manner that did not delay the bill,” Massie said in a phone interview, adding, “This is the biggest transfer of wealth in human history.”
“Congress should show up to work if they’re telling truckers and grocery store baggers to show up to work. A congressman making $174,000 with health benefits should sure as hell show up,” Massie said.
“I was proffered several things in exchange for withdrawing my objection to the passage of this bill… I was also threatened,” he told Fox News.
“I feel like an endorsement was proffered and a committee assignment was proffered,” Massie said.
“Out of respect for the president, I’m going to keep that conversation private,” Massie said.
Undeterred by the threats and offers, Massie went to the floor of the House later that day and explained: “I came here to make sure our republic doesn’t die by unanimous consent in an empty chamber, and I request a recorded vote.”