Former President Donald Trump tore retiring Ohio Congressman Anthony Gonzalez a new one after announcing he would not be seeking reelection come 2022.
The reason for the hostilities between the two stems from the fact that Gonzalez, a Republican, joined Democrats in voting to impeach Trump after the riot at the Capitol building back in January.
When discussing some of the details of why he wasn’t running for reelection, Gonzales pointed toward “the chaotic political environment that currently infects our country.”
“While my desire to build a fuller family life is at the heart of my decision, it is also true that the current state of our politics, especially many of the toxic dynamics inside our own party, is a significant factor in my decisions,” the Ohio Republican went on to say in a statement released Thursday.
Then Trump hit back with a statement of his own on Friday.
“RINO (Republican in Name Only) Congressman Anthony Gonzalez, who has poorly represented his district in the Great State of Ohio, has decided to quit after enduring a tremendous loss of popularity, of which he had little, since his ill-informed and otherwise very stupid impeachment vote against the sitting president of the United States, me,” Trump wrote with pure disdain.
“This is no loss for Ohio or our country and, most importantly, we have a great candidate who was substantially leading Gonzalez in the polls, Max Miller, who I have given my complete and total endorsement. Max is a tremendous person who will represent Ohio well. Good riddance to Anthony, he can now get himself a job at ratings-dead CNN or MSDNC!” Trump concluded.
During an interview with The New York Times Gonzalez referred to the former president as a “cancer for the country.”