GOP Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) on Wednesday fired back at President Trump for falsely claiming he was “applauded” by Republicans for attacking GOP Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) during a closed-door meeting on immigration Tuesday night.
The president tweeted Wednesday afternoon that House Republicans “applauded and laughed loudly” when he called Sanford a “nasty guy.”
Had a great meeting with the House GOP last night at the Capitol. They applauded and laughed loudly when I mentioned my experience with Mark Sanford. I have never been a fan of his!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2018
“House Republicans had front row seats to @POTUS’s dazzling display of pettiness and insecurity. Nobody applauded or laughed. People were disgusted,” Amash tweeted in response.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) June 20, 2018
Trump reportedly asked lawmakers if Sanford was in attendance at the meeting before taking a jab at him.
The president’s remarks were met with boos and grumbles, according to multiple sources in the room.
Amash called the remarks a “classless cheap shot.”
This was a classless cheap shot. https://t.co/uatCw7qwGV
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) June 19, 2018
“I was very upset. It was very unnecessary and as far as I’m concerned, it was very rude,” Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) said. “To make light of Mark Sanford is very unacceptable.”
During an appearance on CNN shortly after Trump tweeted, Sanford said he thought that Trump’s comments about him were meant to caution other GOP lawmakers against opposing the president.
“I think part of what the president did yesterday was to send a very chilling message to my colleagues on, ‘hey, if you speak up against me, there will be consequences,’ ” Sanford said. “And I think that’s the last thing we need in our system.”
Sanford said he’d heard an outpouring of “awfully kind things” from fellow lawmakers.