In a Jan. 24 story, CBS News correspondent Nancy Cordes reported, "A Trump confidant tells CBS News that Republican senators have been warned: Vote against the president and your head will be on a pike.” But when Rep. Adam Schiff mentioned this in the Senate—despite correctly citing the source and saying he hoped it wasn’t true—Republican senators got a serious case of the vapors. Susan Collins shouted out, “That’s not true,” and Indiana Republican Mike Braun declared, "There’s never been arm-twisting.” The chest-beating and moaning continued into the night, with Fox News hosts making this statement the Designated Thing To Be Offended About for that day of the trial.
The idea that Trump would not take vengeance on any senator who didn’t vote his way was always ridiculous. Of course he would. Of course he will. Vengeance is Trump’s middle name. He just spells it funny.
But while Trump himself is having a moment of funk, or has smashed his phone, in the aftermath of Romney’s genuinely stirring speech, the man whose entire existence is a demonstration that there are worse Donald Trumps than Donald Trump jumped in to show exactly how accurate the “pike” statement was all along. Tweeting on Wednesday afternoon, Donald Trump Jr. proclaimed that Mitt Romney “should be expelled from the Senate GOP conference” and added the hashtag #expelMitt.
Fox News began promoting the tweet shortly after it appeared, and Trump supporters are working hard to get the tag trending (though, so far, unsuccessfully). Break out the pikes!
Why is Trump Jr. so mad at Romney? For doing what Junior could never do.