Democrats Outraged as Grassley Calls Obama ‘Stupid’

Monday, 09 Apr 2012 04:03 PM

By Martin Gould

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Democrats have hit back at veteran GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley for calling President Barack Obama “stupid” in a weekend Twitter message.

“Ive know @ChuckGrassley a long time. I am saddened he would embarrass himself like today with his comments about the President,”  Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, tweeted. Meanwhile White House senior adviser David Axelrod said, “Heads up, Sen. Grassley. I think a 6-year-old hijacked your account and is sending out foolish Tweets just to embarrass you!” ABC News reported.

But the senior senator from Iowa was unrepentant. “In his Tweet on Saturday, Sen. Grassley said that it doesn’t speak well of any constitutional law professor to not understand Marbury v Madison, and that the people understand the independence of the judiciary,” said a spokesman.

Grassley sent out two messages about the president on Saturday over the 140-characters-or-less social media. The first said, “Constituents askd why i am not outraged at PresO attack on supreme court independence. Bcause Am ppl r not stupid as this x prof of con law.”

Then he attacked Obama’s policy on Syria. “Possibility of peace and freedom for Syria gets more remote as PresO plays along w the farce of Kofi Annans negotiatios there Barack wakeup.”

Grassley, 78, has occasionally struggled with the challenges of Twitter. Shortly before sending out the first Obama message, he tweeted the single letter “P.”

The Iowa State Daily even compiles a list of what it calls “Chuck Grassley's struggles with Twitter.” Last month he referred to a Fox News interview he had with “greta van sunshine,” and in an apparent reference to his campaign to have the Supreme Court sessions televised he tweeted, “Need 2 pass my cameras in courts leg.”

He frequently uses Twitter to rail against what he sees as a lack of anything historical on the History Channel. On Feb. 19 he tweeted, “Just turned to history channel. No history. I used to get history. Why do we h v such a channel when it doesnt do history.”

And when asked how presidential candidate Mitt Romney could relate to the average American, Grassley said on Feb. 4 that his only advice would be "just lv starch out of shirt"




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