The president does not take to criticism well. If you’re a prominent political official and you express even the slightest hint of distaste with either the president himself or any one of his allies, it’s only a matter of time before your name pops up on the president’s Twitter feed with a derogatory nickname tacked to the front of it.
One individual to have so irked the president in recent days is Democratic Senator Jon Tester from Montana. As ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, he was one of the driving forces behind recent allegations against Dr. Ronny Jackson that ended with him withdrawing his name from consideration to be the next VA secretary.
Those allegations included stories of incessant drunkenness on the job and a concerning pattern of dispensing pills. Although Jackson disputed the allegations, he still withdrew his name from consideration anyway.
Late this week, the Secret Service issued a statement defending Jackson against one of the charges against him. Specifically, Jackson was alleged to have gotten drunk and banged on the door of a staffer’s hotel room to the point of necessitating Secret Service intervention in order to keep him from waking then-President Barack Obama.
The Secret Service claims, as ABC reports, that they have no record of that incident and could find nothing to back up the story.
In response, the president rushed to call on Senator Tester to resign, writing on Twitter Saturday morning in part as follows:
‘Allegations made by Senator Jon Tester against Admiral/Doctor Ron Jackson are proving false… Tester should resign. The great people of Montana will not stand for this kind of slander when talking of a great human being.’
Trump has no apparent proof that Tester organized some kind of conspiracy against Jackson, and yet even still, he’s calling for him to resign anyway.
He’s no doubt feeling the pressure of the possibility that his party loses control of one or both houses of Congress later this year.