President Donald Trump trolled newly elected Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez on Twitter Saturday after his election, saying Republicans are happy he was selected to be the new DNC leader.
Trump implied Republicans are happy with the decision because it would mean more elections — like in 2010, 2014 and 2016 — where the GOP would continue destroying Democrats in local, state and federal races.
But Perez, who served as labor secretary under former President Barack Obama, decided to fire back at Trump, telling the president that he shouldn't get "too happy" because he, newly elected deputy chairman Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and "Democrats united across the country" will become his "worst nightmare."
Call me Tom. And don't get too happy. @keithellison and I, and Democrats united across the country, will be your wo… https://t.co/ZjlUGRbM6x— Tom Perez (@Tom Perez)1488062965.0
And while Perez probably thought he tweeted a snarky comeback, Democrats thought otherwise.
Liberals who replied to Perez's tweet took issue with his statement that Democrats are "united." Many, in fact, believe the Democratic Party is currently deeply divided — and it showed during Saturday's chairman vote.
Perez, thought to be a moderate who represents the politics of Obama and Hillary Clinton, narrowly defeated Ellison, who represents the extremely liberal-wing of the DNC, on a second ballot. The election, and the run-up to Perez winning, proved Democrats are far from united.
And Democrats were quick to inform Perez of that fact on Twitter Saturday:
@gohomeben @TomPerez @keithellison Yes, I'm sure Trump is shook by the "corporate cash first, working class last" strategy again.— Rain Duran (@Rain Duran)1488068682.0
@TomPerez @keithellison I'm done with democrats. Y'all can keep your corrupt party.— ₆ray⁶mond₆ (@₆ray⁶mond₆)1488063215.0
thats it im soooo done with these democrats i don't even care if Trump wins again in 2020 im out.. #DNCChair… https://t.co/2Nnet87VL6— Che Sankara (@Che Sankara)1488065797.0
@JasonOverstreet @TomPerez @keithellison Nah. Dems lost millions more today. Nothing to celebrate.— Green Party 2020 (@Green Party 2020)1488067038.0
@45Resistance @TomPerez @keithellison there's no unity— BernieCouldveSavedUs🔥 (@BernieCouldveSavedUs🔥)1488063784.0
@TomPerez @keithellison @DNC just sent a big FU 2 Independents (who # more than registered Dems) & progressives, confirming our #DemExited— Celeste GENERALSTRIKE Holms🌹 (@Celeste GENERALSTRIKE Holms🌹)1488064293.0
@TomPerez @keithellison No Tom you guys completely blew it. No progressive want unity with you after this #demexit https://t.co/zrxCLFewOq— Leftward Swing - Green Party voter🌹🌻 (@Leftward Swing - Green Party voter🌹🌻)1488064267.0