A liberal journalist went on a Twitter tirade late Friday over the Republican plan to replace Obamacare, calling for family members of Republicans who voted for the bill in the House to die.
Kurt Eichenwald, a senior writer for Newsweek, decried the American Health Care Act in a Twitter rant on Friday. He said he hopes that every Republican congressman who voted for "Trumpcare" has a family member get a "long term condition," then lose their health insurance and die.
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Eichenwald added that he wants Republicans who voted for the bill to feel its alleged effects in their own families:
Nobody tell me how to feel knowing if I lose my insurance, Im dead. I want the GOPrs who support this to feel the pain in their own families— Kurt Eichenwald (@Kurt Eichenwald) 1494042645.0
When challenged why he was wishing ill upon the families of Republicans, Eichenwald doubled down. He told a Twitter user that he wants GOP congressman to be "tortured" because they only gain empathy when something bad happens to them.
"Because I want them to be tortured. GOPrs only gain empathy when they are touched by the consequences, never before," Eichenwald wrote.
@RealMessiah29 because I want them to be tortured. GOPrs only gain empathy when they are touched by the consequences, never before— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) May 6, 2017
Eichenwald added in reply to another user: "I wish it on the ppl who chose it for me. Why should they not feel the consequences of their inhumanity?"
Eichenwald later explained that part of his rage stemmed from Republican congressmen allegedly celebrating the passage of the Obamacare repeal bill.
"They want to drink beer celebrating killing people? Then it should be their loved ones who die," he tweeted.
@Stan_Kansas sorry. They want to drink beer celebrating killing people? Then it should be their loved ones who die.— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) May 6, 2017
However, the allegations that GOP congressman celebrated the bill's passing with beer isn't true at all, despite claims by politicians, media members and celebrities.
Still, in a long, 482-word statement to the Daily Caller, Eichenwald expressed his outrage with Republicans, who he said need to feel the effects of the AHCA.
The only way people incapable of empathy will understand reality is when they face it. So yes, to save millions, I think the people who inflicted these consequences on strangers should see the consequences up close and personal.
The goprs in congress didn’t just send out a tweet wishing for me to face my own death. They actually voted to do it. If people don’t give a damn about the consequences of what they do, they should face those consequences. They shouldn’t all be inflicted on strangers.
I want them to feel what millions of us are feeling tonight – fear, desperation, a knowledge that any moment could start the countdown to our deaths.
To be noted, Eichenwald later deleted his original tweet calling for Republican family members to die. He rewrote his tweet with the same message using softer language.
"Millions like me tonight dont know if GOP "health" bill will pass & kill them. I hope those who vote for it someday face same anguish we do," he wrote.
Millions like me tonight dont know if GOP "health" bill will pass & kill them. I hope those who vote for it someday face same anguish we do.— Kurt Eichenwald (@Kurt Eichenwald) 1494056558.0
The health care bill passed by the House on Thursday is not yet law. The Senate hasn't yet heard the bill, and they are expected to pass their own version of the bill, complicating the law making process.