PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania state senator has used a profanity-laced tweet to defend a fellow state lawmaker in Texas after President Donald Trump joked about destroying the unnamed lawmaker's career.
Trump told a Texas sheriff during a meeting at the White House on Tuesday that they could "destroy" the career of a lawmaker who's trying to reform asset-forfeiture laws that critics say police abuse as a funding source.
Democratic Pennsylvania Sen. Daylin Leach tweeted in response that he too opposes civil asset forfeiture and invited the Republican president to destroy his career. He called Trump "loofa-faced" and used a profanity in comparing Trump's appearance to a gibbon.
Leach's post went viral and has been retweeted more than 13,000 times.
He tells the Philadelphia Inquirer the reaction "is beyond anything" he could've imagined.