It will take the votes of 17 Republican senators to convict Trump at his impeachment trial.

So I was curious — how many sitting Republican senators has Trump attacked or insulted on Twitter?

(Thread, now-deleted tweets saved here: )
1. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) ("couldn't get it done," "NO FIGHT")
2. John Thune (R-SD): "Mitch's boy," "weakness," "political career over!!!"
3. Susan Collins (R-ME): "Didn't support Healthcare," "Not worth the work!"
4. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK): Promises to campaign against her in 2022, "voted against HealthCare, Justice Kavanaugh, and much else..."
5. Rand Paul (R-KY): "Truly weird," "reminds me of a spoiled brat without a properly functioning brain"
6. Ben Sasse (R-NE): "RINO," "The least effective of our 53 Republican Senators," "a person who truly doesn't have what it takes to be great," "Little Ben Sasse"
7. Pat Toomey (R-PA): "no friend of mine," "RINO," "Pat 'No Tariffs' Toomey"
8. Mitt Romney (R-UT): "a pompous 'ass,'" "a mixed up man who doesn't have a clue," "one of the dumbest and worst candidates in the history of Republican candidates," "a fool"
9. Marco Rubio (R-FL): "lightweight choker," "not as smart as Cruz," "may be an even bigger liar," "looks like a little boy on stage," "too ambitious and very disloyal to Jeb"
10. Ted Cruz (R-TX): "Lyin' Ted," "wacko," "a nasty guy," "loser," "a true lowlife," "I will spill the beans on your wife"
11. Richard Burr (R-NC): (Several RTs criticizing Burr for subpoenaing Don Jr.)
12. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): "Nasty, angry, jealous failure," "Publicity seeking," "embarrassed himself"

(Also gave out his cell phone number)

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Because of this shared factual understanding that Trump's case is BS
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