Plenty of tweets have come back to haunt elected Republicans. Donald Trump in particular has directly contradicted scores of previous tweets condemning various individuals for behavior he went on to emulate, or even surpass in severity.
An old tweet by Paul Ryan is circulating the web today, and it has not aged well. “Individuals who are ‘extremely careless’ with classified information,” Ryan wrote, “should be denied further access to such info.”
Individuals who are "extremely careless" with classified information should be denied further access to such info. pic.twitter.com/0C76Ae95LD
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 7, 2016
The tweet, of course, was directed at Hillary Clinton over her supposed email scandal, which ultimately turned out to have virtually no negative impact on national security. Fast-forward to today, and Ryan is now tangling with the fallout of Trump’s extraordinary divulgence of classified information to visiting Russian officials.
Some Republicans have expressed dismay at the situation, including John McCain.:
McCain: Time Trump spent sharing sensitive info w/ Russians was time not spent focusing on Russia's elex interference, aggressive behavior. pic.twitter.com/XM6EQeuPjE
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) May 16, 2017
Whether or not the GOP leadership will snap out of it and tackle this internal threat to US security – i.e. Trump – remains to be seen.