With the economy in dire straits and unemployment at near unprecedented levels, Americans have been seeing plenty of Steve Mnuchin lately. The billionaire former investment banker can often seem out of touch, like in March when he said that $1200 should last a family 10 weeks.
And Mnuchin’s actions have certainly led to lots of criticism on Twitter. These are generally the kind of critiques that people holding public office ignore. Not Mnuchin, though, as he has engaged in a feud with Guns ‘n Roses front-man Axl Rose.
The rock and roll legend took to Twitter on Wednesday to write, “It’s official! Whatever anyone may have previously thought of Steve Mnuchin he’s officially an a*shole.”
Amazingly enough, the Treasury Secretary did not take the insult laying down. He replied to Rose, “What have you done for the country lately?”
What have you done for the country lately? 🇺🇸
— Steven Mnuchin (@stevenmnuchin1) May 7, 2020
Initially, Mnuchin followed his message with the Liberian flag. He had to go back and amend the message to include the American flag.
Rose has frequently been critical of the Trump administration. In November of 2018, he blasted Trump for using his bands music without authorization.
“Just so ya know… GNR like a lot of artists opposed to the unauthorized use of their music at political events has formally requested r music not b used at Trump rallies or Trump associated events,” he tweeted. “Unfortunately the Trump campaign is using loopholes in the various venues’ blanket performance licenses which were not intended for such craven political purposes, without the songwriters’ consent. Can u say “sh*tbags?!”
Unfortunately the Trump campaign is using loopholes in the various venues’ blanket performance licenses which were not intended for such craven political purposes, without the songwriters’ consent.
Can u say “shitbags?!”💩
— Axl Rose (@axlrose) November 4, 2018
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.