Sen. John Thune (R-SD) congratulated Simone Biles, of Houston, for her Olympic gold medal for gymnastics -- and then tried to shoehorn an anti-tax political message into his Twitter post.
.@Simone_Biles Congrats! My bill would eliminate the taxes you’ll owe on your winnings when you get home. #taxrelief https://t.co/wc7FJgzN8A— Senator John Thune (@Senator John Thune) 1470967468.0
Other social media users called out the South Dakota Republican for trying to politicize the 19-year-old's victory.
@SenJohnThune @Simone_Biles I've never felt like someone's given me a toothbrush on Halloween more, not even when it's actually happened.— Jackie (@Jackie) 1470973324.0
@SenJohnThune Dear Lord, just say congrats and then shut the eff up.— Chris Swartout (@Chris Swartout) 1470968635.0
@SenJohnThune Sitting US Senator tries his hand at mansplaining. Goes poorly.— Chris Swartout (@Chris Swartout) 1470970585.0
@SenJohnThune @Simone_Biles This is not about you, dude.— Allison 😷😷 (@Allison 😷😷) 1470970668.0
Some users attacked Thune's politics and urged him to focus on more important business, such as funding a bill to fight the spread of the Zika virus and holding hearings on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.
@SenJohnThune @Simone_Biles "Another bill I support would give the government control over your body"— Matt Conroy (@Matt Conroy) 1470969500.0
@SenJohnThune @woodruffbets @Simone_Biles Go back to work and advance a clean Zika bill you loon.— Gregory (@Gregory) 1470967651.0
@SenJohnThune @Simone_Biles tell her how your party has been working hard for the last 25 years to make sure her whole family can't vote— Karl (@Karl) 1470971847.0