Donald Trump Jr. called Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana a “piece of garbage” at a campaign rally Friday night amid renewed calls to tone down political rhetoric following a rash of mail bombs targeting President Donald Trump’s critics.
Trump Jr. attacked Tester for challenging the nomination of Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson to become the secretary of Veterans Affairs earlier this year; the president’s son didn’t explain why that would be an important issue to Montana voters.
Jackson, Trump’s former White House physician who notably gushed about the president’s excellent health after a checkup early this year, was accused anonymously by a group of current and former White House medical staff of creating a hostile work environment. The allegations included drinking on the job and improperly dispensing medication to White House staffers.
Tester, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, led the opposition against Jackson, though there were bipartisan concerns about Jackson. Even Vice President Mike Pence’s doctor raised alarms about Jackson’s behavior, CNN reported at the time.