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Five Republicans Who Didn't Let a Fatal Accident Spoil a Good Hashtag

A train wreck in New York killed four people, but these politicians kept on tweeting

John Boehner
Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call
December 3, 2013 1:55 PM ET

On Sunday, December 1st, a terrifying train wreck in the Bronx killed four passengers and injured dozens of others.

Traditionally, in times of national tragedy or natural disaster, politicians are civil enough to curb their overheated rhetoric and tortured metaphors. Not so the five Republican politicians below – including House Speaker John Boehner and 2016 contender Sen. John Thune of South Dakota – who took little notice of the death and destruction caused by the Metro-North derailment in New York and persisted in utilizing the obnoxious hashtag #trainwreck in their criticism of the president's signature healthcare initiative.

1. Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp


2. Tennessee Rep. Stephen Fincher


3. Wyoming Rep. Cynthia Lummis


4. Speaker of the House John Boehner


5. South Dakota Sen. John Thune


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