California Congressman and Trump antagonist Adam Schiff was told to "shut up" by a spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who recently won another five-year term as president with 53% of the vote in Sunday's election.
Schiff tweeted that Erdogan only "won" reelection by "decimating the opposition through arrests, violence and squashing freedom of the press" adding that Sunday's election is the latest reminder that "Turkey's descent into autocracy is another reminder that democracy is under assault worldwide."
He ended his tweet with a sarcastic "DO NOT CONGRATULATE" - a reference to a note that President Trump's advisors had handed him before a conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Erdogan “won” reelection in Turkey this weekend only by decimating the opposition through arrests, violence and squashing freedom of the press.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) June 26, 2018
Turkey's descent into autocracy is another reminder that democracy is under assault worldwide.
DO NOT CONGRATULATE.
In response, Ibrahim Kalin, an advisor and spokesman for Erdogan, told Schiff that the "Turkish people have spoken" and that "you need to shut up."
Schiff is notorious for his opposition to President Trump as the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee. Back in April, he published a dissenting report disagreeing with the majority opinion following the committee's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 race.
Erdogan, who assumed more power over Turkey's daily affairs following last year's Constitutional vote, when Turkey switched to a presidential system, will now serve another five years in power. And he'll start that term with his AK party and its allies holding a parliamentary majority. Erdogan's victory will allow him to institute constitutional reforms. He also has the power to pass laws by decree, pick cabinet ministers and declare states of emergency.