DENVER – U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman was back on Twitter over the July 4 weekend imploring President Donald Trump to stop his controversial and often petty Twitter usage.
“Exactly what I meant when I said, #StopTheTwitterTantrums,” Coffman, a Colorado Republican, tweeted Sunday in response to the president’s latest controversial statement: A gif of the president and showbiz entertainer slamming “CNN,” or rather a person with a CNN graphic overlayed on their head, to the ground at a WWE wrestling match.
— Rep. Mike Coffman (@RepMikeCoffman) July 2, 2017
The tweet originated on a Reddit board used by proponents of the president, coming from a user with a history of racist posts. It also doesn't show what happened to Trump in the WWE match afterward: "Stone Cold" Steve Austin delivered his signature move to Trump, the "Stone Cold Stunner."
It was the second time Coffman used the hashtag #StopTheTwitterTantrums in four days in response to one of the president’s tweets.
Last Thursday, after President Trump took to Twitter to again disparage “Morning Joe” hostess Mika Brzezinski (“low I.Q.”) and host Joe Scarborough (“Psycho Joe”) as part of his ongoing feud with the show, which had long been one of his favorites.
Trump also said Brzezinski was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” when he saw the couple on New Year’s Eve.
Trump’s tweets were panned across the political and social spectrum, including by Coffman.
“The President’s tweets are beneath the dignity of his office. It needs to stop. #StopTheTwitterTantrums,” Coffman tweeted.
The President’s tweets are beneath the dignity of his office. It needs to stop. #StopTheTwitterTantrums
— Rep. Mike Coffman (@RepMikeCoffman) June 29, 2017
And Coffman appears to have popularized the hashtag, which has been used more than 100 times on Twitter since he first used it on June 29.
It had only been used on Twitter three times before Coffman’s tweet—all by various people in response to a Trump tweet.
Coffman has been one of Colorado’s only Republican members of Congress to take a stand against a major Trump initiative, when he voted against the American Health Care Act, the House Republicans’ version of the effort to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act.
He also voted against the repeal of an FCC rule that kept internet service providers from sharing user data and selling it to other companies.
But aside from that, according to FiveThirtyEight’s “Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump” tracker, Coffman has supported every other major policy measure supported by the president, agreeing with the president’s position 94.6 percent of the time.
Though many Republicans have voiced their opinion that Trump’s tweets are below the office of the President, Democrats and some newspaper op-ed pages have scoffed at those statements, saying Republicans should instead stand up to Trump on policy measures instead of just his tweets.
The Denver Post had a new editorial out Monday as well regarding Trump's tweets: “Instead of wrestling CNN, Trump should have gone to Comic Con”.