With President Donald Trump’s Twitter activity getting a whole lot of attention lately and causing the White House and GOP headaches along the way, one of the president’s most loyal supporters in Congress appeared on MSNBC this afternoon to defend the president.
Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) told MTP Daily host Chuck Todd that Trump’s base loves the president’s tweeting habits because it is “honest and unflitered” and since they enjoy it, “you might as well enjoy it.” Todd explained that recent polling data indicates that a large portion of Trump voters actually would like for Trump to stop using Twitter. He then brought up the president’s recent tweets about Qatar, which earlier today caused Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) to be stunned into silence.
According to Collins, while he didn’t necessarily disagree with Todd’s concern that comments like those on Twitter could be irresponsible, he felt that it wasn’t policy and that you have to appreciate the “nuances.”
“His words matter whether he says them from the Oval Office or whether he is tweeting them,” Todd exclaimed. “Are you saying they shouldn’t matter the same?”
“Yeah, I’m saying they should not matter the same,” Collins responded. He added that Trump the human being tweeting from the “top of his mind” is different than the one that gets filtered and nuanced by attorneys “six ways to Sunday.”
Meanwhile, earlier today, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed that anything tweeted by Trump serves as an “official statement by the president.”
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.
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