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Trump Critics Push #unfollowTrump Movement After Senator Unfollows Trump
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Trump Critics Push #unfollowTrump Movement After Senator Unfollows Trump

The hashtag began circulating on social media after Murphy appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to explain his decision to unfollow the president’s @realDonaldTrump account.

“Yesterday morning, I just decided I had had enough of starting my days with this kind of racist, hateful, demeaning negativity,” Murphy explained. “Obviously I’m in this business and I’m in the United States Senate to try and stop his hateful agenda from moving into law.”

The senator said that he gets “trapped” in a cycle of feeling like he needs to immediately respond to the president’s tweets.

Social media users began to follow Murphy’s lead, using the hashtag #unfollowTrump to announce that they would stop subscribing to his feed.

Soap opera star Morgan Fairchild pointed out that if every person who does not support the president stops following him, his massive 62.4 million following would take a hit.

Murphy on Sunday said he would no longer be one of the president’s followers because it “regularly ruins my day to read it.”

“So I’m just going to stop. I can’t believe I just typed that,” he added.

The decision was prompted by Trump’s weekend attack on Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsSharpton: Trump has 'particular venom' for blacks, people of color Trump says Sanders should be labeled a racist for remarks on Baltimore Trump starts another day with Cummings attack: '25 years of all talk, no action!' MORE (D-Md.) and the city of Baltimore.

The president went after the African American lawmaker, who is the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, calling the longtime congressman a “brutal bully” after Cummings criticized the White House’s immigration policy.

“His district is considered the Worst in the USA as proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded,” Trump continued. “Cumming District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place.”

Trump asserted that Cummings’s district, which includes downtown Baltimore, was the "worst run" in the U.S., claiming that the Maryland city was "corrupt" and that "no human being would want to live there."

Democrats attacked the tweets as being "racist," which President Trump has denied. 

"There is nothing racist in stating plainly what most people already know, that Elijah Cummings has done a terrible job for the people of his district, and of Baltimore itself. Dems always play the race card when they are unable to win with facts. Shame!" Trump tweeted Sunday.

The attacks on Cummings came shortly after Trump faced backlash for his comments about four progressive congresswomen of color, telling them to "go back" to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”