Longest-Serving Congressman to Trump: Delete Your Twitter Account

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Former Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) has no patience for presidential candidate Donald Trump’s Twitter posturing. In response to Trump’s tweet calling Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) a “dummy” who should be defeated in next year’s primary election, Dingell fired back with a simple response: “Delete your account.”

The initial confrontation was sparked by a New Yorker interview published Thursday in which the Arizona senator said Trump was firing up “the crazies” in the Republican Party with his inflammatory remarks on immigration. Never one to take an insult lying down, Trump took to Twitter to claim that McCain should be defeated by Arizona state Sen. Kelli Ward (R) in the 2016 primaries.

Although Trump is infamous for his Twitter beefs—which he’s started with everyone from Karl Rove to Cher—Rep. Dingell is also a prolific tweeter. The 89-year-old, who retired from the House earlier this year with the title of longest-serving member of Congress, frequently posts about baseball, political news, and his wife Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), who took over his seat representing Michigan’s 12th Congressional district in January 2015.

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.
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