And now there’s an easy way to track who’s said what — on Twitter, at least. Twitter user @vidiot_ has created a shareable Google spreadsheet to track tweeted reactions (or lack thereof) from all 536 members of Congress, along with the basic details of their party and state/district affiliations.
I couldn't find a compilation of all Congressional Twitter reax to Comey's firing, so I visited all 536 & made one: https://t.co/hUGRkVEZIt— Sam (@vidiot_) May 10, 2017
The result of having the Twitter reactions in a single location is that it’s easy to see a sharp contrast, not only in volume of responses but tone, between Democrats and the Republicans. Democrats have been quick to unite in criticizing Trump over the decision, arguing that firing Comey during his serious pursuit of Trump’s connections to Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign is tantamount to a “constitutional crisis.” On Twitter, they have been markedly vocal in their criticism and adamant that the move illustrates the need for an independent investigation of Trump.
The Pres’ actions raise serious concerns—esp if they're intended to dissuade investigators frm digging too deep into Trump, his Admin&assoc. https://t.co/2XWNCWzCmX— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) May 10, 2017
Republicans have been divided, with some voicing guarded skepticism over the president’s timing in firing Comey. On Twitter, the majority of Republican members of Congress have been silent. Those who have spoken out have typically been tentatively supportive or hesitantly critical.
Sen Young:"I'm working to learn the facts behind (the) decision but I hope new leadership @ the FBI will help restore Americans' confidence"— Dan Spehler (@DanSpehler) May 9, 2017
I've spent the last several hours trying to find an acceptable rationale for the timing of Comey's firing. I just can't do it.— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) May 10, 2017
The spreadsheet currently only tracks tweeted reactions, not other forms of response. Still, for those playing along at home, it’s a telling glimpse at what social media looks like for a divided Congress caught in a moment of chaotic uncertainty.