That time Jerry Moran complained a politician spent too much time on Twitter. (It wasn’t Trump.)

President-elect Donald Trump took time on Thursday morning to lash out at Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair, which posted a scathing review of the Trump Tower restaurant on Wednesday.

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Trump and Carter have a long history. Carter was a founder of the magazine Spy, which began describing Trump as a “short-fingered vulgarian” in 1988. Spy is long gone, but Trump continues to protest the epithet, as Carter wrote last year:

To this day, I receive the occasional envelope from Trump. There is always a photo of him — generally a tear sheet from a magazine. On all of them he has circled his hand in gold Sharpie in a valiant effort to highlight the length of his fingers. I almost feel sorry for the poor fellow because, to me, the fingers still look abnormally stubby.

Trump’s latest 140-character outburst  brings to mind a prior occasion when a member of the U.S. Senate, the country’s best defense against the president-elect’s impulsiveness and lack of preparation, complained that a politician spent too much time on Twitter.

The year was 2013. Cory Booker, then the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, won a primary before a special election to fill the seat of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a Democrat who died during his fifth term. After the vote, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas issued a statement in his role as chair of National Republican Senatorial Campaign. In an effort to boost the Republican choice in advance of the general election, Moran complained that Booker was too Hollywood:

The last thing the Senate needs is another show horse who is more concerned with self-promotion than governing. New Jersey voters have a very distinct choice for the United States Senate. Cory Booker has been focused solely on building his Twitter following, rather than his responsibilities to Newark — ignoring an unemployment rate that has nearly doubled and a skyrocketing crime rate under his watch.

Moran’s concerns about showboating apparently wane when the candidate is a Republican. Ambivalent for a time, Moran eventually announced his support for Trump’s candidacy.

This week, Moran backed a congressional investigation of Russian interference in the election. In interviews and on (ahem) Twitter, Trump has sought to downplay the possible role of Russia in the hacks.

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