President Donald Trump tweeted his support Friday afternoon for U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, saying the Cortez Republican fights for Second Amendment rights and has Trump's "Complete and Total Endorsement!"
“Congressman @ScottRTipton is a great supporter of the #MAGA Agenda!" Trump told his 67.8 million followers on Twitter. "He fights for your #2A rights and the Border Wall. Scott is working hard for Colorado and has my Complete and Total Endorsement!"
The president's endorsement arrives less than two weeks after Tipton drew a primary challenge from Lauren Boebert, the 32-year-old gun-rights activist and owner of Garfield County's Shooters Grill, who maintains that the five-term incumbent hasn't challenged liberal politicians and their proposals aggressively enough.
A couple hours after Trump's tweet posted, it had been retweeted more than 5,000 times and "liked" almost 20,000 times by the social media platform's users.
"Thank you you Mr. President!" Tipton responded on Twitter. "Looking forward to continuing our work together to make Colorado and our country stronger! #FourMoreYears"
Boebert took to Twitter to question Trump's endorsement of her primary opponent, saying she didn't think the president had been briefed about Tipton's voting record.
"I also doubt the President knew that I've already been endorsed by Colorado's Boots on the Ground Bikers for Trump because they know who will do the best job of supporting the President's policies," Boebert added in a second tweet packed with hashtags related to the Trump campaign: "#LovePresidentTrump #MAGA #KAG #DrainTheSwamp"
(2/2) I also doubt the President knew that I've already been endorsed by Colorado's Boots on the Ground Bikers for Trump because they know who will do the best job of supporting the President's policies. #LovePresidentTrump #MAGA #KAG #DrainTheSwamp https://t.co/b03XFyjibc— Lauren Boebert for Congress (@laurenboebert) December 20, 2019
Tipton, an honorary state co-chair of the president's re-election campaign, is the second Colorado Republican who has won Trump's backing on Twitter this year.
"We will ALL WIN in 2020 together!" Trump tweeted in February after thanking Colorado's U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and his colleague, Rob Portman of Ohio, for their "early and warm endorsement."
Gardner, considered one of the most vulnerable Republican senators on the ballot next year, said in late January that he was endorsing Trump because of what he hinted some of the more liberal Democratic presidential candidates "will do to Colorado."
Trump said last week that he plans to "be in Colorado a lot, actually" to campaign for Gardner.
“We have a great senator in Colorado," Trump said at a White House event. "We have to get him extended. I’ll be there a lot.”
Though he lost Colorado in 2016 by about 5 percentage points to Democrat Hillary Clinton and has consistently polled poorly in the state, Trump won Tipton's sprawling 3rd Congressional District by 12 percentage points.
A spokesman for the Colorado Democratic Party used the occasion of Trump's tweet to tear into the Republican congressman.
"Whether it’s his refusal to support the CORE Act and protect our public lands, his many votes to gut Coloradans’ health care, or his eye-raising lack of town halls, the people of CD3 know they can’t trust Tipton to look out for them, and that’s why they’ll vote him out in 2020,” said David Pourshoushtari, the state Democrats' communications director, in a statement.