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#TrumpTantrum spreads on Twitter after impromptu press conference

Calls for President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative MORE to resign began circulating on Twitter on Thursday morning, mocking the president for throwing a “#TrumpTantrum” and walking out of a meeting with Democratic leadership this week.

The hashtag refers to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi11 Essential reads you missed this week Pelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Is there internet life after thirty? MORE’s (D-Calif.) claim that Trump acted like a child before walking out of a scheduled meeting to discuss a potential infrastructure package.

"Sadly, the only job the President seems to be concerned with is his own. He threatened to stop working with Democrats on all legislation unless we end oversight of his Administration and he had a temper tantrum for us all to see," Pelosi wrote on Wednesday.

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Trump denied her allegation and said he purposefully acted “very polite and calm,” but social media users still seized on Pelosi’s remarks. 

The official Twitter account for The Democratic Coalition, an anti-Trump super PAC that targets Republican officials and candidates, began circulating calls for Trump to resign over the incident. 

“Trump tried to blackmail Democrats using American infrastructure projects to end all Congressional investigations into him,” the group’s co-founder Scott Dworkin wrote on Twitter. “Then he had a temper tantrum live on international television for the world to see. It was pathetic, sad and weak. #TrumpMustResign. Retweet if you agree.”

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The #TrumpMustResign hashtag quickly gained momentum online, with more than 60,000 people using it on Twitter. 

Dworkin elaborated on his call for Trump to resign in a statement to The Hill, saying there are several other reasons why the president should step down.

He pointed to Trump’s role in paying adult-film star Stormy Daniels hush money to keep quiet over an alleged affair, which the president has denied, and his attempts to block Democrats in Congress from investigating his campaign, businesses and administration.

“We pushed the #TrumpMustResign hashtag out for those reasons, and for the basic fact that the American people deserve better,” Dworkin told The Hill. “But the fact he tried to blackmail elected officials into ending all viable investigations into him, by using the American people and American infrastructure as the leverage, that really got to me. I think we deserve a swift exit from Trump. And if he won’t resign, he should face impeachment.”

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Other social media users highlighted hashtag “#TrumpTantrum” to mock the president’s behavior at Wednesday's unscheduled press briefing in the Rose Garden and his handwritten notes

The Democratic Coalition also triggered a viral social media hashtag against Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhat would John McCain do? Sunday shows preview: Trump ratchets up trade war with China White House won't move forward with billions in foreign aid cuts MORE (R-S.C.) earlier this month  after the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman encouraged the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor PETA billboard in Baltimore calls Kushner a 'rich pest' Dick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report MORE, to invoke the Fifth Amendment when he appears before the Senate Intelligence Committee.