Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Va., criticized CNN on Monday and said the network and the media are "getting played" by President Trump by covering his tweets instead of "real issues."

"I think you guys are getting played, man," Taylor said during an interview on CNN. "I think every time he does this you guys overreact — and I say you guys, I mean the media in general. You guys play right into his hands."

Taylor was asked about a tweet Trump sent Saturday that included a video from a 2007 WWE appearance in which he appears to tackle a man with CNN's logo superimposed over his face. In the real video, from Wrestlemania 23, Trump clotheslined WWE owner Vince McMahon.

The tweet earned the president swift backlash from Democratic lawmakers and the media, who warned that Trump was inciting violence against reporters.

But Taylor said he doesn't think "most Americans believe he's inciting violence from a WWF clip," and encouraged the media to instead "talk about real issues."

"You guys are playing right into his hands. You overreact, and then he's able to use that politically," the Virginia Republican said. "You've got to start reporting on news. This is not really news."

"You're falling into a trap by covering tweets all the time. There's a lot of news out there," he continued. "There's a lot of focus on healthcare, a lot of focus on veterans, a lot of focus on the South China Sea. There's a lot of news out there to cover."