(Little Rock) (AP) – A Republican congressman from Arkansas posted, then deleted, a tweet criticizing President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers for “violent rhetoric” during a U.S. Capitol lockdown following a shooting.
U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin on Thursday tweeted from his personal account “Stop the violent rhetoric President Obama, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi” after a shooting was reported outside the Capitol. Griffin’s tweet included the hashtag #disgusting.
Griffin sent the tweet after sending one about the gun shots outside the Capitol. He later deleted the message and said in a prepared statement that he sent the tweet out of emotion but agreed that the timing “wasn’t helpful.”
Griffin is a two-term congressman representing central Arkansas.