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4:35 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Arkansas Congressman Deletes 'Violent Rhetoric' Tweet

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.