Ark. congressman deletes 'violent rhetoric' tweet

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (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.

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