As you are probably aware, a group of armed ranchers has taken over a federal building in Oregon, as part of a “protest” of federal government land use and ownership policies. The protest, of course, isn’t a protest, it’s an act of violence. As such, the action has been condemned by even the most conservative of Presidential candidates like Ted Cruz.
However, not ever lawmaker has voiced their objections, and some have even tweeted their support. Enter Tennessee State Representative Andy Holt (R):
That tweet from Representative Holt was deleted, but as you can see, some grabbed a screenshot of it. After the tweet was deleted, Representative Holt added:
When asked for comment, Holt did say,”I do lend my moral support to the Bundy militia, or whatever they call themselves.”
So, to summarize:
- A sworn government officer tweeted their support for an armed insurrection so extreme that even some of the most extreme Republicans running for President have disavowed it.
- He deleted the tweet in which is expressed his support, then tweeted comments alluding to his support, then got into a flame war with others who attacked him for it. If you’re going to do all of those things, why delete the tweets in the first place?
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