This week, Politwoops, the archive of deleted tweets from politicians, caught some poor word choices and a criticism of the entertainment industry.
We start with the official account of Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., that deleted the image to the right and a message saying, “It’s time for us to govern, whether it’s in the Middle East or here at home.” The tweet was removed after three hours and appeared to be related to funding of the Department of Homeland Security as it included the hashtag “#DontShutDownOurSecurity,” but Becerra did not respond to requests for clarification or explanation.
Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Mich., the freshman congressman who deleted photos from the floor of Congress after learning it was against the House rules, is back again with a foot in his digital mouth. During last weekend’s 57th Annual Grammy Awards, Bishop tweeted, “2 mins watching Grammy red carpet confirms just how shallow Hollywood and the music industry really is.” The tweet was deleted after two hours and is now safely archived in Politwoops.
The official feed of Wisconsin governor and likely 2016 presidential candidate, Scott Walker, deleted a tweet noting, “Today is the anniversary of the birth of the first Republican President Abraham Lincoln.” Unfortunately, since that tweet came on Feb. 11, the day before Lincoln’s birthday, it was deleted and reappeared the next day. Finally this week, the official feed of Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., deleted a tweet linking to an article about an elder batter nearly charging the pitcher at the Rockies Fantasy Camp. The tweet that was removed after just 19 seconds said, “If I make it to 88, I want to do this (and maybe reach the mound).”
Enjoy the long weekend, and if you have a moment, please drop us a line if you notice any accounts Politwoops is missing!