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10/03/2013 03:44 pm ET Updated Oct 03, 2013

Republican Congressman Blasts Obama For 'Violent Rhetoric' During Capitol Lockdown

Republican Congressman Tim Griffin (R-Ark) is in hot water after condemning leading Democrats, including Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi, for "violent rhetoric" in a tweet published during the Capitol Hill lockdown on Thursday.

Shortly after reports began to surface of shots outside the Capitol building, Griffin announced the news to his 2500-plus Twitter followers.

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One minute later, he tweeted the following:

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Griffin, who was elected to Congress in the 2010 Republican landslide, later deleted the tweet, and posted the following message to his followers:

The congressman told BuzzFeed's Rosie Gray that he "tweeted out of emotion," and conceded that "the timing [of his comment] was not helpful."

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