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Tweet Delete: Politicians Deleting Pro-Bergdahl Messages From Social Media

When Bowe Bergdahl was released, legislators rushed to social media to rejoice in the soldiers return. Yet, when people began to question if the POW was truly the hero he was hailed to be, the politicians quickly changed their tune.

Just after Bergdahl was freed from Taliban hands, questions began to surface about the Private First Class. According to one soldier who fought with him in Afghanistan, “Bergdahl was a deserter, and soldiers from his own unit died trying to track him down.”

Criticism was also lobbed at Obama for making the trade, some accusing him of hubris or even collaborating with terrorists by making the deal.

Soon after, with controversy mounting, politicians started hitting the delete button on their social media praises, virtually erasing their congratulations to Bergdahl and his family on his release.

Paul DeMarco, a Republican member of the Alabama House of Representatives initially wrote on Twitter, “SGT Bowe Bergdahl has been released after being captive for five years in Afghanistan. A grateful nation awaits your return.”

Four days later, with increasing criticism swirling around the trade, DeMarco hit delete.

Senator Thad Cochren at first thanked Bergdahl for his service, writing on his social media account, “Welcome home, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. A grateful America thanks you for your service.”

On June 4th, he also erased his support for the POW.

While mostly Republicans decided to delete their social media support for Bergdahl, three days after Democratic Representative Stephen Lynch claimed, “Great to hear that Bo Bergdahl has been released from captivity in Afgh/Pak,” he also decided to erase the message from his twitter feed.

Although some politicians from both sides of the political fence may be retreating from their Bergdahl support as fast as they can, Obama has remained resolute that getting Bergdahl back home was the right thing to do despite the controversy.

“This is not political football,” the president said on Thursday. “You have a couple of parents whose kid volunteered to fight in a distant land who they hadn’t seen in five years and weren’t sure whether they’d ever see him again.”

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