Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) was called out on Monday for quietly deleting a tweet he posted saying that he met with the “Stop the Steal” members ahead of their armed insurrection on the U.S. Capitol. In the now-deleted tweet, he urged the group to “keep fighting.”
Inside Elections reporter Jacob Rubashkin was the first to notice Sessions’ deleted post while combing through a series of deleted tweets by elected officials.
“Had a great meeting today with folks from “Stop the Steal” at our nation’s Capitol. I encouraged them to keep fighting and assured them I look forward to doing MY duty on January 6,” Sessions tweeted, including hashtags #StopTheSteal and #legalvotescount.
After the crowd he met with stormed the Capitol, killing five people, including a US Capitol police officer, Sessions apparently decided to remove the post.
Here's what Sessions later said following the events on January 6. pic.twitter.com/06AoNJC5YL
— Jacob Rubashkin (@JacobRubashkin) January 11, 2021
Following the attack, Sessions appeared to express sympathy for some of the rioters, saying their violent actions came “out of frustration.”
“Unfortunately, many of the things that the president has stood for and done well up to now are going to be given back by some of the things that happened today,” Sessions said according to the Waco Tribune-Herald. “While what happened today was sad and tragic and wrong, it comes out of frustration. We have seen this frustration in Minneapolis and Seattle and discourse all across the country, and today, the same thing happened. It is wrong and violates the rule of law and the people need to be held accountable. We cannot allow this.”