GOP Lawmaker Deletes Instagram Pic After Outcry

Sign in photo read: 'Hillary for US Ambassador to Libya'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2017 2:16 PM CDT
GOP Lawmaker Deletes Instagram Pic After Outcry
Rep. Dave Brat of Virginia deleted an Instagram post that many felt wished harm on Hillary Clinton.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A Republican congressman from Virginia has deleted an Instagram photo that many felt wished harm on Hillary Clinton, CNN reports. The photo showed Rep. Dave Brat with a constituent who was holding a sign reading "Hillary for US Ambassador to Libya." The photo was captioned: "Sign says it all." The former US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, was killed in the 2012 Benghazi attack. Brat blamed the Instagram post on a staff member and said he doesn't believe it was offensive or in any way meant Clinton should be harmed. "If this can be interpreted in any way as negative ... I apologize for that," he tells WWBT. "I thought the guy was just getting at the Benghazi injustice that everybody knows is a tragedy—it had to do with all these tapes and stuff." (Read more David Brat stories.)

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