Virginia congressman removes Twitter 'like' slamming school shooting survivor

Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, speaks with a reporter just before passage of the Republican tax reform bill in the House of Representatives, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A Virginia congressman has purged his campaign's Twitter account of "likes" of controversial tweets, including one that suggested a survivor of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting was a paid actor.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch cites a statement from the campaign of Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Brat saying a campaign staffer mistakenly liked the tweets, thinking they were logged into their personal account. The statement asserted neither the congressman representing the Virginia's 7th congressional district nor his staff supports "any alt-right views."

The tweets in question included one from Feb. 26 attacking David Hogg (@davidhogg111), the 17-year-old Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student who has called for gun control.

Last July, the congressman attracted attention for a post endorsing sending former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Libya. He said he never approved the post.

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