Many initially celebrated the deal that was struck to exchange Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban in Afghanistan for five years, for five Taliban detainees in Guantanamo Bay. But as more details regarding his transfer and history emerge, it has led to questions and criticism over the deal.
Some politicians who initially voiced public support for Bergdahl’s return, for example, later deleted their tweets. But there’s actually a website specifically devoted to picking up deleted tweets of politicians.
Among the many other deleted tweets by elected officials and other politicians recorded by Politiwoops are several deleted tweets that once celebrated Bergdahl’s return.
Philip Bump for the Washington Post wrote of the backtracking:
So what is a politician to do, in this media-saturated age, when every little step is observed and critiqued and every statement is analyzed and dismantled? Maybe this: Explain why you changed your mind. Politicians don’t have to know everything about everything. If what you’ve learned about Bergdahl prompts you to rethink your initial comments, say so. We are all adults! Yes, people will call you hypocrites (I mean, people call out random people for being hypocrites on Twitter); some people will say worse than that. But if you learned something, share what you learned. Informed electorate and all that.
Bergdahl’s hometown, which was set to have a celebration in honor of his return later this month, cancelled those plans Wednesday, saying it didn’t have the capacity to handle such an event.