Politwoops Deleted Tweets from Politicians

An archive of the public statements deleted by U.S. politicians. Explore the tweets they would prefer you couldn't see.

To meet the Twitter API Terms of Service, all deleted tweets shown here since June 22, 2012 have been reviewed and approved by the Sunlight Foundation.

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ChuckGrassley (R) @ChuckGrassley

RT @tinybaby: @ChuckGrassley i remember a time when people were proud to have the President visit their establishment

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) @RosLehtinen

Media love 2 cover Nyad's swim from Cuba 2 US but the beatings against Damas de Blanco? Not so much. Nyad say "courage" 2 herself. Really?!

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) @RosLehtinen

Media love American swimming from Cuba 2 US. Covering the beatings of Ladies in White in Cuba? Not so much! She says "Courage". Baloney.

Chuck Fleischmann (R) @RepChuck

Cutting a key at Chuck on the Jon #tn03 http://t.co/lUDZg3at

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Rep. Joe Walsh (R) @WalshFreedom

Politwoops no longer follows this account.
It's great to see the success of this family-owned company and I hope that it’s a harbinger of things to come. #IL08 http://t.co/R30Yzpb6

Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) @kaybaileyhutch

Politwoops no longer follows this account.
@WSJ: "The flawed rule would have hit coal-fired electric plants in particular, and especially those based in #Texas" http://t.co/Vndoj9Y4

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Terry Branstad (R) @TerryBranstad

Belmond-Klemme education reform is underway! #iaedreform

Louie Gohmert (R) @replouiegohmert

#POTUS must know that GDP will shrink with our gross ntl debt over 0. We must lower our debt now: http://t.co/lP9azzxO

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Gary R. Herbert (R) @GovHerbert

I-15 road construction-not including landscaping-to be completed by Thanksgiving! @I15CORE #ut http://t.co/iz4IVwCf

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On June 3, 2015, the Sunlight Foundation received word from Twitter that it was pulling the plug on Politwoops, reversing an agreement made in 2012 that allowed us to run the project using its API. The last deletions we have archived are from May 15, 2015. Please read our 'Eulogy for Politwoops' for more detail.

While we may no longer be able to publish deleted tweets, we're still working hard to advocate for more and better open data and to create tools that promote transparency and hold our government accountable.

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