Controversial Florida congressman Matt Gaetz tweeted that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) should be defunded, then deleted his tweet a minute later.
“If Democrats want to defund the police, they should start with the FBI,” wrote Gaetz on Wednesday.
The tweet was caught by nonprofit Propublica’s Politwoops, a platform that tracks deleted tweets from politicians.
A Gaetz spokesman told Vice that Gaetz “felt it appropriate to remove a jocular tweet taken from a speech some time ago.”
Calls to defund the police gained traction on social media following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Gaetz has been a vocal critic of the progressive movement, tweeting on June 11 last year that defunding the police made America a “Woketopia.”