State Rep. Thorpe issues apology over racially charged tweets

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck
By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX  -- A state representative has come under fire for posting several racially charged messages on his Twitter account.

Representative Bob Thorpe, who is a Republican from Mesa, has taken down his Twitter account after some of his colleagues in the legislature accused him of being racially insensitive and offensive.

In one tweet, Thorpe wonders why U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is so soft on crime. He then goes on to point out that African Americans make up approximately 40 percent of the prison population, while only making up about 13 percent of the U.S. population.

In a second tweet, Thorpe mentions that three black teens beat up a white teen on a Florida school bus, but there was no “outcry” from the “liberal press.”

On Wednesday night, Thorpe released a statement apologizing to anyone who may have been offended.

“I acknowledge that they were poorly worded and did not reflect what I genuinely wanted to communicate about recent national news stories,” said Thorpe. “Although I never intended to be insensitive or divisive, I quickly realized that my tweets were causing a few readers to believe that my motives were not as I intended them to appear.”