Van Drew's Twitter account deleted


New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew on stage at a January 2020 campaign rally for President Donald Trump. | Mel Evans/AP Photo

Both of New Jersey’s Republican members of Congress have deleted their Twitter accounts following backlash related to former President Donald Trump.

U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew’s Twitter account, @congressmanJVD, was no longer online as of Wednesday morning, a little over two weeks after U.S. Rep. Chris Smith deleted his account.

Neither was particularly active on Twitter, with their accounts typically used for formal messages rather than direct communication.

What happened: Van Drew’s office did not immediately respond to a call and email about why his account was deleted, but both he and Smith were met with scorn on the social media network regarding their stances on Trump.

For Van Drew, it was his pledge of “undying support” to the former president after switching parties from Democrat to Republican a year ago and then his vote against certifying Electoral College results from the Nov. 3 election.

While Smith voted in favor of certifying President Joe Biden’s victory, he voted against impeaching Trump and was criticized on Twitter for airing a false conspiracy theory that leftist radicals were responsible for the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

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