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Chattanooga City Councilman Chris Anderson listens during a council meeting Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Following the Orlando massacre, Chattanooga City Councilman Chris Anderson, who is openly gay, used his Twitter account to attack local politicians who he charged were responsible, in part, for the bloodshed.

He tweeted directly at a handful of Republican officials in the region, including Gov. Bill Haslam, State Sens. Bo Watson and Todd Gardenshire of Chattanooga, and Tea Party President Mark West.  





 

In tweets surveyed by the Times Free Press, some Twitter users skewed toward agreeing with Anderson's attacks. Like Anderson, some said that Republican values are antagonistic toward the LGBT community.

 







 

On Facebook, many comments turned against Anderson. Some commentators expressed disgust with Anderson's actions. Some called him unprofessional, given his position as a city councilman. Others found it to be in poor taste to jump into politics so soon after the attack.

 

Publicly, Anderson has defended his attacks in statements released to the media. His tweets are still available on his Twitter account.

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