Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) deleted a tweet from his account that referenced the “Trail of Tears,” and later apologized over Twitter for using the term to trash-talk about the NCAA basketball tournament.
On Friday, Braley clarified his intent in a tweeted apology.
The "tears" I was referring to werethe tears of Cyclone fans. I have removed the tweet & apologize to anyone who was offended.— Bruce Braley (@BruceBraley) March 29, 2013
More than 100,000 Native Americans were estimated to have died of disease, hunger and war when the U.S. government forced them relocate from their homes in Southeastern portions of the country. The deadly migration was later called the “Trail of Tears.”