What happened when someone posted this photo on an official Republican Party Twitter page asking where one can acquire the sign?
Oh, they just responded with this saying, “sorry they never arrived but this is pretty popular.”
We can’t make this shit up, folks.
In the poorest of poor taste, California’s Riverside County GOP tweeted a photo of a blood-soaked executioner with a noose who is “ready for Hillary.” Staff Writer Jeff Horseman for the local newspaper Press Enterprise saw the tweets and immediately contacted Riverside County GOP for comment.
The tweets were removed and Scott Mann, chairman for Riverside County GOP first said:
That meme is nothing more than political satire. It simply expresses how Ms. Clinton seemingly has gotten away with every scandal and political flip-flop in her public life – from classified e-mail and Benghazi to her changing positions on health care, TPP, NAFTA, gay marriage, etc.”
“We will extend benefit of the doubt if even one person was genuinely offended and remove the tweet. Beyond that, we trust the discernment of citizens to view it for what it is – political satire.”
Later, he took a bit different approach in his email response to the publication, saying:
I was made aware of derogatory Tweet this afternoon toward Secretary Clinton when the Press-Enterprise called me for comment. I was horrified and had the Tweet taken down immediately. While some may think it was political satire, it clearly has no place in American political dialogue.
“As Chairman of the Republican Party of Riverside County, I apologize to everyone and anyone who was offended by it. I have taken steps to ensure that the individual who posted the Tweet no longer has access and I can assure you the person responsible will be held accountable.”
Look, we’ve come to expect deplorable memes from right-wing nut jobs on the internet. And, while Donald Trump is running the dirtiest campaign in history as the Republican presidential candidate, this type of vitriol simply shouldn’t be accepted by the official party. This is what should be left in the fringes, yet it’s being accepted more and more as the Republican platform opens their arms to blatantly hateful rhetoric.
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