The Illinois Republican County Chairmen’s Association is under fire for racism after posting an offensive meme on their Facebook page featuring the four Democratic Congresswomen who have been the target of President Trump’s attacks all week long.
Representatives Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) are the progressive freshmen in the House often referred to as “the squad” for their solidarity in promoting social democratic policies in direct opposition to the prevailing right-wing takeover of our country by the Republican party.
Someone within the Illinois Republican County Chairmen’s Association thought it would be clever to post a meme portraying the squad as a team of Muslim jihadists, despite the fact that only two of the four women are actually of the Muslim faith and that none of them have advocated any sort of violence, despite the death threats that they have been receiving since becoming the targets of Donald Trump’s cynical and misogynist reelection propaganda.
Presented as a movie poster for a fictional film entitled The Jihad Squad, the meme slanders the congresswomen with slogans on the fake poster saying “Political jihad is their game’ and “If you don’t agree with their socialist ideology, you’re racist.”
This is on the Illinois Republican County Chairmen’s Association’s Facebook site: pic.twitter.com/0qzKsiRzzq
— Rick Pearson (@rap30) July 21, 2019
Shortly after the existence of the post was revealed on Twitter by Chicago Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson, it mysteriously disappeared.
Pearson posted the explanation he received from the head of the GOP group explaining that the post was not authorized by the leadership of the Illinois Republican County Chairmen’s Association.
Head of the state GOP county chairmen’s association called the posting “unauthorized.” Then he explains how they have a “multi-stage, approval process for all social media posts on any of the RCCA’s social media properties.” The process, he said, is being “re-evaluated.”
— Rick Pearson (@rap30) July 21, 2019
Trying to cover their tracks, Illinois Republican Chairman Tim Schneider issued the following statement on Sunday evening responding to the Facebook post.
“I strongly condemn evoking race or religion as the basis for political disagreement,” he said. “The recent social media post coming from the IRCCA does not reflect my values or the Illinois Republican Party’s values. Bigoted rhetoric greatly distracts from legitimate and important policy debates and further divides our nation,” Schneider said.
While the Illinois GOP leader may be attempting to restore some measure of political decorum and respectability to his party, unfortunately, the tone of hatred and bigotry is being set from a level high above his lowly status as a state party apparatchik with President Trump continuing to tweet out equally offensive lies about the members of “the squad ” on a daily basis.
I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country. They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said. They are destroying the Democrat Party, but are weak & insecure people who can never destroy our great Nation!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 21, 2019
With Trump’s entire reelection campaign centered on demonizing Democrats as dangerous socialists and foreigners hellbent on destroying middle America, it’s not surprising that some unknown Illinois political operative would post something so equally abhorrent and perfectly in sync with the president’s sentiments.
This is the modern Republican party, torn between their fear of alienating the leader that they are depending on for their continued political success and patronage and the faint memories of a civilized manner of dealing with their opponents.
Given their current course, it won’t be long before the entire GOP eats itself alive and fades into irrelevancy. It can’t happen soon enough.
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