It seems like the Trump presidency is continuing to encourage right-wing racists to pile on, attack marginalized Americans, and bully their way thought the world. From the rash of swastikas that peppered cities through vandalism to sexual assault from local politicians.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution now reports that a Georgia Republican official who criticized Civil Rights activist and congressman shared some disturbing sentiments on his social media, even quoting the discredited Rush Limbaugh.
On Saturday, Tommy Hunter, a Republican Gwinnett county official, attacked Rep. John Lewis, calling him a “racist pit,” and insinuating that his seat in the House wasn’t legitimate.
Hunter sits on the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners and referred to the opposition party as “Demonrats” and “a bunch of idiots.”
‘John Lewis is a racist pig. There ain’t one political pundit that didn’t say on November 9 that this would be Demonrats EXACT response to Trump winning. Like I heard Rush, I believe say, Demonrats DO NOT live in reality. They believe polls were right and THE REAL VOTES were wrong. What a bunch of idiots.’
It can only be assumed that Hunter is pretending that the nearly 3 million votes by which Clinton won the popular vote do not exist.
And like most Republicans, Hunter then engages is preemptive projection:
‘John Lewis’ district is drawn to keep him in power. His wins are all illegitimate. How can other reps be concerned about working with him.’
The event closely follows a similar event wherein the Republican president-elect also slammed the Civil Rights leader on social media, after Lewis said on Meet the Press that he did not think Trump’s presidency was “legitimate” in light of the recent revelations regarding Russian cyberspies attempting to influence the U.S. Election.
Hunter’s district lies east of Lewis’ congressional district, by some miles.
Hunter’s Facebook posts have since been deleted, but AJC managed to capture screencaps of the offensive messages. According to AJC, Hunter also then posted a belligerent meme — an image with the following phrase:
‘If you’re easily offended and looking for a ‘safe place’ my page ain’t it.. Move along snowflake.’
Hunter is the vice president of an environmental firm and was elected to the board of Commissioners in 2012, representing District 3, a wide and diverse area. He very narrowly won re-election last November by only 2 points against his Democratic challenger. Interestingly enough, although Gwinnett is mainly Republican, Hillary Clinton took that county in the recent election, making it the first time a Democratic presidential candidate has won the county since Jimmy Carter in 1976.
This may have put the commissioner on edge.
When questioned about the offensive post by AJC on Monday, Hunter shrugged it off as “probably an overreaction out of aggravation.” But he didn’t back down from his allegations that Lewis’ wins were illegitimate. He also defended the TV reality show host who would be president. Again, using Facebook, Hunter told an AJC reporter:
‘While I am grateful for what the Congressman did in Selma and other times during the civil rights movement, you get respect by showing respect. He is using his fame as a way to continually divide the races and in this case standing on the very much unsubstantiated claim that the guy I voted for [Trump] is racist and only won because of Russians hacking the election—which, of course, we all know didn’t occur.
‘So, true to exactly what the political pundits said would happen, he makes the claim that Trump, and all of us that voted for him, are illegitimate.
‘Therefore I claim [Lewis] is illegitimate and make just as many unsubstantiated claims as [Trump] does. After all, in today’s world, it’s not about the evidence, but the seriousness of the charges.’
Hunter then posted a “Happy MLK Day” message to his Facebook page, according to AJC.
Fellow commissioners did not respond to requests for comments, although Georgia State Rep. Dar’Shun Kendrick, a Democrat who represents nearby District 93, dropped a note on Twitter:|
‘I’m ashamed he represents the GWINNETT portion of my district.’
I'm ashamed he represents the GWINNETT portion of my district. https://t.co/NNfAY1FM3Z
— Dar'shun Kendrick (@DarshunKendrick) January 16, 2017
Featured image via AJC Facebook page