The GOP looks like a bunch of old white men or rabid younger white men trying to tear the throats out of anyone testifying before the House hearings. They have forsaken the Republican party of a decade ago and turned themselves into the Trump party marching to by this commander-in-chief’s dumber, which is not a pretty sight.
Now, top Illinois Republican party leaders have decided it would be a good idea to post a movie poster-like image of the self-described “Squad.” The real Squad consists of four politically talented, very bright, and extremely courageous women of color who face death threats every day.
The Chicago Tribune reporter Rick Pearson shared this meme from Facebook:
‘This is on the Illinois Republican County Chairmen’s Association’s Facebook site.’
The hateful post was not a great surprise after Donald Trump tweeted:
‘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!’
The Illinois GOP thought it would be a grand idea to call these women “The Jihad Squad.” However, they are House representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).
The poster went on in an unbelievably misogynistic style and read, according to Salon:
‘Political Jihad is their game. If you don’t agree with their socialist ideology, you’re racist.’
Of course, the Republican County Chairmen’s Association left its name on the poster. Chairman of the Lake County Republican Central Committee Mark Shaw noted on Facebook that he had not authorized the image. He also gave a non-apology apology:
‘(I am) sorry if anyone who saw the image was offended by its contents.’
After a flood of Republicans denounced the Facebook art, he continued, saying the poster-art was:
‘…unfortunate distraction from the serious debate surrounding the policies advocated by these four socialist members of the United States House of Representatives of which I strongly disagree.’
Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party Time Schneider 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.’
Cook County Republican Party Chairman Sean Morrison released a statement saying he was “appalled” by the post and its “use of hateful rhetoric:”
‘There are civil ways to express political differences that do not involve going to racist extremes. The Illinois Republican County Chairman’s Association’s post only serves to further the hateful divide within our country, when we should instead strive for an intelligent, civil and thoughtful discussion of the philosophical differences between Republicans and Democrats.’
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