The Chisago County Republican Party in Minnesota came under fire this week after it posted (and later removed) a Facebook post invoking the slave trade in order to condemn abortion.
“Pro-Choice,” read the image’s main headline, with sub-caption: “Against Slavery? Don’t buy one.” The corresponding image depicts a slave auction. MSNBC host Ed Schultz posted a screengrab of the Chisago GOP’s photo:
In a statement posted to its Facebook page, the Chisago GOP said that the post was created by an unknown member, and that due to the “large number of administrators” running the page, they have removed all users until they can determine the author.
“The Chisago County Republican Party is very sorry that something so clearly improper (either intended or in poor taste) ever made it to our page,” the executive committee wrote. “Postings like this are not representative of our party. We are a party that believes in Freedom for all Americans regardless of race or religion. It is after all where the Republican Party came from in its origins, the anti-slavery movement.”
While the party officially distanced itself from the meme, Minnesota GOP secretary Chris Fields, who is black, told the Star Tribune that he found “absolutely nothing offensive about that (Facebook) post.”
[h/t Star Tribune]
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