Lori Gayne, a Trump delegate elected in the March Illinois Republican Primary from Chicago, was sent home Wednesday after her racist rants on social media went beyond acceptable. Even the GOP has its limits, apparently.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the Illinois Republican Party revoked Gayne’s convention credentials “for publicly-made racist comments and threats of violence” on Facebook. She also had been tweeting under the Twitter handle “whitepride,” but her account appears to have been removed.
She posted the following on Facebook using a pseudonym and an abbreviation for the expletive, “Our brave snipers just waiting for some “N—- to try something. Love them.” She posted the threatening statement along with a photograph of snipers on the roof of the iconic building on Lake Erie.
The Illinois Republican Party Chairman, Tim Schneider, said in an interview with the Sun-Times that the party “has zero tolerance for racism of any kind and threats of violence against anyone.”
Maybe Schneider should try that logic on the rest of the Republican Party, who just nominated an openly bigoted politician as their 2016 presidential candidate.
Gayne later apologized for making the heinous remark in a long-winded statement, but it may just be too late to take back what she said, even if Facebook deleted the comment.
An excerpt of what she wrote is as follows:
“The statements do not reflect my character or feelings toward minorities. As a Jewish woman, I know that racism of any kind is unjustifiable and hurtful, even when it’s not intended. I also know that violence is never the answer to political disagreements. I respect the decision of the Illinois Republican Party and understand their concerns about my safety and that of the entire Illinois delegation. Please accept my deepest apologies.”
Strangely, she said that she did not intend “to make racist or threatening statements” even though that’s precisely what she did.
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