Ohio Republican Party chairwoman Jane Murphy Timken is calling for GOP state Rep. Candice Keller to resign after she posted a lengthy rant on social media blaming mass shootings over the weekend on gay marriage, “drag queen advocates,” violent video games and “fatherlessness.”
“While our nation was in utter shock over the acts of violence in El Paso and Dayton, Republican State Representative Candice Keller took to social media to state why she thought these acts were happening. Candice Keller’s Facebook post was shocking and utterly unjustifiable,” Timken said in a statement to The Hill.
“Our nation is reeling from these senseless acts of violence and public servants should be working to bring our communities together, not promoting divisiveness. I’m calling on Candice Keller to resign,” Timken added.
The comments came after a weekend where mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, left more than 30 people dead.
Screenshots of Keller’s since-deleted post were widely circulated on social media.
“Why not place the blame where it belongs,” she then wrote. “The breakdown of the traditional American family(thank you, transgender, homosexual marriage, and drag queen advocates); fatherlessness, a subject no one discusses or believes is relevant; the ignoring of violent video games; the relaxing of laws against criminals(open borders); the acceptance of recreational marijuana; failed school policies (hello, parents who defend misbehaving students): disrespect to law enforcement (thank you, Obama), hatred of our veterans (thank you professional athletes who hate our flag and National Anthem); the Dem Congress; many members whom are openly anti-Semitic; the culture, which totally ignores the importance of God and the church (until they elect a president); state officeholders, who have no interest whatsoever in learning about out Constitution and the Second Amendment; and snowflakes, who can’t respect a duly-elected President.”
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— Karen Kasler (@karenkasler) August 4, 2019
“Did I forget anybody,” the post concludes. “The list is long. And the fury will continue.”
Keller later confirmed that she posted something to her private Facebook page when contacted by a news outlet on Sunday.
Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Seelbach, a gay Democrat, shot back at Keller and slammed her for blaming his marriage for mass shootings that left dozens dead over the weekend.
Butler County Republican Party Chairman Todd Hall, meanwhile, distanced himself from Keller’s comments and said that he “could not condone” them.