Morrison, Schneider denounce racist Facebook post

Morrison, Schneider denounce racist Facebook post
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Morrison, Schneider denounce racist Facebook post

Cook County GOP Chairman Sean Morrison denounced Illinois Republican County Chairman’s Association Facebook Post. Morrison was joined by Illinois GOP Chairman Tim Schneider in denouncing a post attacking four members of Congress as “jihadists”

Republican leaders in Illinois condemned a Facebook post that used a religious stereotype to criticize four liberal Congresswomen of color who have been in a verbal back and forth during the past week with President Donald Trump.

Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley have criticized Triump’s policies on immigration evoking a harsh response from President Trump who told the four women to “go back” to address problems where they came from. ALl were born in the United States except Omar who was born in Somalia.

The back-and-forth rhetoric between Trump and the four congresswoman has provoked a national debate and backlash. This week, the Illinois Republican County Chairman’s Association (IRCCA) posted an image of the four Congresswomen that included the phrase “The Jihad Squad. Political Jihad is their game.” The image concludes with “If you don’t agree with their socialist ideology you are racist.”

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IRCCA Jihad Squad racist facebook image posted by the Illinois Republican County Chairman's Association

IRCCA Jihad Squad racist facebook image posted by the Illinois Republican County Chairman’s Association

Cook County Republican Party Chairman Sean M. Morrison, who is a member of the IRCCA, quickly denounced the Facebook post saying he was appalled by the post. Morrison did not mince words in denouncing the post from his party colleagues.

“As the Chairman of the largest Republican County organization in the State of Illinois, I am appalled by most recent post on the Facebook page of the Illinois Republican County Chairman’s Association and their use of hateful rhetoric, and I am calling on them to immediately remove this post,” said Morrison who is also the Cook County Commissioner from the 17th District in Suburban Cook County.

“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.”

The four Democratic women have been described as being “The Squad” for their collaborative attacks against Trump and other Republicans and Democrats who have criticized their public comments on immigration, the Middle East and on President Trump’s presidency.

All four congresswomen have harshly criticized Trump who has used that criticism to justify his own criticism of the women politicians. Tlaib has even denounced Trump repeatedly using an obscene phrase calling him a “mother-f***er.”

Illinois GOP Chairman Tim Schneider also issued a statement responding to the Illinois Republican County Chairman’s Association Facebook page condemning the post.

“I strongly condemn evoking race or religion as the basis for political disagreement. 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,” Schneider said.

“My intense disagreement with the socialist policies and anti-semitic language of these four congresswomen has absolutely nothing to do with their race or religion. I urge everyone who also opposes them to keep the rhetoric focused on policy and political ideology.” 

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