The Mecklenburg County Republican Committee has come under fire for posting racist photos of the president on its Facebook page. One image depicts Obama as a caveman; another portrays him as a thug.
The Virginia Republican Party has ordered Mecklenburg County to take the photos off its page. Pat Mullins, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, said:
"These kinds of images have no place in political discourse — period. They are offensive, tasteless and should never have been posted anywhere, let alone a local unit's Facebook page. The Republican Party of Virginia condemns this sort of imagery in the strongest possible terms."
The photos had been on the page for several months, but it wasn't until a luncheon event with Republican Senate candidate George Allen on Monday that they started receiving criticism. Allen was campaigning in the state at a luncheon the Mecklenburg County Republican Committee promoted and ProgressVA, which supports Allen's opponent Timothy M. Kaine, found the photos on the committee's page. Allen said he had prior knowledge of the photos and has condemned them.
R. Wallace "Wally" Hudson, chairman of the committee, didn't understand what all the fuss was about. Hudson said,
"If that group is that sensitive, I'm sorry, they're just not human. It's not American. If they've got a problem with it, we're not going to change what we do."
Hudson also said he was still waiting for a phone call from the state's main party, and that "they can do what they want." He also admitted that he posted the majority of the photos himself, and that critics were playing the race card.
"We know our regular readers, who are good conservatives, they're gonna get a kick out of it. The rest of them, if they don't want to see it, they don't have to look at it. We don't consider any of it racist," Hudson said.
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