SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Republican County Chairmen’s Association (IRCCA) posted then deleted a Facebook meme that images of the “Squad,” U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, on a mock-up movie poster calling them “The Jihad Squad.”
The meme comes after a week of controversy because of Trump’s racists comments about the group, saying they should go back to their “own countries” and fix them. All four are American citizens and three were born in the United States.
The meme was posted over the weekend then deleted. The IRCCA has issued an apology on their page from IRCCA President Mark Shaw.
A couple of days ago, an image which was not authorized by me was posted on the Facebook page of the Illinois Republican County Chairmen’s Association (“RCCA”). I condemn this unauthorized posting and it has been deleted. I am sorry if anyone who saw the image was offended by the contents.
This unauthorized posting is an unfortunate distraction from the serious debate surrounding the policies advocated by these four socialist members of the United States House of Representatives of which I strongly disagree. Republican opposition to their proposed “Green New Deal”, elimination of all private health insurance, open borders and anti-Semitic posturing has nothing to do with these Representative’s races or religion.
The RCCA has a multi-stage, approval process for all social media posts on any of the RCCA’s social media properties. Nevertheless, the RCCA’s internal review process is being re-evaluated to insure that any content posted in the future represents the “big-tent” nature of the Republican Party.
The apology hasn’t resulted in an easing of condemnations.
College Democrats of Illinois president Hadiya Afzal said, “As a proud Muslim-American who serves as president of a diverse state federation, I’m sickened by these disgusting attacks on duly elected Congresswomen. While Mark Shaw may offer empty words of non-apology and then pivot back to baselessly attack Democrats again, we at the College Democrats of Illinois know better.
We can see through their games. And we have news for the Illinois GOP – politics isn’t a game. It affects real lives – the lives of Muslim Illinoisians, Black Illinoisians, and immigrant Illinoisians. I am calling on every single Republican official, from the Congressional level all the way to city council, to fully condemn this abominable photo and apologize.”
The Illinois Democratic County Chairs Association (IDCCA) also condemned the post before it had been taken down.
We do not wish to perpetuate the extreme hate filled image published by the Illinois Republican County Chairs’ Association on their Facebook page, but are compelled to let people know about it and their use of it. It is wrong. It is extreme. It is untrue. The image echos and amplifies the racist tweets President Trump made about four Democratic Congresswomen.
Every Republican County Chair should denounce it and call for its removal.