A white Trump delegate from Illinois is no longer a delegate after she posted an image with racist remarks in the hope of seeing police kill black people at the RNC Convention.
Lori Gayne of the Fifth Congressional District was on the floor of the convention when she was approached by Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times over a Facebook post she made under a different name in which police snipers are standing on the roof of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum with the caption, “Our brave snipers just waiting for some “N—- to try something. Love them.”
After being outed by the Chicago Sun-Times, the Illinois Republican Party revoked Gayne’s credentials and sent her packing.
“The Illinois Republican Party has zero tolerance for racism of any kind and threats of violence against anyone,” Illinois GOP Chair Tim Schneider said in a statement condemning Gayne.
I condemn in the strongest terms the racist comments and threats of violence made by Ms. Gayne, a member of our delegation to the Republican National Convention. Ms. Gayne brought the statements to the attention of Illinois Republican Party staff after being contacted by Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times,” Schneider said in statement. Let me be unequivocally clear — racism and threats of violence have absolutely no place in the Illinois Republican Party or in a civil and inclusive society.
The Illinois Republican Party believes that inciting violence against anyone attending the RNC places state delegations, demonstrators exercising their First Amendment rights, and law enforcement personnel needlessly in harm’s way. Therefore, I have consulted with the Executive Committee of the Illinois Republican Party and have revoked Ms. Gayne’s credentials as a delegate to the Republican National Convention.
Now this is what a reasonable political party should do and you have to wonder if Trump agrees with the Illinois GOP.
In an attempt to “apologize,” Gayne claimed, “The statements do not reflect my character or feelings toward minorities,” even though she used a racial slur to describe black people. “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.”
Yeah, apology NOT accepted. And here’s why. This is what Gayne told the Chicago Tribune in May.
“With all the racism going on today, I’m very proud to be white. Just like black people are proud to be black and now, as white people, whenever we say something critical we’re punished as if we’re racists. I’m tired of it. I’m very proud. I’m so angry I don’t even feel like I live in America. You can call me a racist. Black Lives Matter? Those people are out of control.”
Black Lives Matter protesters are not going around shooting police officers. Police officers, on the other hand, have unjustly shot and killed many black men in recent years. And you don’t hear Gayne calling police “out of control.”
Indeed, Gayne went on to praise Trump because she hopes he will take America back to the 1960s, presumably before we had landmark pieces of legislation like the Voting Rights Act and Civil Rights Act and back to a time when Jim Crow laws still existed throughout the South.
This is inexcusable behavior from a GOP delegate and one has to wonder just how many more white supremacists are delegates this year. Clearly, Donald Trump has opened the doors for racists to take over the party and considering the rising racial tensions in this country and the tension between African-Americans and the police, the last thing this country needs is someone like Gayne trying to spark violence.
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