A Republican lawmaker is being called to step down after she blamed the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio on “homosexual marriage and “drag queen advocates” in a scathing, rambling Facebook post.
Two mass shootings have rocked the US in the past couple of days, one in El Paso, Texas and the other in Dayton, Ohio, killing some 30 people and injuring 50.
Candice Keller, a Republican from Middletown, Ohio, posted on Facebook, saying the shooting at a Walmart that killed at least nine people was the fault of a variety of things that aren’t guns, including former president Barack Obama, violent video games, as well as trans people and gay marriage.
In a post that no longer appears on her Facebook page, she said: “After every mass shooting, the liberals start the blame game. Why not place the blame where it belongs?
The breakdown of the traditional American family (thank you, transgender, homosexual marriage, and drag queen advocates); fatherlessness…the ignoring of violent video games…disrespect to law enforcement (thank you, Obama)…the Dem Congress…
Keller confirmed in a text to The Enquirer that she wrote the Facebook post.
In response, Ohio Republican Party leader Jane Timken has called her comments “shocking” and called on her to reisgn from her seat.
She said: “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," Timken said in a statement provided to USA Today.
Candice Keller’s Facebook post was shocking and utterly unjustifiable. Our nation is reeling from these senseless acts of violence and public servants should be working to bring our communities together, not promoting divisiveness.
Keller's post wasn't received well, especially given the trauma of the shootings.