US Republican blames gays and drag queens for mass shootings


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A Republican politician from Ohio is facing calls to resign after blaming gay and transgender people for the latest mass shootings in the US.

Candice Keller is a Republican state representative from Ohio. She took to her personal Facebook page to write the vile, now-deleted rant, circulated widely online.

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“After every mass shooting, the liberals start the blame game,” Keller wrote, before launching into the blame game herself in the lengthy tirade.

Citing the “breakdown of the traditional American family,” Keller blamed “transgender, homosexual marriage, and drag queen advocates” and also “the culture, which totally ignores the importance of God and the church.”

She also blames “the ignoring of video games”, legal marijuana, and “disrespect to law enforcement”, which she blames President Barack Obama for.

After listing numerous other subjects, Keller asks: “Did I forget anybody?”

“The list is long. And the fury will continue,” she wrote, failing to list gun control.

Keller’s post followed two mass shootings in Texas and Ohio at the weekend which left more than 30 people dead. Keller removed the Facebook post shortly afterwards.

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Candice Keller facing calls to resign after post

After the post emerged, Butler County Democratic Party chairperson Brian Hester said Keller was an “embarrassment” to her party.

“She loves to fan the flames and play the role of victim here. Not the nine people who were killed,” Hester said.

“She’s fundamentally unfit for office. She is an embarrassment to her party, to conservatives, to Butler County and to the state Legislature.”

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But the Ohio Republican Party’s chairperson Jane Murphy Timken also called for Keller to resign.

“While our nation was in utter shock over [the shootings], Republican State Representative Candice Keller took to social media to state why she thought these acts were happening,” Timken said.

“Candice Keller’s Facebook post was shocking and utterly unjustifiable.”

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