A GOP state representative in Southwest Ohio is blaming former President Barack Obama and a “breakdown of the traditional American family” for the mass shootings taking place in in the U.S.
Rep Candice Keller is getting criticism from both sides of the political spectrum for a posting she made on Facebook, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer:
In the Facebook post, Ohio Rep. Candice Keller complained about liberals playing the “blame game” after every shooting and asked why not place the blame where it belongs. The Republican lives in Middletown, about 30 miles south of Dayton, where a gunman killed nine people early Sunday.
Keller, in the post, placed the blame for mass shootings on “the breakdown of the traditional American family(thank you, transgender, homosexual marriage, and drag queen advocates); fatherlessness, a subject no one discusses or believes is relevant; the ignoring of violent video games; the relaxing of laws against criminals(open borders); the acceptance of recreational marijuana; failed school policies(hello, parents who defend misbehaving students): disrespect to law enforcement(thank you, Obama).”
Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Seelbach (D) encouraged people to call Keller’s office and make it clear they don’t agree with her hateful take on the issue:
Ohio State Representative Candice Keller (represents Middletown, Ohio) says the shootings happened because of my marriage to Craig.
And “drag queen advocates” ME AGAIN!
And Open Borders.
Let her know what you think. 614-644-5094 pic.twitter.com/pfo0xektjn
— Chris Seelbach (@ChrisSeelbach) August 4, 2019
And Butler County Republican Party Chairman Todd Hall told the Enquirer:
“Some want to politicize these events, and I cannot condone such comment and behavior.”
Hall’s remarks were echoed by Butler County Sheriff Rick Jones, who had this to say on Twitter:
Shame shame shame Candice Keller.
— Richard K. Jones (@butlersheriff) August 5, 2019
Butler County Democratic Party Chairman Brian Hester noted that it sounded like Keller was trying to blame the victims of mass shootings:
“To blame these shootings on some of the very people who have been targeted is offensive to those victims as well as the nine people who were murdered in Dayton this morning and to their grieving friends and family members.”
Keller is known for creating controversy with her comments:
She’s the executive director of a Christian pregnancy resource center and made headlines for comparing Planned Parenthood to Nazis. She also spoke on a white power advocate’s radio show. Keller also pushed for banning so-called sanctuary cities with former Ohio treasurer Josh Mandel.
If Ms. Keller wants to know who’s to blame for the growing hatred, intolerance, and violence in this country, she doesn’t have to look any further than the nearest mirror or the person current residing in the White House.
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