As head of the Delaware Republicans, M. Jane Brady, is entitled to her opinions, however wrong the may consistently be.
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The head of the Delaware Republican Party says a Democratic state senator should resign after the lawmaker posted a meme on social media likening conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh to a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
“As a member of the Senate, he’s demeaned the entire body of the state Senate,” said Delaware GOP Chairwoman Jane Brady. “What he did is offensive. … I’ve already heard some people calling for his resignation.” She’s referring to a meme that Sen. Bryan Townsend, D-Newark, posted on Twitter on Saturday.
It was a cartoon of several hooded figures in white cloaks, presumably made to look like members of the KKK. One of the figures appears to be wearing a medal, similar to the Presidential Medal of Freedom that President Donald Trump awarded Limbaugh during the State of the Union speech last week. Shortly before receiving the medial, Limbaugh had revealed he has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.
The meme reads: “Find Rush Limbaugh.” “Whoever finds him gets a medal,” Townsend wrote in the post.
Townsend was one of numerous people who shared the meme last week.
Rep. Paul Baumbach, D-Newark, was one of several to like and retweet Townsend’s tweet. In response to Brady’s call for resignation, Townsend wrote in a statement to Delaware Online/The News Journal: “Hate speech and criticism of hate speech are not the same thing. I retweeted a cartoon depicting someone with a long public history of hateful, divisive remarks standing as part of a group known for hateful, divisive conduct. I’ll own that decision; I wish Mr. Limbaugh and his family the best as he begins his fight against cancer.”
Brady called Townsend’s actions “disgusting” and “offensive.”
“The Senate should take action,” she said. “He needs to be held accountable for it by the leadership of the Democrat Party as we have acted to hold the people in our party accountable when they fail to remain appropriate in their comments. What he has done is as bad or worse than anything that the two members of the Republican Party did when those situations were addressed by us.”
She’s referring to two former Delaware Republican Party leaders — Nelly Jordan, the former Sussex GOP vice chairwoman, and Chris Rowe, the former New Castle County GOP chairman — who were ousted last month after posting separate comments on Facebook that Brady, at the time, deemed “homophobic” and “anti-Semitic.”
Townsend is the Senate majority whip, making him one of the highest-ranking Democrats in the 21-person chamber.
The Democratic Party is standing behind Townsend, according to a Facebook post by Delaware Democratic Party Chairman Erik Raser-Schramm.
“Mr. Limbaugh has a long and sordid history of racism, and that President Trump saw fit to honor him with the nation’s highest civilian honor is the offensive part of this story,” said Raser-Schramm in an emailed statement to Delaware OnlineThe News Journal on Tuesday. “That Mr. Limbaugh is facing a grave cancer diagnosis is the sad part. We offer our thoughts and prayers.”
Letter to the Editor or Op Ed Submission/Commentary – Give him a Medal! – 2/14/20
As head of the Delaware Republicans, M. Jane Brady is entitled to her opinions, however wrong they may consistently be. She has called for the state Senate to take action concerning the posting by Senator Brian Townsend after the lawmaker posted a meme on social media likening conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh to a member of the Ku Klux Klan. They should indeed take action; they should give him an award!
It is a well-known fact that Mr. Limbaugh is a racist, and Senator Townsend and others should be commended for calling him out on it. We must fight racism wherever it raises its ugly head, especially when disguised as patriotism.
The presentation to Mr. Limbaugh of the Congressional Medal of Freedom , our nation’s highest honor bestowed on a civilian, by Mr. Trump, may have tarnished that award forever. It certainly was an embarrassment for America. M. Jane Brady would be well advised to adhere to the beliefs of most Americans, and not blindly follow and defend despicable speech and actions of her party’s national leaders!
Our State Legislature should create an “Honorable Outspoken Citizen Award”, to be presented to one person annually, and Senator Townsend should be its first recipient!
Ken Abraham, former prosecutor, founder of Citizens for Criminal JUSTICE, Dover. DE 302-423-4067