Republican Lawmaker Under Fire For ‘Racist’ Obama Facebook Posts Blames Republican Peer Pressure
A Republican councilman in Poplar Bluff, Missouri has apologized for posting racist photos and memes of President Obama on his Facebook page and says he just got “caught up” in sharing similar images with Republican colleagues.
The photos reportedly depicted Obama as a witch doctor and other racist images.
“To come from a city council [member], a city government official, this is highly unthought of, even in Poplar Bluff, Missouri,” Reverend Tommy Robinson said to Councilman Peter Tinsley at a city council meeting on Monday. “I’m highly upset over this, along with the residents of our ward.”
“I apologize from the bottom of my heart,” Tinsley replied. “At one time, I was a very active Republican, very opposed to Obama.”
On Tuesday, Tinsley continued to apologize, saying, “I want people to know that I am very remorseful for it. It was inappropriate. I believe I got caught up in an emotional moment of sharing jokes. It seemed funny at the time but today it’s very serious and it’s not funny at all.”
Eddy Justice, the chairman of the Butler County Republicans, said Tinsley’s posts do not represent his party.
“It even got more intense when he proceeded to blame the Republican party for him thinking like that,” Justice said. “Republicans believe everyone should be judged on their qualifications, on their ability.”
“We want to see more positive outcomes and that really validates an individual apology,” Rev. Robinson said. “We are looking for the same thing that the church would be looking for and that is healing and restoration.”