Missouri Official Blames His GOP Ties for His Racist Posts, Then Takes It Back
A local Missouri official is in hot water after it was revealed that he posted racist anti-Obama messages on his social media accounts.
On Monday night, Reverend Tommy Robinson called city councilman Peter Tinsley to task for his offensive posts during the Poplar Bluff council meeting.
“To come from a city council member, a city government official, this is highly unthought of, even in Poplar Bluff,” the Reverend said. “I’m highly upset over this, along with the residents of our ward.”
Robinson also called for Tinsley to apologize.
“We want to see some positive outcomes and that really validates an individual’s apology,” the Reverend continued,insisting Tinsley needed to show signs of ‘church-like’ genuine remorse.
In response, Tinsley replied that he knew the pics were offensive now, but he posted the messages because he was an active Republican at the time.
“At one time, I was a very active Republican, very opposed to Obama,” Tinsley said, trying to apologize for his mean-spirited posts. “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.”
While that may have gotten him out of one pickle though, his former Republican friends were not amused that he just called them all racists.
Chairman of the Butler County Republicans, Eddy Justice bashed Tinsley for trying to “blame the Republican Party for him thinking like that.”
“Republicans believe everyone should be judged on their qualifications, on their ability,” Justice stressed, pointing out that just because a person is Republican it does not give you a license to be an out-in-the-open racist.
So Tinsley ended up apologizing again, this time to the Republican Party.
“Anything that I have said, that I referred to the activity because I was a Republican, that is not true,” he said in his second act of remorse. “It’s not an excuse.”
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