Ohio lawmaker blames ‘drag queen advocates,’ video games and Obama for shootings

An Ohio Republican state lawmaker on Sunday blamed mass shootings in the US on former President Barack Obama, “fatherlessness,” video games and “drag queen advocates” following two shootings this weekend in Texas and Ohio that left more than 30 dead. The state’s Republican Party is now calling for her resignation.

The comments from state Rep. Candice Keller – whose district is close to Dayton, Ohio, where a gunman opened fire early Sunday in a popular downtown area, leaving nine dead – were made in a now-deleted Facebook post on her personal account after the Ohio massacre occurred, according to the Dayton Daily News. The Dayton shooting, as well as a weekend attack in El Paso, Texas, have reignited a national discussion about the causes of gun violence.

“After every mass shooting, the liberals start the blame game. Why not place the blame where it belongs?” the Republican wrote, before going on to list nearly a dozen things she said were to blame for mass shootings.

“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,” Keller wrote in the post.

Along with other things she said were behind the violence, Keller placed blame on “disrespect to law enforcement (thank you, Obama)” and “the Dem Congress, many members whom are openly anti-Semitic.”

Keller told the Dayton Daily News that she posted something to her private Facebook page and that the statement “sounded like part of her posting but she couldn’t be sure if it had been altered.” CNN has reached out to Keller for comment.

Ohio Republican Party chairwoman Jane Murphy Timken called on the GOP state lawmaker to step down from her Butler County seat on Monday, saying Keller’s post was “shocking.”

“While our nation was in utter shock over the acts of violence in El Paso and Dayton, Republican State Representative Candice Keller took to social media to state why she thought these acts were happening. Candice Keller’s Facebook post was shocking and utterly unjustifiable,” Timken said in a statement to CNN. “Our nation is reeling from these senseless acts of violence and public servants should be working to bring our communities together, not promoting divisiveness. I am calling on Candice Keller to resign.”

Butler County Democratic Party Chairman Brian Hester also said Keller is unfit to hold her office, telling the Dayton Daily News that the state lawmaker “loves to fan the flames and play the role of victim here, not the nine people who were killed.”

“She is an embarrassment to her party, to conservatives, to Butler County and to the state Legislature,” he said.

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones echoed that sentiment in an interview with The Washington Post, calling Keller’s rhetoric “shameful.”

Chris Seelbach, a Democratic member of the Cincinnati City Council who said a number of the identities criticized by Keller applied to him, tweeted the phone number to Keller’s office alongside an apparent screenshot of the post and urged Twitter users to “let her know what you think.”

On Monday, President Donald Trump sought to blame the media for the weekend’s rampages, saying coverage has “contributed greatly to the anger and rage that has built up over many years,” even though the President’s rhetoric — including calling illegal immigration an “infestation” — has been scrutinized in the wake of the El Paso shooting, in which the alleged shooter is believed to have authored a racist, anti-immigrant document targeting Hispanics.

Speaking at the White House later Monday, Trump, like Keller, cited video games as one of the reasons behind mass shootings in the US, saying, “We must stop the glorification of violence in our society.”

“This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace,” said Trump, who has previously expressed an openness to tougher action on gun control only to back away under pressure from Second Amendment activists and the gun lobby.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, made similar comments on Sunday, telling Fox News that video games “dehumanize individuals to have a game of shooting individuals and others.”

“I’ve always felt that is a problem for future generations and others. We’ve watched from studies shown before of what it does to individuals. When you look at these photos of how it took place, you can see the actions within video games and others,” McCarthy said.

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12 comments

  • Monica

    So free speech only counts when it agrees with the media and govermments political agenda. This is exactly why this country is in so much trouble. You can’t even speak your mind anymore no matter how right you are.

  • steve

    We need several million more people in our country that think like her, especially members of the Republican party. The pathetic, gutless morons that want her to resign are nothing more than lap dogs that will suck up to the Democrats at the drop of a hat, and to say they are disgusting would be putting it mildly.

  • Wings

    This just shows you how people are are messed up.
    This lawmaker is one of them, NO way should the blame be put on President Obama
    These shootings are the blame of #45 who is a racist, and a Lier
    #45 does not care about anything or anybody but himself
    Impeach the idiot
    The far right should enjoy #45 last 16 months or less in office as he is finished. Even the idiot stated “IF I Win “ which he will not
    Vote Democrats to bring this country back to the people

  • Dan Smith

    She’s totally wrong, and it’s idiots like you and her that proporgate this mindless, blathering dribble which is why these shootings will never stop.

    Fox news has you so brainwashed that you’ll blame every thing and every one other than the person(s) and platform(s) in which hate speech is blasted 24/7, under the guise of dog whistles.

  • ok

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A Twitter account appearing to be from the gunman who killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio, showed tweets labeling himself a “leftist,” bemoaning the election of President Donald Trump, supporting Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren and encouraging people to cut fences of immigrant detention centers.

  • Enemy of the Ignorant

    More of the same blather from morons looking for something to blame- video games, the media, blah blah blah. The same crap has been spewed by these mensa candidates for years. The guy was a nutjob whose condition went unchecked, and boom. These politicians who divide and conquer the rest of the ignorant rabble who pollute this country always latch onto this crap with their wedge issues, then stick their hands in the pockets of the public while they’re distracting them with this white noise. Left and right only signifies which pocket that they have their hand in. Congratulations, ‘merca. The descent into an idiocracy continues…

  • EI

    More of the same blather from morons looking for something to blame- video games, the media, blah blah blah. The same crap has been spewed by these mensa candidates for years. The guy was a nutjob whose condition went unchecked, and boom. These politicians who divide and conquer the rest of the ignorant rabble who pollute this country always latch onto this crap with their wedge issues, then stick their hands in the pockets of the public while they’re distracting them with this white noise. Left and right only signifies which pocket that they have their hand in. Congratulations, ‘merca. The descent into an idiocracy continues…

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