We hesitated before posting this picture. We still aren’t comfortable doing it. However, there is no way to convey the inappropriateness without the visual. We are going to post this montage for 24 hours, with reservations, and then take it down so as not to further contribute to something we don’t approve of. Update: as an alternative, we took the President out of the picture.
Congratulations to Loudoun Insider for calling out the Loudoun County Republican Party for their inappropriate Halloween montage featuring President Obama with a bullet hole in his head. According to Too Conservative Blog:
LCRC Goes WAY Too Far
By Loudoun Insider
This cartoon montage just arrived as part of an LCRC email blast. I am no fan of Barack Obama, but putting up a photo of him as a zombie with a bullet hole in his head???????????? Like him or not he is the legitimately elected the President of the United States and Commander in Chief of our armed services in a time of war. THIS IS DISGUSTING AND SHAMEFUL. Someone should send this to the US Secret Service.
WTOP.com printed that Governor McDonnell went on record opposing the depiction of such violence and said forcefully that it wasn’t to happen again:
Gov. Bob McDonnell, through spokesman J. Tucker Martin, called on the Loudoun GOP to “apologize for their actions, and to immediately ensure that such imagery is never used again.”
Virginia GOP Chairman Pat Mullins said such an image “has no place in our politics. Ever.”
Loudoun County GOP chairman Mark Sell said in an email response to The Associated Press that the graphic was “a light-hearted attempt to inject satire humor into the Halloween holiday.”
Chairman Sell needs to grow up and exercise some judgement if that is what he thinks. Remember how appalled most of us were when some reporter threw a shoe at President Bush? Many of those who were outraged weren’t Republicans. They were Americans who had seen their president threatened. I think the same sentiment leaps out at us here.