Illinois County Democrat Party Social Media Director Blasted for Tweets: Waukesha Parade Murder ‘Just Self-Defense’

WAUKESHA, WI - NOVEMBER 21: Police and emergency personnel work on a crime scene on November 21, 2021 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. According to reports, an SUV drove through pedestrians at a holiday parade, killing at least one and injuring 20 more. (Photo by Jim Vondruska/Getty Images)
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The social media director of the Democrat Party of DuPage County, Illinois, has been blasted for her “reprehensible” tweets that the reason the black driver who mowed down dozens of people at the Waukesha, Wisconsin, Christmas parade was “probably just self-defense.”

Democrat operative Mary Lemanski was apparently trying to tie the Waukeshaw murders to the Kyle Rittenhouse trial by mocking Rittenhouse’s “not guilty” verdict and the fact that he was acquitted because he was defending himself.

The man arrested in Waukesha for using an SUV to run down dozens of parade goers, killing five, is a black man who fancies himself a Trump-hating rapper named Darrell E. Brooks, Jr. But replying to a story detailing the known facts about Brooks, Lemanksi Tweeted “It was probably just self-defense.”

Lemanski made matters worse when she  tweeted further that the Waukesha deaths were the “karma” of the people of Wisconsin.

The Democrat Party operative wrote, “I’m sad anytime anyone dies. I just believe in Karma and this came around quick on the citizens of Wisconsin.”

In yet another tweet, Lemanski went so far as to say that even little children in Wisconsin deserve death because of the Rittenhouse ruling. She wrote: “The blood of Kyle Rittenhouse’s victims is on the hands of Wisconsin citizens, even the children.”

Those were not the only outrageous tweets Lemanski wrote using claims about Rittenhouse as a way to mock Wisconsin for the deaths caused by Brooks, Fox News reported.

“Living in Wisconsin, he probably felt threatened,” Lemanski wrote in another tweet, referring to Brooks, adding, “I’m sure he didn’t want to hurt anyone. He came to help people.”

These are all claims used by Rittenhouse supporters to describe Kyle’s actions.

“You reap what you sow, Wisconsin,” she wrote in yet another post as she switched to condemnation for the people of Wisconsin because of the Rittenhouse verdict.

Lemanski also insisted, “It’s sad people died, but when you open the door to vigilante justice, everyone seems threatening.”

She revisited the “reaping what you sow” theme in another post alleging that the Wisconsinites who died in the Christmas parade massacre deserved what they got.

“Someone who believes in reaping what you sow. Wisconsin put that bad energy out there. It came back real fast,” she tweeted.

Lemanski was still listed as a current staffer of the DuPage Democrat Party on Monday, but by Tuesday morning, her name had disappeared from the party’s website.

DuPage County Republican Chairman Jim Zay said in a statement published by the Chicago Sun-Times: “I am shocked and outraged that a spokesperson for the DuPage County Democratic Party would make light of the tragic loss of life in Waukesha.”

On Monday evening, the DuPage Democrat Party issued a statement saying Lemanski was relieved of her duties with the party.

The Sun-Times also reported that DuPage County Chair Ken Mejia-Beal said: “The Democratic Party of DuPage County immediately severed all ties with Mary Lemanski once [it] became aware of her callous and reprehensible posts.”

Mejia-Beal added. “She does not speak for us and we unequivocally reject her statements about the tragic events that occurred yesterday in Waukesha.”

“We 100% do not agree with the words that she used, and it was better for her not to be a part of this organization,” Mejia-Beal told the paper during a phone interview separate from the released statement.

Darrell Brooks, who was arrested after the attack on the parade that killed five and injured more than 40 other parade goers, will next appear in court on Tuesday.

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