A Republican county official in Pennsylvania referred to NFL players protesting the national anthem as “baboons,” in a Facebook post last year.
According to the Beaver County Times, Carla Maloney, the secretary of the Republican Committee of Beaver County, blasted the players repeatedly on her since-removed Facebook account.
Posting under the name Carla Belich Fueller, Maloney wrote:
Tired of these over paid ignorant blacks telling me what I should believe in. I will tell you what I believe in and that is our Flag the National Anthem and America period end of story. You don’t like it here go to Africa see how you like it there. We are all Americans not African American not Hispanic American. WE ARE ALL AMERICAN.
Maloney took particular exception to the Steelers decision to remain in their locker room prior to their game against the Bears during Week 3 of the 2017 season:
Steelers are now just as bad as the rest of the over paid baboons. You respect your flag, country and our national anthem. How many men and women have lost limbs or died to protect this country and you baboons want respect.
If you want respect you need to earn it and so far you haven’t. Stop watching, or going to a game and paying for over priced food, water and tickets. Let’s see how the baboons get paid when white people stop paying their salaries.
Beaver County Republican Committee Chairman Chip Kohser was quick to point out that Maloney’s comments came before her appointment to committee secretary.
“Those comments do not reflect the opinions of the Republican Party as a whole,” Kohser told the Beaver County Times.
According to the Hill:
Maloney did not respond to the newspaper’s request for comment, and Kohser said he instructed her not to make any public statements.
He told the Times that while the executive committee could remove Maloney as secretary, they do not have the authority to remove her as an elected committeewoman.
“I will address this with her in the proper manner,” Committee Chairman Chip Kozher told BeaverCountain.com. “Obviously that banter is not how I believe and is not how I think the Republican Party as a whole believes. I need to hear her side of the story and investigate it myself. Our Executive Committee would then take whatever action appropriate.”
The NFL anthem protest controversy is headed into its third year, with no end in sight.
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