Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Outrage Over Republican Email With Obama Zombie Graphic

Top Republicans in Virginia are strongly condemning a Halloween-themed graphic circulated by a local GOP committee Monday that depicted President Obama as a zombie with a gunshot wound to his head.
The depiction of President Obama as a "zombie" with a bullet hole in his forehead was part of the illustration in email sent to members of the Loudoun County Republican committee asking them to help decorate a float for the Halloween parade in Leesburg. The image, featured on the email header, included photos of a disfigured House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and a throng of flesh-hungry zombie Obama supporters.

The image of Obama, which features a large bloody gunshot wound above his right eye, was first reported Monday by Too Conservative, a right-leading Virginia political blog that accused Loudoun County Republicans of going "WAY too far."
Other top Republicans in the state quickly agreed.
"The disgusting image used today on a mass email has no place in our politics," Pat Mullins, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, said in a statement to reporters, per the Washington Post's Anita Kumar. The party, he said, "condemns the image and its use in the strongest possible terms."
Meanwhile, Virginia Gov. Bob O'Donnell, through a spokesman, called the graphic "shameful and offensive" and called on the committee to apologize.
Even before the last float made its way down King Street Mark Sell, chairman of the Loudoun County Republican Committee issued a statement saying the depiction of the President "represented a light-hearted attempt to inject satire humor into the Halloween holiday. Apparently, some individuals have interpreted an image of Barack Obama that appeared within the email as intending to portray the President as a victim of a violent crime. Nothing could be further from the truth, and we deeply and sincerely apologize to the President and anyone who viewed the image if that was the impression that was left."
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