Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has known as for the resignation of a county GOP chair who posted a conspiracy theory that the dying of George Floyd was staged.
Nueces County GOP Chair Jim Kaelin, a former sheriff within the county, shared the conspiracy theory — which mentioned the dying was staged to hurt Trump with Black voters — to Fb, freelance reporter James M. Russell reported.
“Fascinating perspective: Staged Occasion? These officers have been concerned with one thing, I’m unsure precisely what, however one thing is simply not including up,” the publish begins.
“I feel there may be on the very least the ‘risk’, that this was a filmed public execution of a black man by a white cop, with the aim of creating racial tensions and driving a wedge within the rising group of anti deep state sentiment from frequent individuals.”
Abbott’s workplace informed the Corpus Christi Caller-Instances that Floyd’s dying was a “crime and an act of police brutality.”
“Spreading conspiracy theories that the homicide was staged merely defies actuality; it’s irresponsible, and unbecoming of anybody who holds a place within the GOP,” a spokesman for the governor informed the Caller-Instances.
Kaelin’s publish comes after Abbott and different Republicans within the state known as for the resignation of Bexar County GOP chair Cynthia Brehm — who refused to resign for posting the identical feedback, the Texas Tribune reported.
Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick slammed the feedback as racist on Twitter.
“Cynthia Brehm should resign now, as we speak. There isn’t any excuse for this outrageous, ignorant racist message made worse by utilizing her place as an area occasion chief to unfold it.”
Republican U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn have additionally known as for her resignation, the outlet reported.
Brehm has since deleted her publish however Kaelin’s stays up on Fb, experiences mentioned.