The GOP is eager to blame mass shootings on anything but guns. So, they’re rolling out thoughts and prayers, paying lip service to mental health, throwing back to their classic scapegoat of video games, and busting out some unexpected new targets, like feral hogs and drag queen advocates.
Ohio Republican state lawmaker Candice Keller earned national headlines over a Facebook post where she blamed plenty of things for the mass shootings that plague our nation. She represents a district close to Dayton, Ohio, where over the weekend a lone gunman murdered 9 people and injured 27 more. In response to the tragedy, Keller began by writing, “After every mass shooting, liberals start the blame game. Why not place the blame where it belongs?”
After blaming Democrats for starting the blame game, Keller went on to blame them for mass shootings, along with Obama, “the snowflakes,” video games, “fatherlessness,” open borders, protesting pro athletes who kneeled during the national anthem, “the breakdown of the traditional American family,” and “transgender, homosexual marriage, and drag queen advocates.”
Note: her list did not include lax gun laws.
Keller has since deleted the post, but USA Today has receipts:
In the wake of this homophobic, racist, transphobic, misogynistic, and otherwise ignorant post, Ohio Republican Party leader Jane Timken has called for Keller to resign. And she’s not alone. Here’s how drag queens have responded to the latest mass shootings and Keller’s comments:
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So many shootings and not a single solution or legislation mentioned. Just a bunch of “wasn’t us, but we stick together when things get rough & I’ll pray extra with you”🤦🏾♀️ So throw me back to 2007 when this photo was taken by @mrjolance “… till next mass shooting”, I said that yesterday sarcastically not knowing hours later there would be another one. 😢
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Are. You. Fucking. KIDDING ME?! So… what caused all the shootings before Gay Marriage? What caused the shootings before Drag Race was big?! Open Borders?! The shooter was a white guy from Ohio! Is Candice Keller (pictured) excusing his actions because he was so distraught by our country moving towards progress?! If anything is to blame, it’s the continued reinforcement of ignorance, bigotry, and hatred… OH! And the fact that our politicians would rather accept money from the NRA than protect the citizens they were elected to serve. Comments will be disabled, because if you think our country isn’t long overdue for strict and swift gun law reform, than you can spew that ass-backwards bullshit on your own page. #gunreformnow
Shangela also shared words of wisdom for renowned drag queen advocate Jenifer Lewis:
Finally, we close with Ohio’s own drag queen advocate Nina West (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s personal fave!), who has plenty to say on this matter. The pride of season 11 of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the uncontested Miss Congeniality set aside her crown and took off her earrings to go in on Keller. And she brought some friends along to put faces to “drag queen advocate.”
Oh, Candice Keller, you have poked the wrong queen.— Nina West (@NinaWest) August 5, 2019
There are so many things wrong with the statements this representative is making, let alone the disgusting timing of it all. Ms. Keller, your time is up. Resign. You are using this tragedy to further your political career and shift the conversation away… https://t.co/yWXILcQLo6— Nina West (@NinaWest) August 5, 2019
Again, Ms. Keller, your time is up. RESIGN. #ResignCandiceKeller— Nina West (@NinaWest) August 5, 2019
This is a time for queens, not cowards. Go, West!
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