Note to Republicans: Racist â€œhumor,â€ the Internet, and political ambitions donâ€™t mix. Audra Shay, vice chairman of the Young Republicans and the leading candidate to be elected its chairman on Saturday, is now the latest in a growing list of GOP officials learning this lesson the hard way, based on pictures of a now-deleted Facebook page obtained by The Daily Beast.
â€œThis is still Americaâ€¦ freedom of speech and thought is still allowedâ€¦ for now any waysâ€¦ and the last time i checked I was a good ole southern boyâ€¦ and if yur ass is black donâ€™t let the sun set on it in a southern townâ€¦â€
On Wednesday, Shayâ€”a 38-year-old Army veteran, mother, and event planner from Louisiana who has been endorsed by her governor, Bobby Jindalâ€”was holding court on her Facebook page, initiating a political conversation by posting that â€œWalMart just signed a death warrantâ€ by â€œendorsing Obamaâ€™s healthcare plan.â€ At 1:52, a friend named listed as Eric S. Piker, but whose personal page says his actual name is Eric Pike, wrote â€œItâ€™s the government making us commiesâ€¦ canâ€™t even smoke in my damn carâ€¦ whats next they going to issue toilet paper once a monthâ€¦ tell us how to wipe our assesâ€¦â€
Two minutes later, Piker posted again saying â€œObama Bin Lauden [sic] is the new terroristâ€¦ Muslim is on there side [sic]â€¦ need to take this country back from all of these mad coonsâ€¦ and illegals.â€
Eight minutes after that, at 2:02, Shay weighed in on Pikerâ€™s comments: â€œYou tell em Eric! lol.â€
The republicans would be much better served by dropping these types. It’s destroying the party. Maybe they’ll have to go the way of the Whigs and the dodo, while giving birth to a not-so-zealous fringe block of voters. Go Go Political Evolution!