Republican Ohio politician’s weird, unguarded remarks about mass killings sparks furious backlash
State Rep. Candice Keller posted on Facebook that gay marriage, failed school policies and ‘snowflakes,’ among others, were to blame for mass shootings
Keller who is running for senate in 2020 on the GOP ticket said responsibility for the wave of mass shootings lies with ‘drag queen advocates, homosexual marriage, open borders and Obama’
Her remarks came just hours after a gunman opened fire in Dayton, Ohio, killing nine and injuring 27
politicians from both sides of the aisle in Ohio condemned Keller’s statements
Keller who has a history of making incendiary statements runs an anti-abortion resource center,
She once likened Planned Parenthood to Nazis and has appeared on a white supremacist’s radio show
A conservative Republican state lawmaker from Ohio has come under fire after posting a message on Facebook blaming mass shootings in America on, among a long list of things, ‘drag queen advocates,’ ‘homosexual marriage,’ ‘fatherlessness’ and even former President Barack Obama.
State Rep. Candice Keller, of Middletown in suburban Cincinnati, took to social on Sunday in the aftermath of a mass shooting in Dayton that claimed nine lives and left 27 people injured, and one day after a gunman opened fire inside a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killing 20 people.
‘After every mass shooting, the liberals start the blame game. Why not place the blame where it belongs?’ Keller, who is a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, wrote.
Connor Betts, [left], carried out the massacre in Ohio a day after 21-year-old Patrick Crusius [right] opened fire inside a crowded El Paso, Texas, Walmart notching a tally of 31 deaths and scores injured between the two mass shootings
Evidence markers of spent shell casings line the street at the scene of the deadly shooting in the Oregon District of Dayton, Ohio. Investigators counted 44 spent of the 250 rounds betts brought to the scene
Shoes, hats and other items are piled together outside a bar in Dayton on Sunday
She then went on to list some of the factors that, in her view, bear responsibility for mass shootings in the US: ‘The breakdown of the traditional American family (than you transgender, homosexual marriage, and drag queen advocates); fatherlessness, a subject no one discusses or believes is relevant; the ignoring of violent video games; the relaxing of laws against criminals (open borders); the acceptance of recreational marijuana; failed school policies (hello, parents who defend misbehaving students): disrespect of law enforcement (thank you, Obama); hatred of our veterans (thank you, professional athletes who hate our flag and National Anthem); the Dem Congress, many members whom [sic] are openly anti-Semitic; the culture, which totally ignores the importance of God and the church (until they elect a President); state officeholders, who have no interest whatsoever in learning about our Constitution and the Second Amendment; and snowflakes, who can’t accept a duly-elected President.’
Keller concluded her screed by writing: ‘did I forget anybody? The list is long. And the fury will continue.’
The state lawmaker, who also runs an anti-abortion pregnancy resource center, has since made her status update private, but not before it has begun circulating on social media.
Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Seelbach, a Democrat who is openly gay, shared a screenshot of Keller’s post on Twitter and urged his followers to call her office in Columbus, as Cincinnati Enquirer first reported.
Gut wrenching scenes outside El Paso Walmart where people were killed Saturday. Edie Hallberg [photo], grieves after learning her mother, Angie Englisbee, was killed in the shooting
Mourners gather at Sunday’s vigil for mass shooting victims in Dayton, Ohio
Distressed citizens mourn victims after the carnage that visited their community at a vigil in Dayton on Sunday
In 2017, she likened Planned Parenthood to Nazis and appeared on a white supremacy advocate’s radio show.
Keller is running for the Butler county seat in the Ohio Senate in 2020.
She recently said she’s stepping back from legislation proposing a tax benefit for donors to anti-abortion centers like hers. She is the is executive director of her center reportedly, making between $50,000 and $99,000 annually.