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IL GOP apologizes for County Chairman Facebook post. Would these Varvel comics pass?




CHICAGO – Indy Star cartoonist Gary Varvel's work is shared on Facebook and re-Tweeted thousands of times every day. He's well-known for mocking the Radical Left and bringing smiles to conservatives voters nationwide. In July alone, Varvel took on the Left, the Iranian tyrant Ali Khamenei, and yes, even the four Democrat Congresswomen that have slammed the USA, the Jewish nation, the US Border Patrol, Homeland Security – just to name a few. 

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Varvel's sense of humor is one that is celebrated among those repulsed by attacks on the US and the Trump Administration's "America First" policy. It's fair game to make fun of those focused on tearing down the country, demoralizing patriots and attacking US allies. Or is it? 


Over the weekend, the Illinois Republican Party's County Chairman Association posted on their Facebook page a graphic ridiculing the "Squad" as they call themselves – beginning reportedly last November, when NY Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez posted the following photo on Instagram: 

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The "Squad" consists of four first time Congress members that call themselves "women of color" – Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.; and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.

The four have the largest social media following among new Congress members – and they have used that following to promote radical Leftist views among the 20-something and younger crowd. The Leftist media follow them faithfully and report on their comments, activities and efforts, drumming up more and more support. 

The four want President Trump impeached, investments in Jewish enterprises to cease, immigration obstacles removed and conservatives silenced. President Trump mentioned the four in a tweet last week saying they should leave America if they don't like it, rather than publicly demean the nation as they do. He followed up his thoughts in a speech last week and the crowd called, "Send her back!"

The "Send her back!" outcry from the audience created outrage among the Leftist elitist media, the Democrats grabbed hold and the debate grew. Someone that has access to the Illinois Republican Party County Chairmen Association's Facebook Page jumped on the controversy posting this: 

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The posting of the meme created outrage among Leftist media sources such as "Think Progress," MSN News, and USA Today.  Local Chicago media have picked up the story, all shaming the Republican group. 

And the Republicans apologized. 

First, IL GOP Chairman Tim Schneider apologized. “I strongly condemn evoking race or religion as the basis for political disagreement. The recent social media post coming from the IRCCA does not reflect my values or the Illinois Republican Party’s values. Bigoted rhetoric greatly distracts from legitimate and important policy debates and further divides our nation.

"My intense disagreement with the socialist policies and anti-semitic language of these four congresswomen has absolutely nothing to do with their race or religion. I urge everyone who also opposes them to keep the rhetoric focused on policy and political ideology.”

So did Cook County GOP Chairman Sean Morrison. 

“As the Chairman of the largest Republican County organization in the State of Illinois, I am appalled by most recent post on the Facebook page of the Illinois Republican County Chairman’s Association and their use of hateful rhetoric, and I am calling on them to immediately remove this post.
"There are civil ways to express political differences that do not involve going to racist extremes. The Illinois Republican County Chairman’s Association’s post only serves to further the hateful divide within our country, when we should instead strive for an intelligent, civil and thoughtful discussion of the philosophical differences between Republicans and Democrats."
Mark Shaw is the president of the Illinois Republican County Chairman’s Association and he’s in charge of the Facebook page. Shaw was quoted on MSN news as saying the image was not authorized to be posted and he’s sorry if anyone was offended.
The question we have for Schneider, Morrison and Shaw – would you apologize for the Gary Varvel comics at the top of this post? Or would they pass as okay to post on the IL GOP County Chairman's Facebook Page? If not, what CAN the Republicans do to bring humor to a dire growing anti-American political environment in nationwide and here in Illinois?
We look forward to posting their responses on Illinois Review. 


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  1. Rich Miller is all over this Facebook post (now that his rant against a Southern Country Rock Band is passe’). Not surprisingly, Miller never calls out the Squad for their outrageous behavior and open antisemitism.

  2. Proof once again how GUTLESS the Illinois State GOP organization is.
    Is it any wonder why Republicans lose state-wide elections in Illinois?
    We need a FIGHTER in Congress, that’s why I will support Jeanne Ives.
    Wanna bet the Illinois state GOP “establishment” will push for her female primary opponent, Rauner’s candidate for Lt. Governor?

  3. The squad of progressive Democrats have declared political war against those who oppose their socialist policies. There tool is name calling. Had I used the word “jihad” in that first sentence, I would have been called a racist right? Do you see how name calling works?

  4. We are better thank this. Even if they are not. Mimicking the behavior of leftists isn’t being “tough” or “strong”, it’s being lazy. Reflecting evil is never acceptable. If you believe in Jesus and believe his words, then you cannot honestly square republican behavior by taking on the cloak of leftist behavior. Unless you can show me the example where Christ was so angry he became a Pharisee. And turning over the money changers table was not mimicking the money changers

  5. No apology is needed (or should be sent). It is tongue in cheek political humor. If their skin is that thin (regardless of it’s color) , then they shouldn’t have run for political office. The four women that are determined that Trump should suffer a thousand paper cuts from them should be sitting astride horses with the caption below their photo “The Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse”.

  6. Rich Miller is a nasty little intolerant illiberal liberal. AKA fascist.
    He constantly bans intelligent thoughtful comments that do not jive with his Leftist views.
    The attack them out of context and then refuse any rebuttal.
    He is a spoiled little narcissistic child who has the only football in his little neighborhood and when he is losing he takes it runs home.
    Republicans and conservatives need to take him on and expose him for what he is.

  7. Some Republicans lack moral values like our Rauner. He supports the values of Madigan, Cullerton and Pritzker. They all support the killing of our future. A baby born in Illinois can be killed by abortion.
    We need to apologize for supporting a baby killer like Rauner.
    In the future all our candidates should believe in God and support the Ten Commandments of God given to us by Moses.
    Love Saves Lives
    Carl Lambrecht

  8. If you hold everyone to Jesus standards there isn’t a political party or political candidate in the history of the world worth supporting.
    This is called satire. Sure, Jesus would not approve of satire, either. But as fallen humans we do the best we can and satire has generally been accepted. Except when a handful of anti-American lunatics are the target, apparently.
    Luke 16:1-15

  9. Mr. “O”, in my opinion, your 1st two sentences were “right on.” After that I disagree with respect to Ives being a fighter and a leader. There is no fire in her belly, no intensity, and she looks like she just crawled out of bed, and her only issue seems to be pro life. On the other hand she would be better than anything your previously mentioned miscreants could ever hope to offer.

  10. One final point regarding those EXCELLENT graphics: the shame isn’t with the artist or those who posted them. The shame is on the republican party for having and supporting gutless leaders who apologize for exposing and striking back as the evilness of the dumbocrat party. And for Shaw to hide behind his stand he didn’t know the graphics were posted on a website he controls, is absolute absurdity.

  11. Miller profited by the decline of major newspapers. When the downsizing began and the dailies folded or reduced their Springfield bureaus, his gossip sheet filled the vacuum.
    Rauner could have helped the situation by forbidding state employees to subscribe to Miller’s tip sheet with government funds.