A Republican official in Florida is facing calls to resign over messages she posted on Twitter about riots in Ferguson and police officer Darren Wilson.
“A suggestion for Ferguson- fire hoses. Grt big fire hoses, serious water pressure. Kn0ck those thugs over. They probly need a shower anyway [sic],” Duval County Republican Party secretary Kim Crenier tweeted on Monday night.
She also reportedly described Obama as “President Race-Baiter” while he was addressing the Ferguson decision, and tweeted from @JaxGOP: “Ferguson, MO. No true bill! May God bless and protect Officer Darren Wilson and his family. Facts are facts.” The profile is not an official Republican Party account.
“When you put it into context there is nothing sinister,” Crenier told Fox 30 Action News.
After a grand jury declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of black teen Michael Brown, some angry protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, smashed shop windows and set businesses and cars ablaze. Crenier said she was just suggesting ways to control the unruly protesters.
“There’s no malice, I’m not a racist,” Crenier said.
Pastor R.L. Gundy, however, disagreed.
“That’s insensitive, it’s racist,” Gundy said of Crenier’s tweet. “To make a comment like ‘thugs’ you might as well call somebody a n*****.”
Gundy has called on the Florida Republican Party to fire Crenier over the “insensitive” and “racist” tweet.
But Crenier said she is just a volunteer, and has apologized for the tweet.
“I’m not paid, taxpayer funded or anything,” she told News 4 Jax. “I’m a volunteer. Enough is enough. Why is this news? I have apologized for the insensitivity of the fire hose comment.”
Crenier claimed she was having a conversation on Twitter about the rioting, and that other people were suggesting police use teargas and rubber bullets. Her “why not use a fire hose?” response was supposed to be tongue-in-cheek, she said.
“What I was responding to was not reported, so it looks really bad.”
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