A Donald Trump delegate was sent home to Illinois after using a racial slur in a Facebook post suggesting police should shoot black protesters.
Lori Gayne, a delegate from the Fifth Congressional District, posted a photo of law enforcement officers standing on the roof of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, along with a racist caption, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.
“Our brave snipers just waiting for some N—- to try something. Love them,” Gayne posted.
Gayne, who used an abbreviation for the racial slur, admitted to the newspaper that she had made the post using a different name.
Tim Schneider, the Illinois GOP chairman, said Gayne’s convention credentials had been revoked over the racist comments, which the delegate brought to his attention after she was contacted by a newspaper reporter.
“The Illinois Republican Party has zero tolerance for racism of any kind and threats of violence against anyone,” Schneider said.
Gayne offered her “deepest apology” for the post, which she said sounded more racist than she intended.
“The statements do not reflect my character or feelings toward minorities,” she said. “As a Jewish woman, I know that racism of any kind is unjustifiable and hurtful, even when it’s not intended. I also know that violence is never the answer to political disagreements.”
Gayne, a former Internet talk show host who says she voted for President Barack Obama in 2008, sometimes goes by the name “whitepride” on social media.
“With all the racism going on today, I’m very proud to be white,” she told the Chicago Tribune in May. “Just like black people are proud to be black and now, as white people, whenever we say something critical we’re punished as if we’re racists. I’m tired of it. I’m very proud.”
“I’m so angry I don’t even feel like I live in America,” Gayne added. “You can call me a racist. Black Lives Matter? Those people are out of control.”
Gayne explained to the newspaper why Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” was very appealing to her.
“(He’s) taking America back to where we were in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s,” she said.