The DuPage Democratic Party’s social media director fired over the tweets of the Waukesha Parade
The DuPage County Democrats fired their social media director after “callous and objectionable” posts comparing the driver who plunged into a Christmas parade outside Milwaukee on Sunday – killing five and wounding 40 – with Kyle Rittenhouse.
“It was probably just self-defense,” Mary Lemanski tweeted on Sunday on her personal Twitter account, according to posts republished by Fox News.
“When he lived in Wisconsin, he probably felt threatened,” Lemanski tweeted of the SUV driver.
The tweets, which have since been deleted, were a derisive reference to the defense strategy of Rittenhouse, who was acquitted of murder on Friday after killing two men and injuring a third in a protest against Black Lives Matter in Kenosha last year.
In later posts, Lemanski expressed grief over Sunday’s tragedy in Waukesha, Wis.
“I’m sad,” she said. “I’m sad every time someone dies.”
“I just believe in karma, and that was quick to get past the Wisconsin people.”
She also tweeted, “You reap what you sow, Wisconsin.”
Police debris left after a driver plowed into the Christmas parade on Main Street in downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin. Jim Vondruska / Getty Images
Lemanski could not be reached for comment.
On Monday, DuPage Democratic Party leader Ken Mejia-Beal said in an email statement, “The DuPage Democratic Party immediately severed all ties with Mary Lemanski [it] became aware of their callous and reprehensible contributions “,
Mejia-Beal continued: “She does not speak for us and we clearly reject her statements about the tragic events in Waukesha yesterday. We as a party denounce violence of all kinds. Our thoughts and prayers go with the families who have been affected by this heinous act that has shocked and saddened us all. ”
Ken Mejia-Beal took part in a Sun Times advertising interview last September during his unsuccessful campaign for a seat in the state house.
DuPage County’s Republican Chairman Jim Zay said in a statement: “I am shocked and outraged that a spokesman for the DuPage County’s Democratic Party is frivoling the tragic loss of life in Waukesha.”
In a phone interview with the Sun-Times, Mejia-Beal said Lemanski had worked part-time as a social media director for several years.
Mejia-Beal said he spoke to Lemanski on Monday morning.
“Really not much has been said. … She really didn’t explain much to me. There’s not really much to explain, ”said Mejia-Beal, who just took over the DuPage County’s Democratic Party on November 1st.
“We 100% disagree with the words she used and it was better for her not to be part of this organization,” he said.
Lemanski expressed her regret for her comments, which were “not in good taste,” in a post on the Facebook page of the Democratic Party DuPage, which has now been deleted, and said she had resigned.
It is not the first time Mejia-Beal has called someone for inappropriate language.
Last year, Mejia-Beal, who is black and gay, called Republican State MP Amy Grant, whom he was trying to oust at the time, about her comments on a secretly taped phone conversation.
State Rep. Amy Grant, R-Wheaton, participated in a Sun Times advocacy interview last year. Screen image.
The Democrats held a press conference at the time to play parts of their comments.
In one clip, Grant said Mejia-Beal was “just another person from Cook County”.
“The only thing we need is another person in the Black Caucus,” Grant said in a clip.