Illinois Democrat loses job over Wisconsin parade 'karma' comment
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Publishing date:Nov 23, 2021 • 14 hours ago • 1 minute read • Join the conversation
Former social media manager for Democratic Party in DuPage County.
Former social media manager for Democratic Party in DuPage County. PHOTO BY MARY LEMANSKI /Twitter
A Democrat in Illinois is out of a job after likening the Christmas parade tragedy in Waukesha, Wis. , to the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse .
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Mary Lemanski, the social media manager for the Democratic Party in DuPage County, was reportedly removed from her position after she posted tweets in which she compared the driver of the SUV that plowed through the parade to Rittenhouse.
“It was probably just self-defense #Wisconsin #Kyle Rittenhouse,” Lemanski tweeted, after the driver killed at least five people and injured at least 48 others, reported the Chicago Tribune.
Her sarcastic tweet stemmed from the acquittal of Rittenhouse, who was found not guilty of fatally shooting two men and injuring a third during August 2020 civil unrest that followed the police killing of a black man.
In a follow-up, she added, “I’m sad anytime anyone dies. I just believe in karma and this came around quick on the citizens of Wisconsin.”
Lemanski later deleted the posts, but the screen shots lived on.
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Ken Mejia-Beal, chair of the DuPage Democratic Party, said Lemanski was “let go” shortly after he became aware of her comments, reported the paper.
“We don’t applaud or celebrate tragedy,” Meija-Beal said. “This was a tragedy. These were folks that were out at a joyous occasion, having a great time at a beautiful and festive time of the year. We, as a party, disavow Mary’s Twitter comments, the sentiment behind them. We are with the victims of this tragedy.”
Jim Zay, the chairman of the DuPage County Republicans, issued a statement that he was “shocked and outraged” by Lemanski’s tweets.
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According to the Tribune, Lemanski wrote on social media that she had received threatening messages for her tweets.
She acknowledged that her tweets “were not in good taste,” and that she had resigned. She has since deleted her Twitter account.
Ken Mejia-Beal, the chair of the DuPage Democratic Party, said Mary Lemanski was let go shortly after he became aware of her Twitter comments.
A Democrat in Illinois is out of a job after likening the Christmas parade tragedy in Waukesha, Wis., to the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse.