The graphic, posted on the Riverside County GOP Twitter page, was sent in response to another Twitter user who tweeted a picture of a man holding a “Republicans for Hillary” sign. The user asked where he cold get one.
In response, the page posted the graphic with the following caption: “sorry they never arrived but this is pretty popular.”
The tweet had been removed from the GOP account as of early Wednesday, and the official who posted it had resigned.
Nathan Miller, a local party official and aide to Board of Equalization member Diane Harkey, accepted responsibility for the tweet, and resigned. Miller worked as deputy district director for Harkey, organizing tax information events for local businesses.
“He had a lapse of judgment and offered his resignation. We accepted”
On Wednesday, in an email to the Press Enterprise shortly after the tweet was posted, Riverside County GOP Chairman Scott Mann said, “That meme is nothing more than political satire. It simply expresses how Ms. Clinton seemingly has gotten away with every scandal and political flip-flop in her public life – from classified e-mail and Benghazi to her changing positions on health care, TPP, NAFTA, gay marriage, etc.”
However, later the day, Mann had changed his tune. In an emailed statement late Wednesday afternoon, Mann said:
“I was made aware of derogatory Tweet this afternoon toward Secretary Clinton when the Press-Enterprise called me for comment. I was horrified and had the Tweet taken down immediately. While some may think it was political satire, it clearly has no place in American political dialogue.
“As Chairman of the Republican Party of Riverside County, I apologize to everyone and anyone who was offended by it. I have taken steps to ensure that the individual who posted the Tweet no longer has access and I can assure you the person responsible will be held accountable.”
Howard Katz, chairman of the Riverside County Democratic Party, called the tweet a dangerous provocation.