In the aftermath of the mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas over the weekend, Ohio State Representative Candice Keller took to Facebook to blame the violence on what she refers to as the "breakdown of the traditional American family," namely gay marriage, trans people, Barack Obama, the legalization of marijuana, violent video games, and more.
The lawmaker, who was elected in 2016, began her tone deaf rant by accusing Democrats of playing the "blame-game" in the wake of national tragedies of this nature. On her personal Facebook account, Keller rhetorically asked: “Why not place the blame where it belongs?”
The breakdown of the traditional American family (thank you, transgender, homosexual marriage, and drag queen advocates); fatherlessness, a subject no one discuses or believes is relevant; the ignoring of violent video games; the relaxing of laws against criminals (open borders); the acceptance of recreational marijuana; failed school policies (hello parents who defend misbehaving students); disrespect to law enforcement (thank you, Obama); hatred of our veterans (thank you, professional athletes who hate our flag and National Anthem); the Dem Congress, many members whom are open anti-Semitic; the culture, which totally ignores the importance of God and the church (until they elect a President); state officeholders, who have no interest whatsoever in learning about our Constitution and the Second Amendement; and snowflakes, who can’t accept a duly-elected President.
She concluded the post by writing, “Did I forget anybody? The list is long. And the fury will continue.”
Keller is from Middletown, a small city 30 miles from Dayton, where a gunman opened fire on the entertainment district over the weekend. Throughout her two-year stint in office, she has been accused of promoting a fanatical platform. She has spoken on a local podcast hosted by a known white supremacist, compared the Planned Parenthood logo to a swastika, and vehemently supported a Ohio bill which would have outlawed abortion and made it punishable by the death penalty.
During an interview with the Guardian in April, Keller compared the divide between slave states and free states during the civil war to the current ideological gap between states pushing anti-abortion legislation, and those that don't challenge women's constitutional rights.
Screenshots of Keller's most recent display of bigotry swiftly circulated on Twitter, given her initial post is thinly veiled behind private Facebook settings. You can view some of the responses below.