A Virginia county Republican Party committee has come under fire for sending out an email with a picture of President Barack Obama with a bullet wound to his head.
The Loudoun County GOP committee sent an email inviting supporters to a Halloween parade with the picture of the President depicted as a zombie with part of his skull missing and a bullet through his head.
The Republican Governor Robert F. McDonnell told the Washington Post that the email is “shameful and offensive.”
McDonnell’s spokesperson said: “He calls on those involved to apologize for their actions and to immediately ensure that such imagery is never used again. The governor has long stressed the need for more civility and respect in our politics. An e-mail like this one undermines those goals, offends all Virginians and discredits our entire political process. It will not be tolerated.”
The chairman of the Loudoun County Republican Committee tried to down-play the significance of the photo, saying the email was “a light-hearted attempt to inject satire humor into the Halloween holiday.”
There was a time that Americans showed respect for the office of President of the United States. Now you have opponents sending out images depicting bullet holes in the President’s head. And they call it “light-hearted.” Ask Rep. Gabby Giffords if she thinks this is “light-hearted.”
Even during tense, partisan times during the Bush presidency, I don’t recall anyone sending out images of a bullet through George Bush’s head.