Report: Virginia GOP Official Resigns Over Facebook Muslim Comment
WASHINGTON (WNEW) — A Virginia GOP official reportedly resigned from his position after questioning on social media whether Muslims contributed anything to America.
Republican Party Treasurer Bob Fitzsimmonds did not apologize for his comment when he called President Barack Obama’s Ramadan statement “nonsense” on Facebook.
“To mark the end of Ramadan, on Sunday, Obama released a statement thanking Muslim Americans ‘for their many achievements and contributions….to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy,’” Fitzimmonds wrote on Facebook. “It is one thing to be gracious on religous holidays, but this is pure nonsense. Exactly what part of our nation’s fabric was woven by Muslims? What about Sikhs, Animists, and Jainists? Should we be thanking them too?”
Fitzsimmonds distributed his resignation letter Wednesday night to GOP party officials.
“It seems that no matter how careful I might be, I will periodically give occasion for others to portray the party in a bad light, so long as I am a party official,” Fitzsimmonds wrote in a letter to the state GOP’s central committee, The Washington Post reported. “After discussion with several party leaders it seems clear that I will either need to stop posting on social media or step down from my party office.”
Fitzsimmonds will vacate his position once the party finds a replacement for him.This isn’t the first time the Republican has been in hot water for Facebook posts. Back in February he apologized for referring to a female congressional candidate with a slang term for genitalia.
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