There was never any doubt in anyone’s mind that the 2020 election was going to get ugly. This was the sort of contest that brings out the worst in us, as two politically polar forces stare each other down from opposite ends of the ballot box.
And we’ve already grown accustomed to some of the taunts and allegations that we knew were coming – largely, that President Trump is some sort of supreme bigot who’s attempting to foment the resurgence of white supremacy in our nation. Heck, we’ve even endured constant comparisons of Trump to Adolph Hitler, which is as lazy as it is hyperbolic.
The unfortunate truth of the matter is that they aren’t just going after the President himself anymore, but also his supporters.
A New Jersey mayor has come under fire for a private Facebook post that condemned President Donald Trump and likened his supporters to “religious zealots” who want to “enact the Christian version of Sharia law.”
The post, allegedly from Flemington Mayor Betsy Driver, was shared Saturday on the Hunterdon GOP’s website.
“This is day one of the new SCOTUS terms – the religious zealots want to enact the Christian version of Sharia law,” the post reads. “If you voted for the orange monster with COVID, go f— yourself. If you plan on voting for him again, unfriend me and go f— yourself again.”
The post was almost immediately met with condemnation from local politicians.
Hunterdon GOP Chair Gabe Plumer, who shared the post online, derided it as “shameful” and “insulting,” and called on Driver to resign.
“Your statement is antithetical to the principles of representative democracy,” Plumer wrote in a statement. “It is further proof that you do not represent the people of Flemington, the character of Hunterdon County, and the values of at least part of the Democrat party.”
Jack Ciattarelli, a former assemblyman and candidate for New Jersey Governor, tweeted Saturday that he joins “Chairman Plumer in calling for Driver’s resignation & (urges) leaders across our state to do the same.”
Driver has already stated that she has no intention of resigning, claiming that those complaining about her post were taking her “out of context”.