A county GOP official in Pennsylvania wrote Facebook posts last year that repeatedly called NFL players who kneeled in protest during the national anthem “baboons.”
Carla Maloney, secretary of the Republican Committee of Beaver County, wrote the posts last year that were reported by the Beaver County Times on Thursday.
Maloney took to her personal Facebook page, under the name Carla Belich Fueller, to vent her frustration about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.
The Facebook page no longer exists, but county officials confirmed the posts to the paper.
“Tired of these over paid ignorant blacks telling me what I should believe in. I will tell you what I believe in and that is our Flag the National Anthem and America period end of story,” Maloney wrote. “You don’t like it here go to Africa see how you like it there. We are all Americans not African American not Hispanic American. WE ARE ALL AMERICAN.”
Maloney predicted that a civil war would start “soon[er] than later” and complained about “reverse racism.”
Her Facebook posts reportedly amplified after the Pittsburg Steelers remained in the locker room during the anthem before their Sept. 24, 2017, game in Chicago, and she reportedly called the players “baboons” multiple times.
“Steelers are now just as bad as the rest of the over paid baboons. You respect your flag, country and our national anthem. How many men and women have lost limbs or died to protect this country and you baboons want respect,” she wrote.
“If you want respect you need to earn it and so far you haven’t. Stop watching, or going to a game and paying for over priced food, water and tickets. Let’s see how the baboons get paid when white people stop paying their salaries,” she continued.
Chip Kohser, chairman of the Republican Committee of Beaver County, told the newspaper that the Facebook posts predate Maloney's time as the secretary of the committee.
“Those comments do not reflect the opinions of the Republican Party as a whole,” Kohser said.
Maloney did not respond to the newspaper's request for comment, and Kohser said he instructed her not to make any public statements.
He told the Times that while the executive committee could remove Maloney as secretary, they do not have the authority to remove her as an elected committeewoman.
Committee Chairman Chip Kozher told BeaverCountian.com that the posts would be investigated.
“I will address this with her in the proper manner,” he said. “Obviously that banter is not how I believe and is not how I think the Republican Party as a whole believes. I need to hear her side of the story and investigate it myself. Our Executive Committee would then take whatever action appropriate.”
President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden: Those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas should be prosecuted Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Hackers are making big money MORE frequently attacks NFL players who kneel, claiming earlier this month that they “wanted to show their ‘outrage’ at something that most of them are unable to define.”
Trump also has called for protesting players to be suspended without pay.
Maloney, an avid Trump supporter, appeared on CNN’s “The Van Jones Show” last month to discuss immigration.
She identified herself as a Trump supporter and not a county committee officer.
Maloney said during the discussion that Americans should care for other Americans first, before worrying about undocumented immigrants.
“What about the black community that has one father or one mother?” she asked, according to the newspaper.