Dayton mayor calls for resignation of state lawmaker who blamed shooting on gay marriage, open borders

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Dayton, Ohio, Mayor Nan Whaley (D) on Tuesday condemned a state lawmaker who blamed the weekend’s mass shooting in the city on gay marriage, video games and open borders, calling for her resignation. 

“She just represents what is so disgusting about American politics today,” Whaley said in a Tuesday press conference regarding the “heartbreaking” comments made on Facebook by state Rep. Candice Keller (R).

{mosads}“I hope she resigns because that kind of hate does not — and there’s a lot of interesting stuff in the Ohio statehouse — but definitely that does not belong there,”  she added.

Whaley also praised the state’s Republican Party chairwoman for calling on Keller to resign. Whaley said that her community is about “inclusivity,” “diversity” and “bringing people together.”

Nine people were shot to death in Dayton over the weekend, and 22 people were killed in another mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. 

In a since-deleted Facebook post, Keller blamed the Dayton attack and other mass shootings on “the breakdown of the traditional American family” through gay marriage, transgender people and “drag queen advocates” as well as violent video games, “fatherlessness,” recreational marijuana use and “open borders.”

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