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Illinois county Democrat loses social media manager job over Waukesha, Rittenhouse tweets

A social media manager for the Democratic Party in DuPage County in Illinois was removed from the job for tweets comparing the driver of an SUV that barreled through a Christmas parade in Wisconsin to Kyle Rittenhouse. 

“It was probably just self-defense #Wisconsin #Kyle Rittenhouse,” Mary Lemanski tweeted of Sunday’s violence in Waukesha that killed five people and injured more than 40 others, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Her tweet was a nod to 18-year-old Rittenhouse’s acquittal for all the charges he faced after he fatally shot two people and injured another during protests last summer in Kenosha, Wis., just more than 50 miles from Waukesha.

“I’m sad. I’m sad anytime anyone dies. I just believe in Karma and this came around quick on the citizens of Wisconsin,” Lemanski said in another tweet, per the Tribune.

Ken Mejia-Beal, chairman of the DuPage Democratic Party, said in a statement on Twitter that the party “immediately severed all ties” with Lemanski upon finding out about her “callous and reprehensible posts.”

“She does not speak for us and we unequivocally reject her statements about the tragic events that occurred yesterday in Waukesha,” Mejia-Beal said.

— DuPage Democrats (@DuPage_Dems) November 22, 2021

Lemanski also tweeted that she resigned, according to the Tribune.

“I firmly believe in the right to freedom of speech,” Lemanski said in a statement, according to the newspaper. “I also believe that you must be willing to accept responsibility and the consequences of your actions for that free speech. I unfortunately made some remarks that were not in good taste regarding the Waukesha tradgedy yesterday.”

The Hill has reached out to the Democratic Party in DuPage County for more information.


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