Va. GOP Official Resigns After Controversial Facebook Post About Muslims
[su_dropcap style=”default” size=”3″ class=””]A[/su_dropcap] Virginia GOP official resigned after posting a controversial message on his Facebook page which questioned whether Muslim Americans have made positive contributions to U.S. society.
Bob FitzSimmonds, treasurer of the state Republican Party, distributed his unapologetic resignation letter to party officials Wednesday night, The Washington Post reports.
“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,” he wrote. “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 said his resignation will not take effect until his position has been filled, which he said will likely occur after a state GOP meeting on Aug. 16th.
After President Obama marked the end of Ramadan and praised Muslims for helping to build “the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy,” FitzSimmonds responded on Facebook.
He wrote, “Exactly what part of our nation’s fabric was woven by Muslims? What about Sikhs, Animists, and Jainists? Should we be thanking them too?”
According to the Post, Pat Mullins and Michael E. Thomas, the chairman and vice chairman of the state GOP, later called on FitzSimmonds to resign.
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