County GOP chief: Posting wildfire meme was a mistake

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PARADISE, CA – NOVEMBER 15: An aerial view of a shopping center destroyed by the Camp Fire on November 15, 2018 in Paradise, California. Fueled by high winds and low humidity the Camp Fire ripped through the town of Paradise charring over 140,000 acres, killing at least 56 people and destroying over 8,500 homes and […]

 A county GOP chairman in Ohio says he was mistaken in publishing a meme on Facebook that appeared to refer to the California wildfires as “God’s Punishment to Liberal California.”   

Columbiana County Republican Party Chairman Dave Johnson says he deleted the meme. It showed a landscape ablaze along with the text about “Liberal California.”

Johnson said in a statement he didn’t intend “any disrespect to the innocent lives” lost, but was pointing to policies he believes contributed to the fires. He said he confesses to “erring in my recent post” regarding the wildfires.

Authorities say the blazes have killed at least 79 people and destroyed thousands of homes.

Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman David Betras called the post “disgusting” and said Johnson owed victims, their families and firefighters an apology.

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