Republican Ohio Lawmaker Pins Dayton Shooting on 'Transgender, Homosexual Marriage & Drag Queen Advocates'

by Sam Cronin

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday August 5, 2019

Ohio State Representative Candice Keller — a Republican from Middletown, about 25 miles from Dayton — has drawn criticism for posting a list of people and causes she blames for Sunday's mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio.

The shooting, in which nine people were killed and dozens wounded, took place in an entertainment district in Dayton, and was carried out in less than a minute. Police were nearby when the incident started and "neutralized the shooter" within a minute. This was the second shooting in the United States in a 48 hour period.

In response, Representative Keller posted her thoughts on the matter online a mere hours after the shooting. In her long Facebook post, she blamed a variety of people and groups for the shooting. First and foremost she blamed "transgender, homosexual marriage and drag queen advocates" for the "breakdown of the American family."

Among other scapegoats for the shooting, she mentioned "fatherlessness," "the acceptance of recreational marijuana" and the ever-popular Conservative target, "violent video games."

Most bizarrely, Keller assigned blame to "state officeholders, who have no interest whatsoever in learning about our Constitution and the Second Amendment." This attack echoes President Trump's response to the shootings on Twitter, in which he combined a call for "strong background checks" with a call for "desperately needed immigration reform." He went on in the tweet, saying: "We must have something good, if not GREAT, come out of these two tragic events!"

This call for immigration reform comes after shooting in El Paso, Texas, which was preceded by what the New York Times called a "Hate-Filled Manifesto" posted online.

According to the New York Times, "it spoke of a 'Hispanic invasion of Texas.' It detailed a plan to separate America into territories by race. It warned that white people were being replaced by foreigners."

The response to Keller's Facebook post seems to have been mostly negative, according to the New York Post, even in her home district of Butler County, where Republican Party chairman Todd Hall said: "Some want to politicize these events, and I cannot condone such comments and behavior."

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones also voiced his disapproval, reposting a screenshot of Keller's soon-privated post and saying: "Shame shame shame Candice Keller."

Fellow Ohio representative Chris Seelbach, Democratic Cincinnati City Councilman also denounced her post and "urged people to call the Middletown Republican's Columbus office to tell her what they think of the post," according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Keller confirmed to the Cincinnati Enquirer that she wrote the post and that it is still on her Facebook page, just not visible to everyone.