GOP Group Sorry for 'Jihad Squad' Post

'Political jihad is their game,' Illinois group said of Democratic lawmakers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 22, 2019 2:58 AM CDT
GOP Group Removes 'Jihad Squad' Post
In this July 15, 2019, photo, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaks as, from left, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Rep. Ilhan Omar, and Rep. Ayanna Pressley listen during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

An Illinois Republican group has apologized and removed from its Facebook page a post that showed images of four Democratic congresswomen who have been criticized by President Trump and referred to them as the "Jihad Squad." The post appeared Friday night on the Republican County Chairman's Association page. The Chicago Tribune reports that it showed images of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib on a poster. It said: "Political jihad is their game," and "If you don't agree with their socialist ideology, you're racist." The four congresswomen sometimes refer to themselves as the "squad." Mark Shaw, president of the GOP group, condemned what he called an "unauthorized" post and apologized to anyone who was offended, the AP reports. (A Louisiana police officer's boss is investigating reports he said Ocasio-Cortez "needs a round.")

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