The Virginia GOP chair is working to expel Michigan Committeeman Dave Agema from the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting after Agema stirred yet another controversy with a racist Facebook post.
Chairman Pat Mullins is circulating a letter urging his fellow Republicans to keep Agema out of the San Diego meeting and to boot him from the RNC for good, National Journal reported on Tuesday.
Agema on New Year’s Eve reposted an essay from American Renaissance, a white supremacist magazine. He has since deleted the post, but MLive.com captured a screengrab.
“However, my experience has also taught me that blacks are different by almost any measure to all other people. They cannot reason as well. They cannot communicate as well. They cannot control their impulses as well. They are a threat to all who cross their paths, black and non-black alike,” the essay’s author, who claimed to be a public defender, said.
Agema called the article “enlightening for anyone who is concerned about crime in America.”
He then defended his Facebook post in a new post to his page on Tuesday and said that he saw the article in a newsletter by former Rep. Allen West (R-FL).
“I make no accusation that I agree with the statements supporting the author he posted. I do support Col West’s commentary concerning the authors article and not the content of the article itself,” Agema said. “It’s sad that politically correctness has so taken over our society and is determined by those who desire to move our culture according to their agenda.”
Following the initial post, RNC chairman Reince Priebus and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) both condemned Agema’s comments. The Michigan state senate Republican caucus plans to send the RNC a letter urging the committee to expel Agema from the national meeting, according to The Detroit News.
Multiple RNC members and Michigan Republicans have already called on Agema to step down over previous remarks, but Agema refused to resign.
Agema has compared being gay to alcoholism and claimed that gay people seek free health care because they have AIDS. He also once shared a comment on Facebook that asked, “Have you ever seen a Muslim do anything that contributes positively to the American way of life?”