Missouri Councilman Explains Racist Facebook Posts: ‘I Was A Very Active Republican’

A Republican city councilman in Missouri apologized this week for posting racist messages about President Obama on Facebook, citing his own strong engagement with the Republican Party as the reason behind his actions.

According to television station KFVS, Poplar Bluff, Mo., councilman Peter Tinsley’s offensive posts were brought up during a city council meeting on Monday night. Tinsley apologized for his behavior, saying he didn’t intend to offend anyone when he made those posts last year, reported KFVS.

“I apologize from the bottom of my heart,” Tinsley said. “At one time, I was a very active Republican, very opposed to Obama.”

Here are two of the Facebook posts the TV station mentioned. At least one was still on his Facebook page as of Wednesday afternoon.

KFVS reported that Tinsley’s justification for posting the photos upset fellow Republicans and prompted another apology.

“I want people to know that I am very remorseful for it,” Tinsley told KFVS. “That it was inappropriate. I believe I got caught up in an emotional moment of sharing jokes and at the time it seemed funny but today it’s, it’s, it’s very serious and it’s not funny at all. … That anything that I have said, that I referred to the activity because I was a Republican, that is not true. It’s not an excuse, ” Tinsley said.

h/t Raw Story

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