LINCOLN — A Nebraska Democratic Party official has refused calls to step down from her position after calling reactions to this week’s shooting of a high-ranking Republican member of Congress “so funny” on social media.
Chelsey Gentry-Tipton, the chairwoman of the Nebraska Democratic Party’s Black Caucus, said in statement that she will not resign from the position, saying her post was taken out of context by party officials.
The Nebraska party’s leadership asked Gentry-Tipton to resign Wednesday, a few hours after she wrote, in a Facebook thread about the shooting at in Alexandria, Virginia, “Watching the congressman crying on live tv abt the trauma they experienced. Y is this so funny tho?”
She also wrote: “The very people that push pro NRA legislation in efforts to pad their pockets with complete disregard for human life. Yeah, having a hard time feeling bad for them.”
The nation is still in shocked after the news came in this Wednesday morning, of a shooting, in which a shooter opened fire on Republican congressmen, while they were practicing for a charity baseball match. Five people were shot, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and two Capitol Police officers. Scalise remains in critical condition at a Washington, D.C., hospital.