An Illinois Democrat resigned from her post after calling the deadly Christmas parade attack in Waukesha, Wisconsin “karma” for Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal.
Mary Lemanski stepped down Monday morning as the social media director for the Democratic Party of DuPage County, Anne Sommerkamp, the organization’s executive director, told Fox News.
“It was probably just self-defense #Wisconsin #KyleRittenhouse,” Lemanski wrote in a now-deleted tweet.
“Imagine posting this and thinking you’re on the right side of things,” someone replied. She didn’t back down, writing, “I’m sad. I’m sad anytime anyone dies. I just believe in Karma and this came around quick on the citizens of Wisconsin.”
After a user responded that none of the victims deserved it, Lemanski doubled down: “The blood of Kyle Rittenhouse’s victims is on the hands of Wisconsin citizens, even the children.”
“Living in Wisconsin, he probably felt threatened,” she added. “I’m sure he didn’t want to hurt anyone. He came to help people.”
Lemanski, in a tweet that hasn’t been deleted, wrote: “You reap what you sow. It’s sad people died, but when you open the door to vigilante justice, everyone seems threatening.”
The DuPage Democrats responded to Lemanski’s tweets with a statement.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragedy in Waukesha,” the organization tweeted. “We are aware of statements made by a former member of our organization and find them to be incredibly insensitive and not in alignment of who we are as an organization. Our organization does not support hate in any form.”