Republican congressional candidate Karen Handel’s husband, Steve Handel, retweeted an image urging voters to support her in order to “free the black slaves from the Democratic Party plantation.”
CNN’s KFile reports, “Handel’s campaign said her husband hadn’t paid attention to what was said in the original tweet.”Like many of us, he (Steve) made a mistake and retweeted something he didn’t pay a lot of attention to, thinking it was just an absentee vote message. It clearly was not appropriate and has been deleted,” a campaign spokesperson said.”
The tweet has since been deleted, but the screenshots live on. This is not the way to get black voters to support her. That’s for damn sure.
Handel isn’t well-liked in the black community because of the stunt she pulled when she was Georgia’s secretary of state when she tried to disenfranchise black and brown voters with a discriminatory voter ID law that was struck down. She also began to purge voter rolls that led to tens of thousands of voters being forced to prove their eligibility to vote again. The United States Department of Civil Rights Division ordered Georgia to halt this procedure. So, Ms. Handel is no advocate for black voters in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional district.
The tweet comes as Donald Trump is trying to rewrite history by claiming that former President Andrew Jackson saw the Civil War coming and was angry about it. He died 16 years before the war broke out. Trump also questioned why the war happened in the first place. It happened because of slavery. So, it’s tone deaf and insulting for Mrs. Handel’s husband to even retweet an image that diminishes blacks as slaves. Shameful.