The Lawrence County Republican Party intended to post an image of a GOP elephant on its Facebook page, but ended up using one in which the white spaces between the animal’s legs resembled those of hooded Klansmen.
A party official said the image was taken from Google search results and it was immediately changed after the mistake was discovered.
“I want to apologize deeply and sincerely for the photo that temporarily appeared on this page last night. A Google search photo of a GOP elephant was used and later hidden images were found that appeared in Lawrence County does not represent the views or beliefs of the Republican Party,” Shannon Terry wrote Apologizing for the use of the image in a Facebook post.
“As president I take full responsibility for the error,” Terry said.
The image was used in a 2020 article mother jones Accused the GOP of racism.
House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels, a Democratic legislator from Huntsville, condemned the use of the image. “Shame on the Lawrence County Republican Party for this disgusting image,” Daniels wrote on Twitter.