Hillary Tweet - Riverside County GOP

A closeup of the picture tweeted out by the Riverside County Republican Party on Wednesday, Aug. 3

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: Aug. 3, 2016
Updated:   Aug. 4, 2016 – 10:02 a.m.

  • The tweets had been removed from the GOP account as of 2 p.m. Wednesday.

UPDATE (Thursday, Aug. 4):How the “I’m Ready for Hillary” hangman tweet happened

Two tweets from the official Twitter account for the Riverside County Republican Party featured illustrations of a hangman holding a noose with the words, “I’m Ready for Hillary,” below.

The portrait of the masked hangman features gallows with two other empty nooses in the background. The hangman wears an axe at this side and blood is visible on his shirt and apron.

The tweets, dated Wednesday, Aug. 3, were sent in response to another Twitter user who tweeted a picture of a man holding a “Republicans for Hillary” sign. The user asked where the signs could be obtained.

Two pictures of the hangman were sent. The second included the caption: “sorry they never arrived but this is pretty popular.”

The tweets had been removed from the GOP account as of 2 p.m. Wednesday.

In an emailed statement late Wednesday afternoon, Riverside County GOP Chairman Scott Mann said: “I was made aware of derogatory Tweet this afternoon toward Secretary Clinton when the Press-Enterprise called me for comment. I was horrified and had the Tweet taken down immediately. While some may think it was political satire, it clearly has no place in American political dialogue.

“As Chairman of the Republican Party of Riverside County, I apologize to everyone and anyone who was offended by it. I have taken steps to ensure that the individual who posted the Tweet no longer has access and I can assure you the person responsible will be held accountable.”

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