Virginia Republicans were forced to condemn an email that was sent around to some their supporters featuring a zombie collage that depicted President Barack Obama shot in the head.
Obama’s image, a modification of his campaign’s famous “Hope” poster by artist Shepard Fairey, is zombified with a bullet hole in his forehead and his brain is exposed.
In the Halloween-themed mailer, several pieces of zombie art are spaced apart by defaced portraits of President Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Both bizarre portraits were part of a mass email sent out by the Loudoun County GOP, intended to solicit attendance at a local fair. “We are going to vanquish the zombies with clear thinking conservative principles and a truckload of Republican candy,” it reads.
The Loudoun Republicans did not create either image, but pulled them off the Internet. Responding to the controversy, the statewide GOP condemned Loudoun County’s actions.
“The disgusting image used today on a mass e-mail has no place in our politics. Ever,” Pat Mullins, chairman of Virginia’s Republican Party, told The Washington Post. “The Republican Party of Virginia condemns the image and its use in the strongest possible terms.”