A city councilman in Poplar Bluff, Missouri is coming under fire for what some say were racist posts about President Obama, and now, the politician is not only apologizing, but he’s blaming the Republican Party.
Councilman Peter Tinsley is apologizing for the seemingly racist photos he posted on Facebook last year after the issue was brought up at a city council meeting earlier this week.
“I apologize from the bottom of my heart,” said Tinsley. “At one time, I was a very active Republican, very opposed to Obama. I want people to know that I am very remorseful for it. It was inappropriate. I believe I got caught up in an emotional moment of sharing jokes. It seemed funny at the time but today it’s very serious and it’s not funny at all.”
At the council meeting, Reverend Tommy Robinson expressed his disgust at what he believes are racist photos that mock the President.
“To come from a city council [member], a city government official, this is highly unthought of, even in Poplar Bluff, Missouri,” said Reverend Robinson. “I’m highly upset over this, along with the residents of our ward.”
Local Republican leaders are now blasting Tinsley for making his posts into a party issue.
“It even got more intense when he proceeded to blame the Republican Party for him thinking like that,” said Butler County Republicans chairman Eddy Justice. “Republicans believe everyone should be judged on their qualifications, on their ability.”
Following Republican outrage, Tinsley once again apologized.
“Anything that I have said, that I referred to the activity because I was a Republican, that is not true,” said Tinsley. “It's not an excuse.”
Tinsley, who has been in officer since April 2014, plans to stay councilman despite the latest controversy.