Republican politician blames US mass shootings on 'drag queen advocates', Barack Obama

A Republican politician has blamed mass shootings in the United States on everything from "drag queen advocates" to former US President Barack Obama to video games.

In a now deleted Facebook post cited by Business Insider, the New York Post and the Washington Post, Candice Keller, a Republican state representative from Ohio, questions why the blame for mass shootings isn't being put "where it belongs".

The politician then lists numerous things to blame, including the "breakdown of the traditional American family", "drag queen advocates", "the ignoring of video games" and "disrespect to law enforcement" that she attributes to having been caused by Obama.

After commenting on many other subjects, Keller asks: "Did I forget anybody?".

"The list is long. And the fury will continue," she wrote.

Keller's Facebook post followed two mass shootings in the US which left more than 30 people dead. It was removed shortly afterwards.

The Ohio Republican Party chairwoman Jane Murphy Timken is now calling for Keller to step down.

"While our nation was in utter shock over the acts of violence in El Paso and Dayton, Republican State Representative Candice Keller took to social media to state why she thought these acts were happening. Candice Keller's Facebook post was shocking and utterly unjustifiable," CNN reported Timken as saying.

RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Nina West blasted Keller's comments, calling for her to resign.

"Oh, Candice Keller, you have poked the wrong queen," the drag queen tweeted.

Authorities are referring to the shooting in an El Paso Walmart as domestic terrorism and have said it was racially motivated. The white man alleged to have committed the shooting earlier released a manifesto with racist and anti-immigrant sentiments.

Putting blame on video games is something current US President Donald Trump also did in a speech on Tuesday morning.

"We must stop the glorification of violence in our society. This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace," he said.

"It is too easy for troubled youth to surround themselves with a culture that celebrates violence. We must stop or substantially reduce this and it has to begin immediately."

Keller blamed:

  • The breakdown of the traditional American family
  • Transgender people
  • Homosexual marriage
  • Drag queen advocates
  • Fatherlessness
  • The ignoring of violent video games
  • Open borders
  • Relaxing of laws against criminals
  • Acceptance of recreational marijuana
  • Failed school policies
  • Disrespect to law enforcement
  • Barack Obama
  • Hatred of veterans
  • Athletes who won't stand during the national anthem
  • Democratic congress
  • Anti-semitic congressional representatives
  • Culture of ignoring the importance of God and church
  • Snowflakes "who can't accept a duly-elected President".