A Democratic Party staffer in Illinois has apparently lost her job in the wake of controversial remarks she made about a deadly incident at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Mary Lemanski opined that the Black suspect accused of driving through a parade served as an act of “karma” after the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse.
“On the hands of Wisconsin citizens, even the children”
Reports indicate she was one of several progressive social media users to apparently take delight in the gruesome tragedy on Sunday, just two days after Rittenhouse was found not guilty of a shooting during a protest in Kenosha last year.
New details continue to emerge about 48-year-old Darrell Brooks, who was arrested on suspicion of ramming his SUV through a crowd. The brutal collision left five dead and 48 injured, including children.
Lemanski and others were anxious to address the news in the context of the Rittenhouse verdict.
For her part, the social media director of the Democratic Party of DuPage County joked that the driver might have been acting in self-defense.
“The blood of Kyle Rittenhouse’s victims is on the hands of Wisconsin citizens, even the children,” she declared.
Troubling details emerge about suspect in custody
Subsequent reports confirmed that Lemanski was no longer employed by the county’s Democratic Party organization.
Journalist Andy Ngo identified the suspect as a Black nationalist with a history of posting anti-white statements online.
Of course, local law enforcement said they found no evidence of terrorism despite acknowledging that Brooks appeared to “intentionally” ram through barricades and did not stop even when an officer fired his gun.
The early evidence led to widespread social media speculation that the attack was racially motivated, though many mainstream news reports opted not to focus on race as a possible factor. Just days before the deadly incident, Brooks was reportedly released on $1,000 bond for allegedly running over the mother of his child with his vehicle.
Of course, the media’s effort to downplay race in response to this case has thus far stood in contrast to the starring role it played from the very start in news coverage of the Rittenhouse case.