Henry County Democrats condemn GOP statement

MT. PLEASANT — The Henry County Democratic Party released a statement condemning the post by the former chairman of the county Republican Party.

On Wednesday, former Henry County Republic Party Chairman Trent Hobbs posted a message on the county GOP Facebook page saying patriots should prepare for a revolution and “stay locked and loaded.”

Democrat Chair Jeff Fager said members of the Henry County Democratic Party were made aware of the Facebook on Wednesday.

“We are appalled at the phrases used,” according to the statement, approved by county party leadership.

The original post came as the country watched hundreds of pro-Trump rioters breach the U.S. Capitol after protesting the ceremonial counting of the electoral votes that confirmed President-elect Job Biden’s win. Hobbs words were particularly concerning because of the attack, according to the statement.

“Members of the Democratic and Republican parties disagree on many issues, but we should never let our disagreements result in physical harm,” according to the statement.

The statement calls for local Republican elected officials, including state Rep. Joe Mitchell as well as county Supervisors Marc Lindeen, Greg Moeller and Chad White to condemn the behavior. The statement asks leadership to do an investigation to avoid future occurrences.

Republican leadership is asked to join the Democrats in a series of meeting this spring to find common ground between the parties, according to the release.

“The rhetoric and misinformation have gone too far. We need to find healing and common ground through civil discourse,” according to the statement.

Fager said as of Monday the Democrat party has not heard from the Republican Party regarding the comments.