Republican officials in Douglas County have joined the online chorus condemning the county GOP for posting a cartoon likening public health guidance to police brutality.
The cartoon was recently posted to the Douglas County Republicans page on Facebook but has since been deleted. It depicts someone putting a boot to another person’s head and using a baton to force a mask onto that person’s face. A local Denver station reported that the cartoon was altered to include “Polis,” as in Gov. Jared Polis, on the leg of person committing the violence in the cartoon, and the message “We Can’t Breathe” below the drawing.
The Facebook post has been widely criticized on social media, including by influential Denver anti-racist activist Tay Anderson. “I AM DISGUSTED,” he wrote in a tweet Sunday that significantly raised the visibility of the cartoon.
The post’s removal over the weekend didn’t stop the torrent.