GOP Group Defends Cartoon of Boy Urinating on BLM Slogan As 'Conversation Starter'

A Republican group based in Florida has defended posting a cartoon showing a boy urinating on a Black Lives Matter slogan to Facebook.

Michael Thompson, the president of the East Lee County Republicans, told WINK News he has nothing against Black people and that the cartoon merely represents issues with what the BLM movement has become.

The image shows a boy wearing a USA hat and T-shirt of an American flag urinating on a BLM slogan of a clenched fist along, with the words "p**s on BLM."

The cartoon was posted on August 30 on the East Lee County Republicans' Facebook page with the caption "BLACK LIES MATTER!! 66 Days until the election."

Thompson said he does not support the widespread riots and unrest which have broken out at BLM protests across the country in the wake of the killing of Minneapolis man George Floyd in May, and saw a resurgence following the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last month.

"I don't have a problem with Black people," Thompson said. "That's not what this is about. This is about their organization stating Black Lives Matter. Of course, they matter, but why is it only some black lives matter?"

When asked how the Black community should protest police brutality having also been criticized for taking a knee during the National Anthem before sporting events, Thompson replied: "Not with violence."

"I don't know what the absolute answer is, but I'm pretty sure it involves more conversations and less fires," he added.

Thompson described the cartoon as "a conversation starter," when asked how posting it online will help encourage people to talk to the party about their issues.

"I can give you that much," he said. "I'm not out here trying to burn down their buildings or anything like that."

BLACK LIES MATTER‼️🇺🇸 66 Days until the election 🇺🇸 www.EastLeeGOP.org

Posted by East Lee County Republicans on Sunday, 30 August 2020

Several people criticized the cartoon on Facebook.

"So crass. You are just crass vulgar people. Sad for Republicans everywhere to be represented in this way," wrote Cindy Wermuth.

"Come on, show a little class. This is like the childish crap we see from Liberals," added Cookie Shephard.

Gabriele Spuckes, the chair of the Lee County Democratic Party, also condemned the image as an unhelpful way to attempt to start a dialog.

"The fact that they chose to do this is very, very degrading," Spuckes told WINK.

The Florida GOP has been contacted for further comment.

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A protester wearing a mask holds a sign that says, "Black Lives Matter" as the crowd of hundreds pass the Jumbotron of the American Flag in Times Square New York in support of Black Women. A GOP group has defended posting a cartoon showing a boy urinating on a Black Lives Matter slogan online. Ira L. Black/Getty