GOP Official Resigns After Describing NFL Protesters as 'Baboons'

The Pittsburgh Steelers bench area stays empty during the national anthem prior to the start of the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Getty Images

A GOP official has resigned after writing Facebook posts in which she described NFL players taking part in anti-racism protests as "baboons."

Carla Maloney, the Secretary of the Republican Committee of Beaver County in Pennsylvania, also described the players as "over paid [sic] ignorant blacks," posting the comments under the name Carla Belich Fueller.

On Friday, Maloney admitted posting "distasteful, inappropriate and insensitive" posts on social media and announced her resignation.

"Those that know me know that I come from a diverse family that represents modern America," Maloney said in a statement posted on the Republican Committee of Beaver County's Facebook page.

"I know I am a better person than this and, as I step away from these public positions…From the bottom of my heart, I again apologize for my remarks, my poor taste, and the problems they have caused."

A Beaver County Republican Party official confirmed to the Beaver County Times that Maloney had made the posts before being appointed secretary earlier this year.

On the Facebook page, Maloney had predicted an impending civil war, and said that America was plagued by reverse racism.

After the Pittsburg Steelers chose to remain in the dressing room during the national anthem ahead of their Sep. 24, 2017, game in Chicago, Maloney racially abused them.

"Tired of these over paid ignorant blacks telling me what I should believe in. I will tell you what I believe in and that is our Flag the National Anthem and America period end of story," she wrote. "You don't like it here go to Africa see how you like it there. We are all Americans not African American not Hispanic American. WE ARE ALL AMERICAN."

"Steelers are now just as bad as the rest of the over paid baboons. You respect your flag, country and our national anthem. How many men and women have lost limbs or died to protect this country and you baboons want respect," she continued. "If you want respect you need to earn it and so far you haven't. Stop watching, or going to a game and paying for over priced food, water and tickets. Let's see how the baboons get paid when white people stop paying their salaries."

President Donald Trump has lambasted NFL players who have chosen to take part in protests against police racism and brutality during the national anthem, calling for them to be sacked.