A former Ohio judge and Democratic politician took a cheap shot at President Trump’s son Barron on Facebook Wednesday, posting a meme that said the 13-year-old may need to participate in the Special Olympics some day. To add insult to injury, another Ohio Democrat weighed in on the thread to gossip about Barron’s “special needs.”
RedState’s Thomas LaDuke made screenshots of the cruel and offensive posts, remarking, “I’m old enough to remember when picking on a teenage Chelsea Clinton while her parents were POTUS and FLOTUS was off limits and rightly so.”
I’m struggling to comprehend what could possibly possess a former judge to post something like this:
Ellen Connally is a former Cuyahoga County Council president and was a Cleveland Municipal Court judge from 1980 to 2004. The Democrat was still active in local politics as of last May, when she joined a local campaign to unseat the county Democratic Party’s newly-elected county chairwoman Shontel Brown in an intraparty election.
According to the Ohio History Connection, Connally is the leader of several civic organizations: the Board of Trustees of the Breast Cancer Fund of Ohio, the Board of Community Action Against Addiction, and the Executive Committee of the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable. She is also on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio History Connection.
The post has since been deleted from Facebook.
“I’ve heard from a reliable source that his kid does have special needs,” Conwell wrote in a comment on Connally’s post. “He attend (sic) some school in Maryland. Haven’t you noticed how you hardly ever see this kid, and he never says anything. I’m not making light of it, just stating some observations. Even though I can’t stand his father. SMDH.”
Some commenters on Facebook asked Connally about her Special Olympics post:
“Hey Ellen, why did you delete that post you shared about President Trump’s son needing the special Olympics? Ya know, people SAW that. Aren’t you a political figure? Didn’t Obama have to apologize for similar remarks?” Jared Hathaway asked.
Another Facebook user invited Connally to appear on his radio talk show to discuss the matter:
“Yes, Ellen. Will you answer that question? Will you come onto my radio program and explain yourself? You have an open invitation to call my program on WHK. If you have even an ounce of integrity, you will,” said AM 1420 The Answer’s Bob Frantz.
PJ Media contacted Connally for comment and is awaiting a reply.
Also on Wednesday, a New Jersey Union director tweeted that she hopes Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos “dies a horrible, horrible death.”
Hetty Rosenstein, state director of the Communications Workers of America, said Thursday that she regrets her tweet, NJ.com reported.
The leader of the largest union of New Jersey state government workers said her middle-of-the-night tweet this week wishing U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos a “horrible death” was a regrettable “expression of utter despair” over proposed cuts to Special Olympics funding.
Democrats have been in a lather over the Department of Education’s proposal to cut more than $8.5 billion from its budget, including nearly $18 million from the Special Olympics.
In defense of the budget plan, Sec. DeVos explained in a statement Wednesday that she loves the Special Olympics, but it’s is not a federal program.” She pointed out that the Special Olympics “is able to raise more than $100 million every year,” meaning it will be able to survive the cuts just fine.