Illinois Democratic staffer is FIRED for ‘callous and reprehensible’ tweet mocking Waukesha tragedy

Illinois Democratic staffer is FIRED for callous and reprehensible tweet


An Illinois Democratic staffer who mocked the Waukesha attack that killed five and injured dozens in Wisconsin was fired for her ‘callous and reprehensible’ tweets in which she linked the massacre with Kyle Rittenhouse’s highly-publicized acquittal last week. 

Mary Lemanski, 46, a part-time social media director for the DuPage Democratic Party, had tweeted that the attack on Sunday ‘was probably just self-defense,’ and  ‘I’m sure he didn’t want to hurt anyone. He came to help people.’ 

‘Living in Wisconsin, he probably felt threatened.’  

The since-deleted, scornful posts triggered outrage online. 

Lemanski, a mother of two, then said her remarks were ‘not in good taste’ and resigned in a comment on the DuPage Democratic party Facebook page, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. 

Democratic Party leaders for the county, located about 70 miles from Kenosha, quickly got rid of Lemanski on Monday.

‘The Democratic Party of DuPage County immediately severed all ties with Mary Lemanski once we became aware of her callous and reprehensible posts,’ County Chair Ken Mejia-Beal said in a statement. 

Mary Lemanski, 46, who worked for the Democratic Party in DuPage County since 2018 as the association's social media director, was fired after tweeting that the Waukesha tragedy 'was probably just self-defense,' and 'I'm sure he didn't want to hurt anyone. He came to help people'

Mary Lemanski, 46, who worked for the Democratic Party in DuPage County since 2018 as the association’s social media director, was fired after tweeting that the Waukesha tragedy ‘was probably just self-defense,’ and ‘I’m sure he didn’t want to hurt anyone. He came to help people’

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'The Democratic Party of DuPage County immediately severed all ties with Mary Lemanski once we became aware of her callous and reprehensible posts,' County Chair Ken Mejia-Beal said in a statement

‘The Democratic Party of DuPage County immediately severed all ties with Mary Lemanski once we became aware of her callous and reprehensible posts,’ County Chair Ken Mejia-Beal said in a statement

'The Democratic Party of DuPage County immediately severed all ties with Mary Lemanski once we became aware of her callous and reprehensible posts,' County Chair Ken Mejia-Beal said in a statement

DuPage Republican Chairman Jim Zay also voiced his disapproval of Lemanski's remarks. 'I am shocked and outraged that a spokesperson for the DuPage County Democratic Party would make light of the tragic loss of life in Waukesha,' he said

‘The Democratic Party of DuPage County immediately severed all ties with Mary Lemanski once we became aware of her callous and reprehensible posts,’ County Chair Ken Mejia-Beal (left) said in a statement. DuPage Republican Chairman Jim Zay (right) also voiced his disapproval of Lemanski’s remarks. ‘I am shocked and outraged that a spokesperson for the DuPage County Democratic Party would make light of the tragic loss of life in Waukesha,’ Zay said

He continued: ‘She does not speak for us and we unequivocally reject her statements about the tragic events that occurred yesterday in Waukesha. We as a party denounce violence of any kind. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families impacted by this heinous act, which shocked and saddened us all.’  

DuPage Republican Chairman Jim Zay also voiced his disapproval of Lemanski’s remarks. 

‘I am shocked and outraged that a spokesperson for the DuPage County Democratic Party would make light of the tragic loss of life in Waukesha,’ Zay said.  

Mejia-Beal told the Sun-Times that Lemanski’s words did not represent the values of the party,  

‘She really didn’t explain very much to me at all. There’s not really much to explain,’ said Mejia-Beal. ‘We 100 percent do not agree with the words that she used and it was better for her not to be a part of this organization.’ 

Before putting out an official statement on Monday, the party had posted on Facebook clarifying that they didn’t condone the remarks. 

‘We are deeply saddened by the tragedy in Waukesha. We believe that violence is wrong. We are aware of statements made by a former member of our organization and find them to be incredibly insensitive and not in alignment of who we are as a organization or our values, Our organization does not support hate in any form,’ the post read. 

The posts seemed to make light of the successful self-defense argument that 18-year-old Rittenhouse and his defense team made during the teen’s recent trial over two shooting deaths in Kenosha last year – which saw a Wisconsin jury find the defendant not guilty Friday.

'She does not speak for us and we unequivocally reject her statements about the tragic events that occurred yesterday in Waukesha. We as a party denounce violence of any kind,' a statement by the party read

‘She does not speak for us and we unequivocally reject her statements about the tragic events that occurred yesterday in Waukesha. We as a party denounce violence of any kind,’ a statement by the party read 

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Illinois former Democratic staffer Mary Lemanski set off social media with a string of since-deleted social media posts Sunday night mocking the tragic attack on a parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, that saw at least five people die

Illinois former Democratic staffer Mary Lemanski set off social media with a string of since-deleted social media posts Sunday night mocking the tragic attack on a parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, that saw at least five people die

‘The blood of Kyle Rittenhouse’s victims is on the hands of Wisconsin citizens,’ the Democratic staffer sniped in another scornful post.

‘Even the children,’ she further declared. 

The DuPage Democrat then offered onlookers her own perspective on the Sunday attack.

‘I’m sad,’ Lemanski shared later that night. ‘I’m sad anytime anyone dies.’

‘I just believe in Karma and this came around quick on the citizens of Wisconsin.’

Then, in another, more judgmental message directed to the citizens of the state that saw both of the contentious attacks, the staffer proclaimed, ‘You reap what you sow, Wisconsin.’ 

She added: ‘It’s sad people died, but when you open the door to vigilante justice, everyone seems threatening.’  

According to a biography found on the party’s website – from which Lemanski’s profile has since been removed – the 46-year-old managed the party’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts, and is a single mom of two kids. 

According to a biography found on the party's website - from which Lemanski's profile has since been removed - the 46-year-old managed the party's Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts, and is a single mom of two kids

According to a biography found on the party’s website – from which Lemanski’s profile has since been removed – the 46-year-old managed the party’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts, and is a single mom of two kids

At least five people were killed and 40 injured - including 18 children - during Sunday's tragedy in Waukesha, when a speeding SUV plowed into a Christmas parade in the suburban town near Milwaukee

At least five people were killed and 40 injured – including 18 children – during Sunday’s tragedy in Waukesha, when a speeding SUV plowed into a Christmas parade in the suburban town near Milwaukee

Candles are lit on Main Street where five people were killed during a parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Sunday

Candles are lit on Main Street where five people were killed during a parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Sunday

Darrell Brooks Jr, 39, from Milwaukee, was detained shortly after a red SUV ploughed into the annual Christmas parade in the town of Waukesha, leaving at least five people dead and 40 injured - including at least 12 children on Sunday night. He is shown in a previous mugshot

Darrell Brooks Jr, 39, from Milwaukee, was detained shortly after a red SUV ploughed into the annual Christmas parade in the town of Waukesha, leaving at least five people dead and 40 injured – including at least 12 children on Sunday night. He is shown in a previous mugshot

On her personal Facebook page, Lemanski posted November 15 that a ‘white wing group’ was trying to prevent her from speaking at a school board meeting. 

She accused the group of being ‘fascists’ who shut down ‘all opposing viewpoints.’ 

Lemanski did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment on the since-deleted posts Monday.

She later posted a further slew of tweets, writing: ‘Nobody cared about me like my whole life. My mom used to leave me for hours at a time alone in my play pen.

‘I’ve put out music for 20 years nobody gave a sh*t. Why do people all of a sudden care about a stupid remark? I can’t believe my 15 minutes of fame is for this sh*t.’

Lemanski has since deleted her Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts. 

At least five people were killed and 40 injured – including 18 children – during Sunday’s tragedy in Waukesha, when a speeding SUV plowed into a Christmas parade in the suburban town near Milwaukee. 

Darrell Brooks, a 39-year-old career criminal who was out on bail, has been arrested and slapped with five counts of homicide. 

On November 5, Brooks was charged with felony bail jumping, recklessly endangering safety, battery, disorderly conduct and resisting an officer for an incident on November 2.

The circumstances around that incident remain unclear but he posted a $1,000 cash bond on November 19, according to court records. 

Social media profiles reveal Brooks was an amateur rapper who went by the name MathBoi Fly, and claimed to have ‘turned to the streets at a very young age’ while growing up in a ‘dangerous West Side neighborhood of Washington Park’. He described himself as ‘the best underground artist in his city’. 



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