A Halloween-themed graphic depicting President Obama as a zombie with a bullet in his head, was sent out by the Loudoun County Republican Committee on Monday, drawing sharp criticism.
A Halloween-themed graphic from the Loudoun County Republican Committee depicting a zombie version of President Obama with a bullet hole in his head is drawing sharp criticism from Democrats and the GOP alike.
The montage of images was distributed via email to promote GOP activities at Loudoun's Halloween parade. It includes the drawing of President Obama, in a style similar to his famous campaign poster, as well as a disfigured House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
The images prompted Democrats to cry foul and were denounced by Virginia GOP chairman Pat Mullins as "disgusting.'' A conservative northern Virginia blog -- Too Conservative -- recommended it be reported to the Secret Service.
The U.S. Secret Service is aware of the email, spokesman George Ogilvie, although though he would not say whether an investigation is under way.
A statement from the Loudoun Republican Committee calls the email a "lighthearted attempt to inject satire humor," but says some individuals interpreted it as portraying the President as a victim of a violent crime. The statement apologizes to anyone who had that impression and says the group deplores any effort to promote violence against the President.
The email has been widely condemned by Democrats and Republicans, including Virginia GOP chairman Pat Mullins, who called the email disgusting.