Two commenters chastised Pike and Shay for their comments. Shay responded by removing them as friends. Then, as the blogosphere took hold of the story, Shay attempted to back away from the comments. More than 36 hours after the comments were first posted, Shay released a statement condemning their “disgusting” content, which she said she was “not aware of” when she posted her response. She also deleted her facebook page/comments, however, not before some viewers obtained screenshots.
Republicans continue to fall into their self created messes. The problem: they are pandering to the extremist elements of their base. These extremists call themselves the core of the party. They listen to Limbaugh, Beck and Fox News. They say they are patriots. Many are Minutemen. Many are White Nationalists. They speak of minorities in such derogatory terms. They make these comments, sharing their true nature. I see these comments often, on the ANTI Immigration Reform websites. I see them on Stormfront and VDare. Many of these sites hate our President and use these hateful, racist and sometimes violent terms. Republican candidates forget that Facebook and Twitter are social networking websites open to the public for all to see, unlike some backroom minuteman tea party sites where their derogatory language will not be revealed to the general public.
There is a pattern going on here with these Republican "jokes." As has been reported by the Daily Beast: Three weeks ago, former South Carolina State Election Director and Richmond County GOP Chairman Rusty DePass “joked” on his Facebook page that first lady Michelle Obama was descended from a gorilla which had gone missing from a local zoo. Days later, Tennessee state legislative aide Sherri Goforth emailed an image labeled “Historical Keepsake”—showing august portraits of all the presidents of the United States, ending with a pair of googly-eyes peering out from a black background to symbolize President Obama. And we all remember Chip Saltzman’s bid to be RNC Chairman was derailed by his decision to mail out a parody CD featuring the song “Barack the Magic Negro.” And there are many more examples. These Republicans, pandering to their so called base, are NOT learning from their mistakes and continue to destroy themselves!
Here is the exchange between Shay and Piker (personal page indicates his name is actually Eric Pike):
. Eric S Piker (1:52):“It’s the government making us commies… can’t even smoke in my damn car… whats next they going to issue toilet paper once a month… tell us how to wipe our asses…and when..”
. Eric S Piker (1:54): "obama bin lauden is the new terrorist...muslim is on there side.. need to take this country back from all these mad coons... and illegals.
. Audra Sigler Shay(2:02):You tell em Eric! LOL
When others in their own group attempted to say their name calling was wrong, the next day Eric Piker responds:
. Eric S Piker (1:56): i agree with dale...and this is still america.. freedom of speech and thought is still allowed.. for now any ways.. and the last time i checked i was a good ole southern boy.. and if yur ass is black dont let the sun set on it in a southern town.
*I decided to do some google searches on Eric Pike. Since the Eric Pike made these negative comments about President Obama, illeeegals and the economy/commies, I added this context in my searches and found this:
The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps
Chapter Director: Eric Pike
Here are two articles Eric Pike Endorsed on the MCDC Website:
The fiscal cost of low skilled immigrants to the US Taxpayer
GOVERNOR PAWLENTY UNVEILS ACTIONS TO COMBAT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
*Note: While on the Facebook exchange, Eric Pike uses the name Eric S. Piker. The Daily Beast reported his personal profile page reveals his actual name is Eric Pike.