WASHINGTON — A Republican Party leader in Virginia is under fire after a social media post that others in his party called “bigoted.”
“Having a preference for Christians over non-Christians as political leaders is not bigoted. It is a preference and duty we are allowed,” a Facebook post by Fredy Burgos read. Burgos represents the 11th District, which includes Fairfax County, in the State Central Committee, the governing body of the Republican Party of Virginia.
The conservative blog Bearing Drift captured and posted Burgos’ comments. The blog has previously called for Burgos to step down from the State Central Committee for other comments he has been accused of making in the past.
Burgos included with his post an image and quote from John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
The post quickly drew criticism from other members of the Republican Party.
“I immediately contacted Mr. Burgos. I demanded he remove the post. I demanded he resign immediately from the Republican Party’s State Central Committee,” said Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John Whitbeck.
Whitbeck said on behalf of the GOP in Virginia that he denounces the comments and that he has the support of many other Republican leaders in the state in doing so.
“When statements like this are made, it is incredibly important for the party to make as strong a statement as possible against this kind of bigotry,” Whitbeck said.