A local Alabama Republican organization is facing backlash after a country chairman published a Facebook post with a GOP elephant with silhouettes resembling hooded KKK members.

Shannon Terry, the Lawrence County Republican Party’s chairman, apologized and took “full responsibility” for the incident. Terry stated that he found the image from a quick Google search.

The club’s logo closely resembled the altered image, causing Terry to turn a blind eye to the image’s darker message.

“I would like to offer a deep and sincere apology for a picture that temporarily appeared on this page last night,” Terry stated. “A Google search picture of a GOP elephant was used and later found to have hidden images that do not represent the views or beliefs of the Lawrence County Republican Party. As chairman I take full responsibility for the error.” 

The original image was from an article featured in Mother Jones. Clara Jeffery, the editor of Mother Jones, stated on Twitter that the image was commissioned by the artist Woody Harrington.

Jeffery blasted the use of the image not only for copyright infringement but also as statement about the GOP.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) has taken the party in a hard right direction in recent years.

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