Illinois GOP posts and deletes horrifying meme calling four congresswomen the Jihad Squad
By now, you’ve probably heard about The Squad, which refers to four women of color in Congress that are getting a lot of love from progressives: Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. Donald Trump has taken to bashing them especially hard lately, which may be what got some Republicans on board with a now-viral meme that is, to put it delicately, shameful.
In this case, the Illinois Republican County Chairman’s Association (RCCA) Facebook group shared a meme that depicted the four members of The Squad. Instead, however, it labeled them as the Jihad Squad. Other text on the image included the phrase, “Political jihad is their game,” and, “If you don’t agree with their socialist ideology, you’re racist.” On the bottom right corner of the meme is the Illinois Republican group’s logo.
As a reminder: Tlaib and Omar are the first Muslim women ever elected into Congress. Ever.
If you’d rather not look at the sickening meme (embedded in the tweet below), here’s a description of the visual setup. It’s basically modeled after the movie poster for Gangster Squad, an action movie that came out in 2013. In this case, Omar has a rifle, Pressley has a handgun, Ocasio-Cortez is surrounded by flames, and Tlaib is holding a gun.