The Nebraska Republican Party has come under fire after its official Twitter account shared sexually explicit comic book-style depictions of young people performing sex acts for than 10 hours on Friday.
The tweeted images came from the graphic novel “Gender Queer,” which had been condemned by a small number of parents in Iowa and Texas after is was found in high school libraries.
State Republican Chairman Eric Underwood, who at this summer’s party convention helped lead the ouster of the party’s longtime leadership team and its replacement by extremely conservative members.
Underwood texted a TV reporter about 3:00 defending one of the tweets, but shortly after they were taken down about 5 hours later he told the Nebraska Examiner neither he nor party leadership had authorized the posts on the party’s Twitter account and that they were removed as soon as he found out about it.
Underwood also told the Examiner that “The person responsible for the tweet, the outgoing communication director, has been removed from the account and is no longer responsible for any Nebraska GOP communication.”
Attorneys contacted by the Nebraska Examiner differed on whether the Republican Party Tweets violated state laws prohibiting publishing, creating or providing images showing minors having sex, since the images were only drawings.