GOP Candidate Offers No Apologies After Husband Tweets ‘Free The Black Slaves’

The husband of Republican congressional candidate Karen Handel is in hot water after sharing an image criticizing the Democratic party for taking advantage of African-Americans.

Steve Handel posted the image to his Twitter timeline Tuesday, May 2, in an effort to drum up support for his wife, who’s running to replace former Rep. Tom Price (R) in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. It read that Karen Handel would “fight for minorities to excel,” unlike the Democrats, who her husband blasted for “criticizing Black children for obeying the laws, studying in school and being ambitious, as ‘acting white’ is a trick the party plays on Black people to keep them poor, ignorant and dependent.”

The image went on to read, “Free the Blacks from the Democratic Party plantation.”

The questionable photo was originally shared by user @rose10052 and featured a stock image of a young Black man in a suit, according to CNN, which captured the tweet before it was deleted. Steve Handel later retweeted it, reminding voters to cast their ballots in favor of his wife.

Screenshot courtesy of CNN.Karen Handel’s campaign has since acknowledged Steve’s “mistake” but hasn’t issued any sort of public apology. It did release a statement addressing the matter, though.