Florida Secretary of State Michael Ertel Quits Over Photos of Him in Blackface Costume

This is truly shocking. And it happened years before Trump became president. It shows the GOP has been the haven of racists for some time. But it’s only getting worse. He was appointment by a governor who was himself accused of being a racist. This why we must call the Republican Party a hate group. And they should be disbanded:

Florida’s secretary of state resigned Thursday after photographs were unearthed of him dressed in blackface.

The images in question, obtained by The Tallahassee Democrat, show Sec. Michael Ertel dressed for a Halloween party in blackface makeup, red lipstick, earrings, a New Orleans Saints headwrap, and fake breasts.

Ertel wore a purple t-shirt with the words “Katrina Victim” written on it. The photos were reportedly taken in 2005, only a few months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans.

“There’s nothing I can say,” Ertel told the Democrat last week, upon being confronted with the photos. The newspaper reportedly approached the governor’s office on Thursday morning with the photographs, and by the afternoon, the office announced that Ertel had resigned.

Ertel only took office on Jan. 8, after being appointed by newly elected Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Eight months before the photos were taken, Ertel was named supervisor of elections for Seminole County by then-Gov. Jeb Bush.