State senator apologizes after suggesting Obama is ISIL member
State Senator Michael Willette has made an apology after sending an online post saying that US President Barack Obama is part of the ISIL terrorist group.
The Maine state senator was criticized for sharing a photo of Obama on his Facebook earlier this month.
“Why haven’t I done anything about ISIS (ISIL)? Because I’ll deal with them at the family reunion,” according to the caption of the photo.
On Monday, the Maine Republican apologized for sharing the post and called it an "error in judgment."
“I apologize for posting this on Facebook. Like too many people these days, I fell into the trap of posting something first and then thinking later. It was an error in judgment,” Willette said.
Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett expressed his disappointment over the post.
He urged the Maine Republican Party to condemn the action.
“His post is offensive and perpetuates a false religious and ethnic slur at a time when our state and country should come together,” Bartlett said.
President Obama’s foreign policy regarding the terror network has been criticized by the Republican Party over the past months.
The United States has been conducting airstrikes against ISIL targets in Iraq and Syria since last year.