Malcolm “Mac” Butner has been removed from his job as chairman of the Rowan County Board of Elections after it was discovered on his Facebook page that he “liked” Republican candidates much more than minorities, gay people, liberals and lower case letters.
Butner took aim at his perceived enemies in a series of inflammatory posts, one of which ended with the line, “To hell with the Lesbos, Queers, Liberals and baby killers.”
Another, posted at the height of the national Confederate battle flag debate, went after those “damn Yankees,” which he framed as “invaders,” writing:
“BOUT TIME TO START UP THE FIGHTING AGAIN AND RID US OF THESE DAMN YANKEE INVADERS! GOD BLESS THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA!”
Yet another of Butner’s Facebook posts went after Moral Mondays protesters, saying:
“GEE THEY ARE ALL BLACK. I GUESS THE WHITE FOLK COULD NOT GET OFF BECAUSE THEY WERE TOO BUSY WORKING BEING PRODUCTIVE GOOD CITIZENS.”
The board voted 3-2 to remove Butner from his job, which was to ensure elections were run in an inclusive, fair and nonpartisan manner. It was also discovered that Butner had liked or endorsed Republican candidates, which is a violation of state rules.
WFAE reports that no one defended his sentiments, but the two voting against removal felt there was no evidence his views affected his job performance.
“These are remarks that I would not tolerate in my home,” said Joshua Howard, the Republican chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Elections, “I won’t abide them in my workplace, and I’m sure as heck not going to leave a person who says these things on a county board of elections.”
Earlier in the year these same Facebook posts cost Butner his job as the chairman of the Rowan County Housing Board which administers Section 8 and public housing programs.
Butner’s Facebook page is no longer appearing when searched for, suggesting he might have deleted it.