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RNC Delegate Booted for Racial Slur in Facebook Post

“There’s no place for that rhetoric or threat of violence in the Illinois Republican Party,” Illinois Republic Party Chairman Tim Schneider said.

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    A member of the Illinois delegation at this week’s Republican National Convention had her credentials pulled Wednesday after allegedly posting racially-charged comments to Facebook earlier this week. Mary Ann Ahern reports. (Published Thursday, July 21, 2016)

    A member of the Illinois delegation at this week’s Republican National Convention had her credentials pulled Wednesday after allegedly posting racially charged comments to Facebook earlier this week.

    Lori Gayne admitted to party officials that she made the incendiary post during the convention using a different name, the Chicago Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet reported. The post has since been deleted.

    “Our brave snipers just waiting for some n—- to try something,” Gayne posted to Facebook, using an abbreviation for the racial slur. "Love them."

    Gayne, who has been posting questionable comments for months under the Twitter handle "whitepride," was elected a Trump delegate in the March Illinois Republican primary.

    Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider condemned Gayne’s comments after revoking her credentials Wednesday afternoon.

    “She had the credentials to be a Trump delegate,” Schneider told NBC Chicago. “She came to the convention, then we saw that Facebook post. It’s repugnant.”

    “There’s no place for that rhetoric or threat of violence in the Illinois Republican Party,” Schneider added.

    According to the Sun-Times, Gayne issued an apology Wednesday, conceding that her statements were “ignorant and intolerant, and they cannot be justified.”

    The Illinois Republican Party is now facing questions about their vetting process, particularly why they didn’t know about Gayne’s Twitter account.

    “Our staff didn’t know who she was until she showed up here in Cleveland,” Schneider said.

    Gayne did not respond to NBC Chicago’s request for comment on this story.

    Attention now shifts to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s keynote convention speech Thursday, where the billionaire is expected to accept his party’s nomination.