Illinois Dem calls Wisconsin Christmas rampage ‘karma’

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Illinois Dem calls Wisconsin Christmas rampage 'karma'

An Illinois Democrat has been blasted for describing the deadly Christmas parade rampage in Wisconsin as “Karma” for the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse.

Mary Lemanski, who is listed as the social media director for the Democratic Party in DuPage County, began her heartless online tirade by snarkily dismissing the tragedy as “just self-defense.”

“It was probably just self-defense,” Lemanski wrote in a tweet that appears to have since been deleted, according to Fox News.

“Living in Wisconsin, he probably felt threatened,” another tweet, which was still online Monday morning, read — referring to the driver being held as a person of interest in the Waukesha incident, which left five people dead and dozens hurt.

“I’m sure he didn’t want to hurt anyone. He came to help people,” she added in her sarcasm-laced missive.

Mary Lemansk was slammed on Twitter after calling the Christmas parade tragedy in Waukesha, Wisconsin "karama" for the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse.
Mary Lemansk was slammed on Twitter after calling the Christmas parade tragedy in Waukesha, Wisconsin “karama” for the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse.
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Lemanski, who also lists herself as an acting student with the famed Second City improvisational comedy group in Chicago, also wrote that the Christmas parade rampage was “karma” in another tweet that appears to have since been deleted.

“I’m sad anytime anyone dies. I just believe in Karma and this came around quick on the citizens of Wisconsin,” Lemanski wrote, according to Fox News.  

“You reap what you sow. It’s sad people died, but when you open the door to vigilante justice, everyone seems threatening,” she then added in a tweet that was still online Monday morning.

An SUV plows into a crowd of people during a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin on November 21, 2021.
An SUV plowed into a crowd of people during a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin on Nov. 21, 2021.

Lemanski’s appeared to be mocking Rittenhouse’s self-defense claim before the 18-year-old was acquitted Friday of charges of homicide, attempted homicide and reckless endangerment in the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, on Aug. 25, 2020.

On Monday morning, Lemanski said in a tweet: “I’m going to Hell because I already made a deal with the Devil that nobody else on Earth will go to Hell if I go. So, you’re welcome.”

Lemanski then posted the link to a report in The Hill about NAACP President Derrick Johnson calling the acquittal a “warning shot that vigilante justice is allowed.”

She wrote: “Oh look! I was right! NAACP president calls Rittenhouse verdict ‘a warning shot that vigilante justice is allowed.”

Lewanski faced a backlash over her comments.

An SUV plowed through the Waukesha Christmas parade on November 21, 2021 injuring more than 20 people and killing others.
More than 20 people were injured and other killed during the rampage.
City of Waukesha/AFP via Getty I

“Seriously how does it feel to completely flush your career down the toilet via tweet? Was it fun?” one user wrote.

“What career. She’s yeah and will always be. The entire country will see her tweets tomorrow and she will never recover,” another said.

A third user wrote: “I hope you never know the pain of losing a child. I hope the parents of those lost today in Waukesha never know you. I feel sad for both you and them.”

Mary Lemanski began her twitter rampage after an SUV plowed through parade-goers on November 21, 2021.
Mary Lemanski began her twitter rampage after an SUV plowed through parade-goers on November 21, 2021.
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And yet another one said: “I don’t understand how you can be this hateful and glib. I was going to pray for the families of those who were killed tonight. But I will add you into my prayers as well. I think you could use some.”

On Nov. 15, Lemanski wrote on Facebook about a “white wing group” trying to prevent her from speaking at a school board meeting.

The suspected vehicle on Maple Avenue after a driver blew past police and drove into a crowd at a holiday parade in Waukesha on Sunday, November 21, 2021.
The suspected vehicle on Maple Avenue after a driver blew past police and drove into a crowd at a Christmas parade in Waukesha on Sunday, November 21, 2021.
James Keivom

She later accused the group of being “fascists” who shut down “all opposing viewpoints.”

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