Republican U.S. Senate candidate Lauren Witzke is drawing criticism for a social media post, including a controversial meme, posted to her campaign page just hours after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death Friday night.

The post featured a meme of three Black children smiling and dancing and called the Justice "Ruth Vader Ginsburg." 

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg's obsession with abortion overtly singled out blacks and minorities for extermination. Her own words from the 1970s tell us she didn't want too many blacks or poor folks procreating. Tens of millions of black and brown babies never got a chance at life because of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. If elected, I pledge I will only ever vote to confirm a pro life justice to the Supreme Court."

The controversial meme was ultimately removed after Witzke received backlash from members of her own party. She then reposted the words--without the meme--with a note, saying she received threats.
"The meme was only deleted after a barrage of violent leftists repeatedly doxed my home address and threatened to kill me, and anyone in Delaware who is worried about a meme - including several elected GOP officials - isn’t seriously focusing on the real issues: the violent left looting, killing, and rioting in the streets, and the mass murder of millions of unborn babies in the womb," Witzke told WDEL in an email.
But several screens resurfaced with commenters saying things like: "The internet never forgets you poor little martyr." Others expressed that Witzke had lost their vote while some applauded her for speaking out.  
Republican Senator Senator Anthony Delcollo called on Witzke to drop out of the U.S. Senate race.
"This I believe is a bold faced lie. You took this down because multiple moderate and conservative Republicans, including sitting elected officials, and your supporters, called you out for engaging in atrocious behavior. You are unfit to lead. Suspend your campaign and allow someone with proper judgement and character to be on the ballot this November."
Delaware Democratic Party Chair Erik Raser-Schramm called the meme Witzke posted "vile and racist...too offensive to describe." He called on the Republican Party Chair to denounce Witzke's candidacy.  

"It’s the latest diatribe of vitriol from the GOP Senate nominee, who has also pushed white supremacy, anti-Semitism, flat-earthism, and September 11 conspiracy theories even as Delaware GOP Chair Jane Brady promotes her candidacy and fundraises for her campaign," said Erik Raser-Schramm. "Chairwoman Brady has utterly failed her test as a Party leader. She continues to push candidates who are unfit for office and then covers their tracks when they say and do the unthinkable. Anything short of calling on Lauren Witzke to immediately end her candidacy for Senate would represent yet another failure of leadership by Chairwoman Brady. It’s well past time for her to surprise us all and meet the lowest of expectations Delawareans have for her and her party."

Republican Party Chair Jane Brady didn't immediately respond to a request for comment, but has called the meme "tasteless" and "crass" in media reports.

Witzke was not the party-backed candidate in the Senate race. She beat Jim DeMartino, garnering nearly 57% of the vote on primary night. She now faces incumbent U.S. Senator Chris Coons in the general election.

In response to those calling for her to step down, she said on Twitter:

"To all the Delaware GOP elected officials calling for my campaign’s suspension- You can pander to the liberals in an attempt to secure your own re-elections: but the mob will still not spare you. I will never apologize for being #ProLife."

Witzke also posted this on Facebook Saturday:

"I stand unapologetically pro-life and I stand behind my campaign’s criticisms of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With that being said: I am taking back full control of my Facebook page, in order to ensure that our message comes across as intended. - Lauren Witzke"