Senator Bryan Townsend

Sen. Bryan Townsend/WDEL file

2020 began with a social media kerfuffle that led to the resignation of the New Castle County Republican Party Chairman.

The leader of the State GOP now says the Democratic Party and the Delaware State Senate should address a recent Tween from State Senator Bryan Townsend (D- Newark)

Townsend shared a cartoon on Twitter a few days ago that attempted to connect national radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh to the Ku Klux Klan. Limbaugh received the Presidential Medal of Freedom during President Trump's State of the Union Address, one day after the syndicated host announced that he was battling cancer.

"It was so offensive," Delaware Republican Party Chair Jane Brady said Wednesday. "His conduct really demeans the entire Senate, the entire body."

In a statement, Townsend - who was not available for comment to WDEL Wednesday - said "it is my belief that the kind of hateful, divisive rhetoric Mr. Limbaugh has put forth for many years is undeserving of the Medal of Freedom but is aligned with hate groups. It is as simple as that."

Townsend continued in his statement that he "truly" hopes Limbaugh recovers from his cancer.

In January, Brady sought and received the resignation of New Castle County GOP Chair Chris Rowe after Rowe was found to have used an insult in a Facebook message to a friend. Sussex County vice chair Nelly Jordan was removed by local Republicans for social media comments that were criticized as anti-Semitic.

"I think his (Townsend's) conduct was at least as bad if not worse than what was done by party members in my party," Brady said. She called for Townsend's resignation as well as disciplinary action from the State Senate and / or the Delaware Democratic Party.

Townsend's statement concludes:

"We can hope Mr. Limbaugh fully recovers while also hoping our nation's future is more inclusive and positive than the views he has long espoused. We can point out hate without being accused of prejudice. And we can stand up against hypocrisy without succumbing to bigotry."

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Mark Fowser is a veteran journalist in Delaware.