Jewish and LGBTQ+ communities, and voters just weeks away from casting ballots in November, in Rockford, Mich., are outraged by an online post by a school board candidate.An image posted on Donald Trump’s social media network Truth Social by Rockford’s school board candidate Craig Ladyman shows Pride flags distorted into swastikas, Grand Rapids-area Fox station WXMI reports.Above the post, Ladyman asks, “Like my new Pride flag?”Ladyman told the station he got the image from a posting from Far-right British actor Laurence Fox who had shared it earlier this year around Pride Month.
The posting was recently sent to Superintendent Steven Matthews by concerned parents and voters, Matthews told WXMI. He said that it angered him to see a symbol with such a toxic history used and that that iconography does not represent the community.“It makes me feel angry.
Certainly, a symbol like that represents the and represents divisiveness,” said Matthews. “It’s a symbol that I don’t think represents who we are as a community and anybody who would use it.”He went on to say that school board elections are important.“We certainly want to create a district where everybody feels like they belong, that everybody feels like they have advocates and allies in our district, and symbols like that don’t promote that,” he said.Ladyman did not grant WXMI an on-camera interview, but he sent the station a written statement, claiming to “rebuke” the “Nazi-like techniques” of gender and sexual orientation inclusive and affirming educators and institutions.“This is child abuse, and parents didn’t vote for this!
The resulting mob attacks on me as a conservative, parent’s rights, and children’s rights advocate for school board confirm the fact that if you.