The Yellowstone County Republican Party is claiming that a racist Facebook post from the Chair of the Yellowstone County Republican Party may be the work of hackers. In a statement issued to the Billings Gazette today the Republican Vice Chair John Quandt wrote:
It is widely known that hacking is used to apply fraudulent posts in social media frequently. This alleged posting has not been corroborated by any of the over 1,000 friends following the chairwoman’s personal Facebook at the time or any other witnesses. Ms. Olsen has never demonstrated this of her character to anyone on the board or in public to our knowledge. We believe that asking Ms. Olsen to step down as Chairwoman at this time would be premature, unnecessary, and unwarranted. As the matter progresses we will adjust our approach as necessary in a proper and justified manner which portrays the key values of our local Republican party.
Meanwhile the state Republican party said that “racially insensitive conversation is offensive” however, “officials will not interfere with what should be a county committee issue.”