- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A Republican Party chairman in New Mexico has resigned after making comments on social media that referenced “violent, leftist protesters” following deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Roman Jimenez of Dona Ana County wrote in the Facebook post on the party’s page Sunday that the protesters were responsible for creating a divide between races and genders and were “getting exactly what they asked for”: a segregated society of groups.

Jimenez later told an Albuquerque TV station that the post was taken out of context and he regretted it was misconstrued.

The county’s GOP Party said in a statement Tuesday that it had accepted Jimenez’s resignation.

Rep. Steve Pearce, who is the only Republican member of New Mexico’s congressional delegation and is seeking his party’s nomination for governor, told the Albuquerque Journal on Tuesday that Jimenez was “right” to step down.

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