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Twitter Users React Wildly To Florida Secretary Of State's Blackface Makeup

Florida Secretary of State Michael Ertel has blackface costume photos surface.
Twitter Users React Wildly To Florida Secretary Of State's Blackface Makeup

If there is one thing we have learned about the internet it's got to be that nothing is safe - not even old pictures of you wearing blackface makeup for Halloween in 2005. Well, thankfully those photos aren't of you or me - they are those of Michael Ertel, the newly appointed Secretary of State of Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The cringe-worthy photos show Ertel wearing blackface makeup and fake boobs posing as a Hurricane Katrina victim at a private Halloween party 14 years ago; 8 months after Ertel was appointed Seminole County supervisor of elections, and two months after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.

The Governor's Office received the photos this morning. Ertel gave a final presentation, stating it was an honor to serve the voters of Florida and proceeded to submit his resignation around 2 pm. The Governor's Office accepted his resignation. 

Needless to say, social media has been blowing up with users circulating the photos and publicly stating their feelings about the whole ordeal without holding back - because that's what the internet does. One Twitter user even called Ertel "needlessly cruel, disgusting and ugly all over."

Just needlessly cruel and disgusting. Ugly all over --> Florida Secretary of State Michael Ertel resigns after Halloween blackface photos emerge https://t.co/V9eeRoZZKV via @tdonline

January 24, 2019

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But Twitter user Busy B wasn't the only one to damn the Republican for his insensitive choice of costume. Despite this news becoming public less than an hour ago, there have already been hundreds of Tweets flooding Twitter with shocked commenters. 

Dafuq!!!! Sofa king insensitive! People fucking died! Others lost everything! Florida Secretary of State Michael Ertel can go fuck himself! https://t.co/AUPzk8NnPp

January 24, 2019

THIS FUCKING PIECE OF SHIT. I can’t say it more emphatically.Florida Secretary of State Michael Ertel resigns after Halloween blackface photos emerge https://t.co/bFJdp1b16r

January 24, 2019

Its not disgusting enough republican Michael Ertel is in blackface, but also mocking Hurricane Katrina victims.🤦🏼‍♀️Another #racists #Republican https://t.co/Ej6pS8ISuS pic.twitter.com/6JZMBOhLHP

January 24, 2019

What in the world is going on when an otherwise normal person leading a basically decent life has a moment this stunningly stupid? #MichaelErtel https://t.co/Kb1Zmi2f90

January 24, 2019

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Of course, there are some people who are taking into account that the now ex-politician was "just a boy" at the time - and sort of offering a benefit of the doubt.

He dressed up as a poor black female flood victim of Hurricane Katrina for Halloween. He was just a boy though (mid 30's) at the time. Florida Secretary of State Michael Ertel resigns after Halloween blackface photos emerge https://t.co/7ARNNQqXRE via @tdonline

January 24, 2019

Regardless of our personal opinions, the damage has been done and we can assume his political career days are over after this one. 

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