Report: GOP County Chairman's social media post calls California wildfires ‘God’s punishment' for Liberals

An Ohio GOP county chairman is facing backlash over his reported social media post that combines politics with the deadliest wildfire in California history.

According to the, Columbiana County Republican Party Chairman Dave Johnson posted this on Facebook.

Photo Credit: Facebook/Dave Johnson

It says, "hell on earth brought to you by the liberals in California.’

On the upper left corner, it reads, ‘God’s punishment to Liberal California.’

Johnson then deleted the post the same day.

In an interview with he eventually apologized and said quote, “Look, that’s a meme. And it’s how I feel about liberals, but did I mean that God is going to punish everyone who lives in California? No. It’s a figure of speech, and I probably shouldn’t have done it. But I did, and it doesn’t change how I feel about what’s happened in California.”

The Mahoning County Democratic Party Chairman issued a press release on its Facebook page not only demanding an official apology from Johnson but called for his resignation.

Hundreds are still unaccounted for in the fatal California fire.

It has now ravaged an area bigger than the size of Chicago.