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 cleveland.com, 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 cleveland.com 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.” 

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Wind-driven flames roll over a hill towards homes during the River Fire (Mendocino Complex) near Lakeport, California, U.S. August 2, 2018. REUTERS/Fred Greaves TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
LAKE ELSINORE, CA - AUGUST 10: Firefighters battle flames from approaching homes at the top of Westlong Street in Lake Elsinore Friday, August 10, 2018. (Photo by Will Lester/Inland Valley Daily Bulletin via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A man watches as fire races down a hillside towards his home as the Holy Fire burns in Lake Elsinore, California, southeast of Los Angeles, on August 9, 2018. - A man suspected of intentionally starting the Holy Fire on August 6 in the nearby Cleveland National Forest was charged August 9 with multiple felony counts involving arson. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Alex Schenck carries a water bucket while fighting to save his home as the Ranch Fire tears down New Long Valley Rd near Clearlake Oaks, California, on Saturday, August 4, 2018. - The Ranch Fire is part of the Mendocino Complex, which is made up of two blazes, the River Fire and the Ranch Fire. (Photo by NOAH BERGER / AFP) (Photo credit should read NOAH BERGER/AFP/Getty Images)
RANCH FIRE, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, AUGUST 8, 2018: This is an enhanced Sentinal-2 thermal satellite image of the Ranch Fire north of Clear Lake in California. (Photo enhanced by maps4media via Getty Images)
LAKE ELSINORE, CA - AUGUST 10: Firefighters conduct a burn operation to remove fuel around homes on Grand Ave as the Holy Fire grows to more than 10,000 acres as the wildfire comes closer to Lake Elsinore, Calif., on Aug. 10, 2018. (Photo by Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
The Holy Fire burns in the Cleveland National Forest, near Lake Elsinore, California on August 8, 2018. - The Holy Fire has burned more than 4,000 acres about 75 miles (120km) southeast of Los Angeles and is one of 18 wildfires burning across California. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
IDYLLWILD, CA - JULY 26: The Cranston Fire burns in San Bernardino National Forest on July 26, 2018 near Idyllwild, California. Fire crews are battling the 4,700-acre fire in the midst of a heat wave. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Flames from the Holy Fire are reflected in Lake Elsinore as the wildfire burns in the Cleveland National Forest, in Lake Elsinore, California on August 8, 2018. - The Holy Fire has burned more than 4,000 acres about 75 miles (120km) southeast of Los Angeles and is one of 18 wildfires burning across California. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
A fireplace still stands amongst a burnt house in the Keswick neighborhood of Redding, as the Carr fire continues to spreads towards the town of Douglas City near Redding, California on July 31, 2018. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Embers smoulder along a hillside after the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, burned though the area near Clearlake Oaks, California, on August 5, 2018. - Several thousand people have been evacuated as various fires swept across the state, although some have been given permission in recent days to return to their homes. (Photo by NOAH BERGER / AFP) (Photo credit should read NOAH BERGER/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Burned out properties are seen near the Lake Keswick Estates area during the Carr fire in Redding, California on July 27, 2018. - Two firefighters have died and more than 100 homes have burned as wind-whipped flames tore through the region. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A residence on New Long Valley Rd burns as the Ranch Fire burns near Clearlake Oaks, California, on Saturday, August 4, 2018. - The Ranch Fire is part of the Mendocino Complex, which is made up of two blazes, the River Fire and the Ranch Fire. (Photo by NOAH BERGER / AFP) (Photo credit should read NOAH BERGER/AFP/Getty Images)
LAKEPORT, CA - JULY 31: West Covina firefighters pulls hose away from a horse barn that burns as the River Fire moves through the area on July 31, 2018 in Lakeport, California. The River Fire has burned over 27,000 acres, destroyed seven homes and stands at only eight percent contained. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Firefighters try to control a back burn as the Carr fire continues to spread towards the towns of Douglas City and Lewiston near Redding, California on July 31, 2018. - Two firefighters were killed fighting the blaze and three people, a 70 year old woman and her two great-grandchildren age four and five, perished when their Redding home was rapidly swallowed up by flames. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
IDYLLWILD, CA - JULY 26: The Cranston fire burns near a closed barber shop on July 26, 2018 in Idyllwild, California. Fire crews are battling the 4,700-acre fire in the midst of a heat wave. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
A firefighter tries to control a back burn as the Carr fire continues to spread towards the towns of Douglas City and Lewiston near Redding, California on July 31, 2018. - Two firefighters were killed fighting the blaze and three people, a 70 year old woman and her two great-grandchildren age four and five, perished when their Redding home was rapidly swallowed up by flames. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
LAKEPORT, CA - JULY 31: A home burns as the River Fire moves through the area on July 31, 2018 in Lakeport, California. The River Fire has burned over 27,000 acres, destroyed seven homes and stands at only eight percent contained. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
REDDING, CA - JULY 30: Forest burns in the Carr Fire on July 30, 2018 west of Redding, California. Six people have died in the massive fire, which has burned over 100,000 acres and forced thousands to evacuate since it began on July 23. (Photo by Terray Sylvester/Getty Images)
Burned down vehicles sit at a property under a deep orange sky during the Carr fire near Redding, California on July 27, 2018. - Two firefighters have died and more than 100 homes have burned as wind-whipped flames tore through the region. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A CalFire firefighter douses flames on a burning home during the Carr fire in Redding, California on July 27, 2018. - 'Two firefighters have been killed in the Carr fire. A private contractor (operating) a bulldozer died yesterday and a Redding City firefighter was killed in the evening,' a spokesman for Calfire, the state's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, told AFP. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
REDDING, CA - JULY 27: A view of cars that were destroyed by the Carr Fire on July 27, 2018 in Redding, California. A Redding firefighter and bulldozer operator were killed battling the fast moving Carr Fire that has burned over 44,000 acres and destroyed dozens of homes. The fire is 3 percent contained. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - An inmate firefighter pauses during a firing operation as the Carr fire continues to burn in Redding, California on July 27, 2018. - One person has died and at least two others have been injured as wind-whipped flames tore through the region. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
REDDING, CA - JULY 27: A home burns along Sunflower Road during the Carr Fire on July 27, 2018 in Redding, California. A firefighter was killed battling the fast moving Carr Fire which has burned over 28,000 acres and destroyed dozens of homes. The fire is reportedly only 6 percent contained. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
REDDING, CA - JULY 27: A home burns along Sunflower Road during the Carr Fire on July 27, 2018 in Redding, California. A firefighter was killed battling the fast moving Carr Fire which has burned over 28,000 acres and destroyed dozens of homes. The fire is reportedly only 6 percent contained. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Flames from the Ferguson fire crest a hill in Stanislaus National Forest, near Yosemite National Park, California on July 21, 2018. - A fire that claimed the life of one firefighter and injured two others near California's Yosemite national park has almost doubled in size in three days, authorities said Friday. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said the so-called Ferguson fire had spread to an area of 22,892 acres (92.6 square kilometers), and is so far only 7 percent contained. (Photo by NOAH BERGER / AFP) (Photo credit should read NOAH BERGER/AFP/Getty Images)
GOLETA, CA - JULY 7: Wildfire destroy homes in Goleta, Calif., on July 7, 2018. (Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Inmate firefighters work as flames from the County Fire climb a hillside in Guinda, California, on July 1, 2018. - Californian authorities have issued red flag weather warnings and mandatory evacuation orders after a series of wildfires fanned by high winds and hot temperatures ripped through thousands of acres. The latest blaze, the County Fire sparked in Yolo County on June 30, had by July 1 afternoon spread across 22,000 acres (9,000 hectares) with zero percent containment, according to Cal Fire. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
The setting sun is turned red by the smoke from the Carr Fire burning in the hills west of Redding, California, U.S. July 27, 2018. Picture taken July 27, 2018. REUTERS/Fred Greaves
Firefighters battle to save one of many homes burning in an early-morning Creek Fire that broke out in the Kagel Canyon area in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, in Sylmar, California, U.S., December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
Flames spread in a valley from a Santa Ana wind-driven brush fire called the Thomas Fire near Ventura, California, December 5, 2017. REUTERS/Gene Blevins
The Canyon Fire burns hillsides above houses in Corona, California, September 25, 2017. REUTERS/ Kyle Grillot
TOPSHOT - Flames scorch a hillside at the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore, California, southeast of Los Angeles, on August 9, 2018. - A man suspected of intentionally starting the Holy Fire on August 6 in the nearby Cleveland National Forest was charged August 9 with multiple felony counts involving arson. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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