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Missouri school board candidate denounced for rants on Islam and ‘rat’ Michelle Obama

Jeanie Ames, a Missouri school board candidate, is under fire for tweets that include message like “Ban Islam in America!”
Jeanie Ames, a Missouri school board candidate, is under fire for tweets that include message like “Ban Islam in America!”

A Missouri school board candidate is under fire after screen shots of tweets from her account were published by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Jeanie Ames, a candidate for a seat on the Parkway School Board west of St. Louis, has locked her account, which hides her tweets from the public. But the screen shots reveal a tweet from her account likened Michelle Obama to a rat, and she retweeted a meme that states:

“To be opposed to evil is to be opposed to Islam! Let the Crusade begin! Ban Islam in America!”

Ames also referred to U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, a Democrat from California, as an “ignorant slut,” the Post-Dispatch reported.

In an email to the newspaper, Ames wrote she would focus on “taxpayer stewardship” if elected.

“The good of the district is the only concern on which I would base my decisions,” she wrote.

Multiple organization have denounced Ames’ tweets, writing in a joint statement that she has “espoused Islamophobic and racist views.”

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Jeanie Ames, a Missouri school board candidate, is under fire for tweets that include message like “Ban Islam in America!” Imgur

The Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis, the Imam Council of Metropolitan St. Louis, the St. Louis Chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace and the Missouri Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic (CAIR) all joined together to release the statement.

“Parkway is a school district that proudly educates students of all backgrounds and faiths,” said Faizan Syed, the executive director of CAIR. “Jeanie Ames’ history of anti-Muslim bigotry, xenophobia and outright racism is evidence that she is unfit to serve on any school board.”

California’s CAIR office found half of all California Muslim students are bullied.

Mufti Asif Umar of the Imam Council of Metropolitan St. Louis said it was “disturbing” that a person with wishes to ban a religion from America was running for a Missouri school board.

“We are proud to say that Parkway schools are home to many American Muslims who were born and raised right here in St. Louis. The students deserve leaders who will be supportive to all of them, regardless of their race and ethnic background. We hope others take notice of her bigoted views,” Umar said.

Ames did not reply to a tweet from The Star seeking comment.

An Imgur post collected Ames’ purported tweets.

She agreed with a tweet saying people from “shithole countries” want to emigrate, and in reply to a Washington Post tweet about scientists discovering a new species of giant rat she tweeted, “Wait, they JUST discovered @MichelleObama? That explains SO much.”

She also tweeted that “Dreamers is just Anchor Kid misspelled.”

Chris Phillips, a Parkway parent, told the Post-Dispatch that Ames’ social media actions showed “clear bias.”

“I find that very concerning and, obviously, I don’t think that a person like that should be able to affect policy decisions for my children, or especially minority children within the district,” Phillips said.

Max Londberg: 816-234-4378, @MaxLondberg

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