A political cartoon depicting Abraham Lincoln’s statue at the Lincoln Memorial with its knee on President Donald Trump’s neck was unintentionally posted to the Mayfield City Hall Facebook page on Friday, Mayor Kathy O’Nan said.
The cartoon garnered negative responses from several of the page’s followers.
City administrators removed the cartoon and post and issued an apologetic statement.
“I will get to the bottom of it,” O’Nan said. “I apologize for it. It was not intentional. The city does not condone posts of this type, and we will work to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
Friday evening, O'Nan released an additional statement regarding the incident. It read:
"On the morning of July 10, 2020, it came to my attention that a political cartoon depicting violence against our president was shared by our official City of Mayfield Facebook Page to the Story Feed. Upon discovery, I immediately instructed the post be removed, and I conducted an internal inquiry into the matter. As a result of said inquiry, it was determined that a City employee had inadvertently shared the post using the City of Mayfield’s page to the City of Mayfield official page Story Feed. The determination that the post was shared as a result of inadvertence or mistake was made based upon consideration of all circumstances surrounding the incident. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against the employee in accordance with the City of Mayfield Employee Handbook. The City of Mayfield in no way condones the depictions displayed in the political cartoon shared, and the City of Mayfield offers sincere apologies to whomever the post offended. The employee has also apologized profusely."