The chairman of the Lottery Control Board in Illinois and a member of the state’s Republican Central Committee resigned both positions after taking heavy criticism for describing East St. Louis, Ill., as the ‘‘shithole of the universe!’’
Blair Garber deployed the term on Twitter in response to a tweet by country singer Charlie Daniels, who was defending President Trump’s reference to Haiti and African countries with a vulgar term and criticizing Senator Dick Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, for taking offense.
‘‘Mr. Durbin,’’ Daniels tweeted, ‘‘I’m so sorry that your virgin ears were blistered by the absolutely horrible language president Trump used in front of you. The president actually thought he was addressing a meeting of members of congress, not a kindergarten class . . .’’
Daniels’s tweet provoked a swell of approving comments, one of them from Garber, according to the State Journal-Register.
‘‘Charlie,’’ Garber wrote, Durbin’s home town is (get this) east St. Louis Illinois! The shithole of the universe! Just do a google search.’’