MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama Auditor Jim Ziegler has come under fire for a social media post that shows a group of Democratic U.S. congresswomen next to an image of Ku Klux Klan members with the words "Now appearing without hoods" and referring to the group of lawmakers as "Nancy Pelosi and the Klannettes".
Ziegler wrote the post Wednesday night with the caption "Sometimes humor can make a serious point."
He has since deleted the post saying he doesn't want it to "be a distraction to the other substantive issues I am working on right now."
The photo of Democratic congresswomen, all wearing white, includes U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Selma, Alabama's only Democratic and African-American member of Congress.
"I wore white to President Trump's Joint Session address in solidarity with my other female colleagues to honor those American women who sacrificed so that all women could have an equal voice in our democracy," Sewell said in a statement.
"It is highly insulting and completely disrespectful for Alabama's State Auditor Ziegler to equate the celebration of woman's rights into a vile statement of racial hatred like the KKK," Sewell added. "He should apologize for behavior so offensive and unbecoming of any elected official. His voters should hold him accountable for such shameful disregard of women."
When asked if it was fair to compare the two groups, Zeigler said "it compared visually. The two pictures looked basically alike." He added that Sewell's decision to wear white for the photo made her "fair game" for criticism.
Zeigler called the post a "legitimate criticism of the Democrats' protest of President Trump."
The auditor said that, to his knowledge, he's never met Sewell. "I'd like to, someday," he added.