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Jewish leaders in Kentucky responded with outrage on Friday after learning of a Facebook post by the Bracken County Republican Party that described the new director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) as a part of the “Jewish junta.”

“A Jewish anti-gun activist, Steve Dettelbach, has just been made director of the ATF. The Jewish junta’s getting stronger and more aggressive,” the now deleted post said.

The Friday morning post was removed later that day after a reporter from the Courier Journal contacted the chair of the Bracken County Republican Party, Karin Kirkindol, the news outlet reported.

The post also criticized two Republican Senators who voted to confirm Dettelbach and two who did not show up for the vote.

“Earlier today, I was made aware of an inappropriate post on the Bracken County GOP Facebook page,” Kirkindol said in a follow up Facebook post. “That post does not represent the values of the Bracken County Republican Party. It was incredibly insensitive. We will investigate how this occurred and we commit to tighter oversight of our social media going forward.”

But the follow up explanation post was inexplicably deleted by Friday evening.

The president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Louisville Sara Klein Wagner said in a statement that Kirkindol's apology and deletion of the offensive post was appropriate but "we feel compelled to reiterate that antisemitism of this nature is dangerous, and there's no place for it directed at our public officials or anyone in our communities."

Republican Party of Kentucky spokesperson Sean Southard distanced the Republican Party of Kentucky from the original post, telling the Courier Journal: "We condemn the language in the original post and want to make it clear: It does not represent the values or ideals of the Republican Party of Kentucky," Southard said.