Who is Mary Lemanski? Age and 'karma' Twitter drama explored

Yasmine Leung November 23, 2021

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Tweets by political worker Mary Lemanski went viral after she called the Wisconsin Christmas parade tragedy “karma” for the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse – now the internet is curious about her career and age after she deleted her social media. Let’s take a look…

The Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday (21 November 2021) ended in tragedy with five deaths and dozens injured after an SUV drove into the crowds.

On Monday morning, the New York Post reported Mary Lemanski’s tweets had sparked outrage after she said the killer’s actions were “probably just self-defence” – the same argument made by Kyle Rittenhouse’s defence lawyers.

Jurors cleared 18-year-old Rittenhouse of killing two men and wounding a third with a military rifle after accepting claims he had feared for his life during riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Since then Lemanski, who has been let go from her position as social media manager for the Democratic Party of DuPage County, has deleted all her social media including Twitter.

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Controversial tweets explained

Mary Lemanski tweeted the killer “probably felt threatened” living in Wisconsin, comparing it to Rittenhouse’s highly publicised acquittal on 19 November.

The 18-year-old was cleared of charges of intentional homicide, reckless homicide and reckless endangerment in the deaths of Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum, and the injury of Gaige Grosskreutz in August 2020.

“I’m sure (the SUV driver) didn’t want to hurt anyone. He came to help people,” Lemanski tweeted sarcastically, according to Fox News. Other tweets were reported as stating:

“I’m sad anytime anyone dies. I just believe in Karma and this came around quick on the citizens of Wisconsin. You reap what you sow. It’s sad people died, but when you open the door to vigilante justice, everyone seems threatening.

The blood of Kyle Rittenhouse’s victims is on the hands of Wisconsin citizens, even the children.”

The internet immediately responded with backlash, labelling her “insensitive” and “mean’. One Twitter user collated the tweets Lemanski reportedly posted:

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Mary Lemanski: age and career explored

Lemanski is 46 years old and was born on 18 January 1975 at St John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. She attended Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield and studied music and business administration at Millikin University.

At the time of her controversial comments, Lemanski was social media director of the Democratic Party of DuPage County, Illinois. However, she resigned later that day, with the Party Facebook page confirming her exit.

Aside from being a Democratic staffer, the 46-year-old is a musician and singer – you can find her music on Spotify. She began her music career at age 11, where she was paid $40 for her first gig as replacement organist at her Catholic school’s church. Since then, she’s learnt how to play the keyboards, drums, guitar and bass.

Her first full-length album, Eclectic, was released in 2010 and she was a semi-finalist in the Song Of The Year contest in 2011. Her second album, Speechless, came out in 2012 and she has since released three singles: Lullaby in 2014, Coal Miner’s Granddaughter (2017), and Pound To The Beat (2019).

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Yasmine is a third-year Anthropology and Media student at Goldsmiths University with a new obsession with League of Legends, despite being really bad. She's always on social media keeping on top of the latest news and trends and is HITC’s expert in Korean pop culture. She also loves music, TV and fashion - her favourite things to write about.