As the nation tries to come to grips with yet another school shooting, the spokeswoman for Gov. Katie Hobbs tweeted out an incitement to violence.
Josselyn Berry, Hobbs’ press secretary, on Monday evening blasted out a GIF of a woman with guns in both hands and this caption: “Us when we see transphobes.”
This, on the day that a shooter, identified by police as transgender, shot and killed six people – three of them just 9 years old – at a private Christian school.
Because sure, what this nation really needs right now is the face of the Arizona Governor’s Office, a woman presumably trained in the fine art of public relations, telling people to grab their guns.
Republicans have a major case of outrage
Berry resigned on Tuesday evening.
“The Governor does not condone violence in any form,” said a statement released by Hobbs' office on Wednesday morning. “This administration holds mutual respect at the forefront of how we engage with one another. The post by the Press Secretary is not reflective of the values of the administration. The Governor has received and accepted the resignation of the Press Secretary.”
Republicans, meanwhile, have a major of case of outrage going, pouncing on Berry’s tweet and spreading her sick message far and wide.
“This is Governor Katie Hobbs’ press secretary, Josselyn Berry, advocating for violence against those who oppose the radical Trans agenda,” tweeted Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA.Naturally, Kari Lake got into the act with multiple tweets of condemnation, never missing a chance to stick it to the governor who defeated her.
Where were they when Gosar did the same?
“Josselyn Berry, the woman running @katiehobbs's comms, sent this threat out following the murder (hate crime) of six innocent Christians by a trans activist This message is reprehensible & deserves bipartisan condemnation,” Lake’s “war room” account tweeted.The far-right Arizona Freedom Caucus called for Berry’s dismissal on Tuesday, tweeting that “calling for violence like this is un-American & never acceptable.”
Funny, I don’t recall any of them expressing outrage over Rep. Paul Gosar’s disgusting anime video in 2021, wherein a cartoon version of himself is shown killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and flying at President Joe Biden with a pair of swords.
Or when the late Senate President Russell Pearce suggested, during a 2019 political rally, that a little bloodshed wouldn’t be such a bad thing to get this country back on track. (“It may take the shedding of blood to keep this Republic and I, for one, am willing to do whatever it takes.”)
I don’t recall their collective outrage at then-President Donald Trump, inciting a mob to violence on Jan. 6, 2021.
And I don’t see them being particularly careful with their words this week, as conservatives step up their attacks on the trans community. Never mind that studies show trans people are far more likely to be victims of violence, than perpetrators.
That said, they're right about Berry
But here’s the thing. They’re right about Berry.
Liberals have jumped to Berry’s defense – apparently forgetting their own outrage at Gosar et al. How, I wonder, might they have reacted had a Republican posted that same guns blazing GIF in one of their rantings about the transgender community?
Berry’s tweet was breathtakingly tone deaf and dangerous, demonstrating an appalling lack of judgment by the governor’s top communicator.
It’s never a good idea to condone violence and certainly not on a day when children have been murdered.
Berry had to go.
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