Middletown Township official resigns amid exposure of hate, conspiracy-filled posts

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Kristi Ann Morris, former member of Middletown Township Board of Auditors. Morris resigned this week after antisemitic and conspiracy-filled social media posts came to light that were allegedly published by her.

Kristi Ann Morris, a Republican, is out as a member of the Middletown Township Board of Auditors, after a constituent publicized a series of hate and conspiracy-filled social media posts allegedly authored by Morris.

The posts were brought to light and shared with Township leadership by Christopher Nowakowski, himself a Republican.

Morris' resignation comes just days after being sworn in to the post, a six-year term she won in the November election.

Nowakowski said he spoke up during the public testimony period of the most recent auditors meeting.

"I went through the history again, spoke of hate speech, not being able to define it, but knowing it when I see or hear it, and read the worst of the anti-Semitic posts aloud. I asked the person responsible to identify themselves. She remained silent," Nowakowski said. "So I said it was (Morris). I then spoke about her hateful views and how they have no place in our township."

Nowakowski said that the brief exchange lasted a few moments more before Morris drove away.

In response to Morris' resignation, Middletown Township released a statement recognizing what happened and condemning hate speech, without directly mentioning Morris by name.

"At a recent public meeting of the Middletown Township Board of Supervisors, a resident presented information concerning hate speech allegedly disseminated in our community via social media," read the statement, in part. "As public officials in Middletown Township, we are elected to represent a diverse community of individuals and it is our duty to speak out when any individual or group feels they have been bullied or discriminated against.

"Our responsibility as public officials is to foster an inclusive community that empowers all people to succeed regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, ability, or gender. Hate speech erodes this progress. We, the Middletown Township Board of Supervisors, condemn all forms of hate speech."

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References to Morris appear to have been wiped from the township website, as have the original posts from Morris' account.

it is unclear how long those post were active, or how long Morris has posted such comments.

According to screen shots shared with this news organization, Morris shared a series of posts that were filled with anti-Semitic and conspiratorial ramblings that included propagating the lie that the presidential election was stolen. LevittownNow first reported her resignation.

Attempts to reach Morris were unsuccessful Friday. Patricia Poprik, chair of the Bucks County Republican Committee, said Morris' hate speech has no place within the GOP nor the nation.

“This kind of extremist hate speech has no place in our party, or in our country," Poprik said. "Upon learning of these posts, and Ms. Morris’ admission that she shared them, we immediately accepted her resignation from the Bucks County Republican Committee.

"We condemn these posts and these sentiments in the strongest terms.”

Efforts to reach the Middletown Republican Committee were unsuccessful. Its website apparently hasn't been updated since prior to last November's general elections, and Morris is still featured as an endorsed candidate.

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In the statement, township management added that the township is "a community of hardworking, intelligent, and passionate individuals," and the ability to engage each other in civil discourse is one of the fundamental elements of our society.

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"Social media and the internet allow us to communicate with the world faster and wider than ever before. Our democracy thrives when we express our opinions and share our worldviews," continued the township's statement. "However, this does not justify sharing views that marginalize and disrespect certain members of the community.

"Now more than ever, we must understand that our words have the power to be destructive and lethal and that township supervisors stand united against hate speech" in our community.

"All people deserve the right to live in our community and nation without prejudice," the statement concluded. "Hate speech is not welcome in Middletown Township."

This article originally appeared on Bucks County Courier Times: Middletown Township official resigns after hate-filled posts are publicized

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