The spokesperson for Democrat Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs has resigned amid outrage over her tweet showing a woman pointing two guns with a caption that read "us when we see transphobes." The tweet was posted not long after Monday's Nashville church school massacre.
What are the details?
The Arizona Republic reported that Hobbs' then-spokesperson Josselyn Berry posted the tweet late Monday showing a GIF of a scene from the 1980 movie "Gloria" depicting a woman holding a gun in each hand and pointing the firearms forward along with the aforementioned caption.
At some point after her tweet went live, Berry protected them, which limits access to them. But a number of folks got a hold of the tweet in question anyway:
They weren't happy:
At issue is that the Nashville shooter — who was fatally shot by police — identified as transgender. A theory from the left is that the shooter may have acted out of anger against Christians and conservatives for stances against trans and LBGTQ lifestyles — as well as against recently enacted Tennessee laws banning drag shows outside age-restricted venues and banning puberty blockers, hormone treatments, and gender-related surgeries for children.
Republicans and noteworthy conservatives have been fuming over Berry's tweet, saying it encourages more violence.
The Arizona Republic said the Arizona Freedom Caucus called for Berry's dismissal, saying that "calling for violence like this is un-American & never acceptable."
The leader of the caucus, Republican state Sen. Jake Hoffman, said Berry was "threatening to shoot people Democrats disagree with less than 12 hours after the Nashville shooting," the paper added.
- "Now surely this wouldn’t be a post from Katie [Hobbs'] press secretary would it?" TheBlaze's Chad Prather wondered sarcastically. "She better not have a job tomorrow."
- The Federalist's Mollie Hemingway said, "As Twitter bans anyone who does factual reporting about a planned Trans Day of Vengeance this week, note how it allows violent threats from Democrat Governor of Arizona Katie Hobbs' press secretary against anyone who opposes radical gender ideology."
- Kari Lake, who lost to Hobbs for Arizona governor last fall, wrote that "if a conservative made light of a mass shooting & called for more violence, they’d be personally & professionally destroyed. But a member of Katie Hobbs’ staff did just that & the media is silent. We don't partake in cancel culture — but the media’s bias has never been clearer."
The word from Hobbs' camp
The communications director for Hobbs' office confirmed to KNXV-TV that Berry resigned Tuesday night.
KNXV added that Hobbs' office released the following statement: "The Governor does not condone violence in any form. 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."
The Arizona Republic said Berry did not respond to a phone call or text messages seeking comment Tuesday night.
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