If you’ve ever expressed a liberal political opinion on Twitter, you’ve seen them — the rabid right wingers who feverishly tweet insults and long-debunked talking points at you, with no attempt at all to really debate anything. The worst ones are blatantly racist, homophobic, anti-Muslim religious fanatics whose online lives are absolutely defined by their obsessive hatreds.
And now, New Mexico Republican Rep. Steve Pearce has hired one of these raving nut sandwiches as his press secretary — proving once again that in the GOP, the most despicable, bigoted, abusive people rise to the top and get rewarded.
This crackpot was known as @politixfireball on Twitter, and I blocked and muted her years ago after being targeted for abuse by her and her crazed followers: Rep. Steve Pearce Hires Racist Blogger, Prevaricator @PolitixFireball as Press Secretary.
Republican congressman Steve Pearce announced today that the newest addition to his official staff is the previously anonymous firebrand blogger Rebekah Stevens, the woman behind the PolitixFireball blog and Twitter account whose anonymous online attacks against journalists, Republicans and progressives alike have been so extreme she has been banned from Twitter on multiple occasions.
Stevens is also the elected Vice Chair of the Grant County Republican Party, making her not only a Congressional staffer but a high-profile elected party official in the state.
Taxpayer dollars will now be used to fund the salary of Ms. Stevens who, while running a far-right Twitter account and accompanying blog, was well known for her myriad racist, xenophobic, and defamatory tirades against everyone from public school teachers to respected journalists to political campaign consultants to President Obama himself.
In her tweets, she also makes light of the holocaust (“Jews went up in smoke”), says all Muslims are “blood-lust” conquerors, equates slavery to abortion, compares political reporters to war criminals and compares President Obama to Hitler.
Stevens’ posts such as “Time to be racist” are reminiscent (and more extreme) than those of former Rand Paul staffer Jack Hunter whose anonymous personality, the “Confederate Avenger,” was outed in 2013 leading him to apologize for his racist postings and masked public appearances. Hunter and Paul later came to a “mutually agreed” resignation.
Ms Stevens has now protected her Twitter account to try to keep people from seeing how deranged and extreme she was — but of course, nothing ever disappears from the Internet. Here’s a Google link at which you can view cached versions of her posts on Twitter (click the little triangle next to the search result to see the cached version).