Virginia Deputy Fired After Posting Far Right Calls For Violence On Social Media
A Virginia sheriff's deputy was fired Saturday after a freelance journalist linked his social media account with chilling threats against politicians and judges.
One of the comments posted on the MP's WeThePeopleWarrior profile on the right-wing social media platform Parler urged followers to find the homes of politicians and “liberal” judges and “remove them from their sanctuary”.
"Take back your state capitals," urged the post. “Find the homes of every governor, mayor, attorney general, liberal judge, senator, congressman, and every major media / social media CEO. Find her. Remove them from their sanctuary. Take the nightmare to where they put their heads and kiss their loved ones. Show them that they are NOT sacrosanct. "
The MP was identified as Aaron Hoffman in a local press release and by the Washington Post. He was exposed by Charlottesville freelance journalist Molly Conger, who revealed the posts on her Twitter thread.
Hoffman told the Post that the account was his but insisted he not post the comments. "I didn't make these posts," said Hoffman. "I'm trying to find out who did it." He said the comments "bothered" him too.
By Saturday afternoon, all of Hoffman's social media accounts had either been set to private or deleted.
Another post from Hoffman's report included the threat of killing anyone who touched his children in order to vaccinate them against COVID-19 without his consent. "Not a threat, but a promise," added the post.
The person behind the WeThePeopleWarrior account also announced that he would become "insanely violent" if someone tried to get him to wear a face mask. There was also a threatening comment on Barack Obama and a suggestion that the life of Supreme Court Justice John Roberts "must be cut short." Roberts has become a particular target of the far right lately for failing to take action to overthrow the presidential election.
WeThePeopleWarrior publishes in response to a comment on "corrupt" Supreme Court Justice John Roberts. (Photo: Screenshot / Parler / WeThePeopleWarrior)
Prince William Sheriff Glendell Hill (R) told the Post that he found the comments "very despicable". So that's why I took the measures that I was taking, ”he added, referring to Hoffman's release. "I definitely disagree with that, and of course it's against our policies."
The sheriff's office issued a statement on Facebook Saturday stating that it was "notified of disruptive comments on multiple social media by a deputy sheriff who has not been identified.
After an internal investigation, the "deputy has been released from employment with our office," the statement added. The office thanked the public for bringing this to our attention.
People who commented on the Facebook page welcomed the swift action by the authorities but feared that Hoffman might now seek work with another police force. Many were also concerned that he appeared to be still heavily armed. Conger posted a Hoffman post on Parler showing off his weapons.
An Arkansa police chief resigned last month after being linked to a Parler message calling for the "death of all Marxist Democrats". Lang Holland, now the former Marshall Police Chief, initially claimed his account had been hacked but later admitted to authoring the posts.
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