Arizona Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs’ press secretary resigned Wednesday morning after what appeared to be suggesting gun violence against “transphobes,” just hours after a woman identifying as transgender shot and killed six people at a Tennessee school.
“We when we see transphobes,” Hobbs press secretary Josselyn Berry tweeted just hours after 28-year-old Audrey Hale opened fire on Nashville’s Covenant School, killing three children and three adults.
Berry’s tweet included a GIF of the late actress Gena Rowlands in a scene from the movie “Gloria” where she points to two revolver pistols.
Arizona Republicans immediately accused Berry of inciting violence and urged Hobbs to fire her.
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“Calling for violence is NEVER acceptable,” the Arizona Freedom Caucus tweeted. “@GovernorHobbs Press Sec. to tweet that political opponents are being shot dead the same day a trans activist shoots down a school is nothing short of vile and heartless. There’s no room for that in AZ Fire @joss_berry Now.”
Arizona State Assemblyman Austin Smith tweeted, “Fire @joss_berry. The call to violence from the 9th floor is below the office she is to serve in.”
“Please contact the @katiehobbs office and respectfully request that they fire their publicist Josselyn Berry who posted a inflammatory meme calling for the murder of transphobes,” Arizona Women of Action tweeted. “Pray for a peaceful solution.”
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The offending post by Berry, a Democratic staffer and spokesman for Hobbs, was later removed from Twitter for violating the site’s rules.
“The governor does not condone violence in any form. This government places mutual respect at the heart of how we deal with each other. The post of press secretary does not reflect the values of the administration. The governor has received and accepts the press secretary’s resignation,” the governor’s office told ABC15 in a statement.
Gov. Hobbs’ office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.
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