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Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs' press secretary resigns after tweet about shooting 'transphobes'

Conservatives called for the firing of Josselyn Berry after the tweet was posted.

Published: March 29, 2023 1:45pm

Updated: March 29, 2023 2:55pm

Democratic Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs' press secretary resigned Wednesday after immense backlash for a now suspended tweet invoking gun violence against "transphobes."

Hobbs' former press secretary Josselyn Berry posted a GIF in the tweet from the 1980 movie "Gloria" that showed a woman holding two handguns.

The GIF was titled "Us when we see transphobes," and it was posted Monday just hours after the school shooting in Nashville, Tenn., where transgender Audrey Hale killed three children and three adults.

After the backlash came from conservative commentators such as Matt Walsh of the Daily Wire and the Arizona Freedom Caucus, Berry put her account on private.

"Less than 12 hours after the tragic shooting in Nashville by a deranged transgender activist [Hobbs'] Press Secretary calls for shooting people Democrats disagree with," the Arizona Freedom Caucus wrote on Twitter

Walsh called for Berry to be fired Tuesday evening.

"This is what @katiehobbs press secretary decided to tweet after a trans militant shut [sic] up a school," Walsh wrote. "Any Republican would be fired for this in an instant. We're done with the double standard. @joss_berry must be fired."

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