A New Jersey mayor will not resign after posting a Facebook message telling supporters of President Trump to “go f—” themselves.
“This is day one of the new SCOTUS term; the religious zealots want to enact the Christian version of Sharia law,” Flemington Mayor Betsy Driver wrote on Oct. 5 on her personal Facebook page. “If you voted for the orange monster with COVID, go f— yourself. If you plan on voting for him again, unfriend me and go f— yourself again.”
Driver, who is intersex, said this week she will not resign despite Republicans calling on her to do so, and she claimed Republicans cropped her original Facebook post.
“That they are that triggered and clutching their pearls over my being upset and angry at the threats to my LGBTQ family by a Supreme Court enabled by their support of a president, who is hate-filled and unhinged every day, is sad,” she said. “It reflects their privilege that refuses to acknowledge America’s diversity and their own intolerance of anyone who disagrees with them. By not calling out their own supporters, who are now resorting to personal attacks and threats on me and my family, just shows how depraved the Hunterdon GOP has become.”
Republicans in the state slammed her Facebook post as “particularly shameful and insulting” and demanded her resignation.
“While I don’t quite know where to begin, I do know where to end: Mayor Driver, you should resign and you should do it now,” Hunterdon County Republican Committee chairman Gabe Plumer wrote in response.
“Your statement is antithetical to the principles of representative democracy. It is further proof that you do not represent the people of Flemington, the character of Hunterdon County, and the values of at least a part of the Democrat party,” he continued.
Others joined Plumer in calling for Driver’s resignation.
“By any elected official, it has no place whatsoever in the public discourse,” tweeted Jack Ciattarelli, a former New Jersey Assemblyman and a Republican candidate for governor. “I join with Chairman Plumer in calling for Driver’s resignation & urge leaders across our state to do the same.”
“I really do think and believe that you owe the entire community an apology. I would suggest you resign,” community member Robert Shore said. “You’re the mayor of this town, and you should be beyond reproach in the comments that you make on your personal page — that you make in public anywhere.”
*story by The Washington Examiner