Sacramento’s official Sue swears she joined the Proud Boys Trucker chat by accident
A Sacramento County, California supervisor says she has no intention of rubbing off on members of the Proud boys when she joined the Telegram channel to help with potential planning truck convoy far right.
Sue Frost, one of five county supervisors, was fired this week after a regional Twitter user spotted her in a series of fringe Telegram channels, including one self-described by the Proud Boys. , who previously used Telegram to encourage the killings of Jews and the “current racial war.”
Now Frost says she is unaware of Proud Boy’s relationships on the forum. Instead, she accused the Twitter accuser of following her around and “dubbing” her in photos with the Proud Boys – a claim that Twitter users staunchly deny.
Frost is a great rival of measures against COVID such as wearing masksand previously promoted the COVID-19 conspiracy theory, the Sacramento Bee previous report. But she seems to have become actively involved in fringe organizing this month, as she posted in various Telegram groups dedicated to organizing a “convoy” in her area.
“I am the Sacramento County Supervisor who is communicating with many liberal groups that want to support the convoy,” Frost wrote in a convoy group in California this month, according to the screenshot first flagged on Twitter.
“I am a freedom fighter, Connected to my faith community of parents, businesses and my nonprofit is gorillalearninginstitution.org. Do you need a team to coordinate in Sacramento? Maybe I can help. I’m really just trying to figure out how I can contribute to the convoy and also how I can get involved. ”
Frost is featured on many California-based convoy channels. So far, the convoy, modeled after a right-wing protest in Canada, has had few clear leaders or concrete plans, with many US-based groups proposing protests against COVID prevention measures such as masks and vaccines.
“We may be going through a difficult time and it is important that we stock up in our own homes for six months of food and filtered water.”
Some of those channels are affiliated with far-right groups including the Proud Boys, a paramilitary organization, Twitter users in the Sacramento “Borwin” area. Note this week. In some cases, people with Proud Boys avatars are owners or moderators of the channel. Elsewhere on Telegram, the same users posted more provocative rhetoric, such as one who posted a Nazi symbol with the words “gas the k *** s, race” war race right now”. The user has identified himself as the leader of a California Proud Boys chapter.
Frost and her spokesperson Talk to Bee that Frost’s message was authentic, but she was unaware of the Proud Boys’ involvement in the group.
Frost said: “I support ending COVID-19 restrictions and getting life back to normal so our businesses can thrive and kids can go to school without having to wear a mask. . Bee. “But I absolutely denounce any violent extremists [sic] groups and don’t want to be associated with them. “
During a supervisory board meeting this week, Frost further defended his posts and continued to attack Twitter users who flagged them.
“I reached out to help a small local group that was collecting supplies to send to truckers. I didn’t know I guess there were these guys called the Proud Boys, okay, and there was this guy named Borwin who followed me everywhere I went and took pictures of the Proud Boys and voiced them next to my picture. me and told the world I was in with the Proud Boys when I had never even talked to the Proud Boys. “
Frost did not return a request for clarification regarding the alleged dubbing.
“Borwin” is an anonymous Twitter user who follows the state’s far-right movements (including the former identifying California Police under Proud Boy). Reached for comment, they denied Frost’s allegations.
Borwin told The Daily Beast via direct message on Twitter. “I have posted about her on a number of occasions to note that she is sharing a public protest space with the Proud Boys (and once the clown on her youtube channel). I follow the Proud Boys and other far-right groups, and the only real particular concern I have for her is whether she interacts with or works with those groups. I also never edited or ‘dubbed’ her in any of the photos. I just put her photos in the same tweet as photos of others who were also at the same rally. “
Borwin previously marked Frost’s attendance at an anti-vaccination rally this summer, where members of the Proud Boys also attended.
Contrary to Frost’s claim not to speak to the Proud Boys, some of her recent Telegram messages are conversations with people using Proud Boy’s avatar and using Proud Boy’s tagline.
“Is there a logo or name for the convoy? We if we [sic] Want to start making banners or signs for a discount? ” Frost wrote in a chat with someone who used a Proud Boy avatar (and with that self-described Proud Boy counterpart). Both users associated with Proud Boy are listed as admins of the channel.
In a reply to a self-described Proud Boy partner, Frost suggested that a food shortage was imminent and that the convoy of trucks would be to blame.
“We may be going through a difficult time and it is important that we stock up in our own homes with food and water for six months. We should collect dry goods, pasta, canned goods, etc.” [sic] anyway.”
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