On March 25, Flagler County Commissioner Joe Mullins appeared earlier than a gaggle he calls the “cute deplorables” and offered a stump speech and listing of grievances much like these he discusses at “city halls” marketed for him by the county administration.
The presentation was attended by Faculty Board member Janet McDonald, recorded on video and posted to Mullins’s Fb web page, although he took it down days later after Faculty Board member Colleen Conklin and Flagler Seaside Metropolis Commissioner Eric Cooley lambasted him for its falsehoods, inaccuracies, bigoted slurs and varied assaults, together with assaults on native Republicans. (See the complete article right here: “Calling Mullins ‘Pied Piper of Hate, Deception and Fraud,’ School Board’s Conklin Rips His Latest Attack on LGBTQ and GOP.“)
Mullins mentioned quite a few points, together with the native college board’s non-discrimination insurance policies, which he mischaracterized, immigration, the Atlanta massage-parlor murders, and so forth. Mullins’s downside with info shouldn’t be new, pre-dating his election. We fact-checked his newest statements from that March 25 look.
Mullins declare: “Only in the near past the [Flagler County] college board accredited a transgender–in Flagler County, accredited the transgender act. It was voted 3-2.”
False. There isn’t any “transgender act.” In mid-December, the board voted to add the words “gender identity” to the listing of express protections within the college’s anti-discrimination coverage, according to a Supreme Court and 11th Circuit Court of Appeals choices forbidding intercourse discrimination, which incorporates gender discrimination below any guise. Absent the district’s change, the district might have uncovered itself to pricey litigation.
The subsequent Mullins declare was paired with a declare by Janet McDonald, who was within the viewers. Mullins prompted McDonald about what led to the district’s coverage change concerning transgender college students. McDonald mentioned: “One dad or mum due to one baby in a really complicated scenario that was evaluated and researched and studied and located that there was no disparagement in any respect. It was confusion on the a part of the kid.” Mullins mentioned: “One child out of 13,000,”
Principally false or deceptive: McDonald was referring to the case of Randall Bertrand’s son, the transgender scholar who together with his mother and father would finally galvanise the native motion that led to the district’s coverage adjustments. (His and the Bertrands’ names are used right here since they’ve all brazenly and repeatedly spoken in regards to the case and the coverage.) The scholar had begun figuring out as male within the 2018-19 college yr, altering his title to Elliott. All his academics at Matanzas Excessive Faculty had been supportive, adapting to his chosen title and pronouns, with one exception: Jens Oliva in his choir class. Who’d name him 4 completely different names or nicknames of Oliva’s personal selecting, itself an added presumption on the college students’ expense–however not Elliott, claiming that title was equivalent to a few of his family members’ names. He by no means defined why that will pose an issue: college students’ names typically and inevitably are the identical as a trainer’s relations’.
There was by no means any “confusion” on the scholar’s or Oliva’s half in regards to the “scenario,” as McDonald described it. There have been different associated points in Oliva’s habits towards Elliott and one other transgender scholar in school that precipitated issues and the place Oliva’s intentions had been much less clear, however not concerning the title, when there was no query that the scholar had felt disparaged. Opposite to McDonald’s categorical declare, the scenario was under no circumstances “evaluated and researched and studied.” An unbiased inquiry was by no means performed. The assistant principal who supervises Oliva alone performed an inquiry, accepting Oliva’s rationalization that he had not supposed disparagement. However that inquiry was performed solely after Randall Bertrand took the case to the college board, having failed to realize satisfaction on the college stage. The inquiry’s papering over of the problem left the Bertrands uneasy they usually transferred their son to Flagler Palm Coast Excessive Faculty, the place then-principal Tom Russell instantly ensured that Elliott’s needs and dignity had been revered all through.
The Bertrands’ advocacy for a coverage extra explicitly protecting of transgender college students continued by way of quite a few college board conferences, the place in some instances the Bertrands and others within the LGBTQ group endured open insults and disparagement, particularly from an individual who described herself as a minister and former lesbian. The conferences revealed that, opposite to McDonald’s declare that the problem revolved round one scholar, it affected quite a few college students, a number of of whom addressed the board. The college board resisted the requires a change till the Supreme Court docket dominated on the choice about gender equality together with transgender college students. In context and given the historical past of the problem, McDonald’s description of the unique difficulty as “confusion on the a part of the kid” and Mullins’s claims about one scholar are knowingly disingenuous and once more disparages the scholar.
Mullins Declare: He requested McDonald to call the three college board members who voted for the coverage change: Trevor Tucker, Colleen Conklin and Cheryl Massaro. Mullins then claimed: “Two of them declare to be Republicans,” implying that, as McDonald mentioned within the background, “to get voted into workplace” solely.
False. Tucker has been a life-long Republican, he informed FlaglerLive. Massaro mentioned: “I’ve been a Republican earlier than I moved right here, I used to be a Republican in Pennsylvania, in order that was 18, 19 years in the past, in that ballpark, then I stayed a Republican right here.” She mentioned she briefly modified her registration to the Democratic Celebration when she couldn’t abide the Trump administration’s coverage towards kids of undocumented immigrants on the border, however switched again inside a matter of days. “Nearly all of my life I’ve been a Republican, a giant majority.”
Mullins declare: “These guys which are doing this aren’t voting for his or her group. I can inform you, the vast majority of this group doesn’t need that. They don’t need these issues right here in Flagler County.”
Principally false: Massaro, who was vocal and lively on behalf of transgender rights in the course of the marketing campaign, was elected with 56 % of the vote, Conklin with 52 % in a three-way race. With a single exception, Conklin, the lone Democrat on a countywide board in Flagler, has not misplaced a precinct in any of her elections going again to 2000.
Mullins declare, about an unnamed federal official: “Her feedback, ‘we’re going to ship them to agriculture areas to get jobs.’ Effectively, Flagler County is a significant agriculture. We don’t need that right here, and I don’t have an issue publicly saying that I don’t need it right here, they’ll name me racist, they’ll name me no matter, however I don’t need unlawful folks coming right here, sucking out of the county, the lifetime of the county, one thing that you just guys labored laborious for to contribute.”
False. On March 18 the Democratic-majority Home of Representatives voted with 30 Republicans becoming a member of Democrats to open a path to authorized standing to some 1 million undocumented farmworkers and their households. The measure says nothing about relocating farmworkers. Mullins is misinformed in regards to the Flagler and Volusia counties’ farm communities, such because the fern-growing group in Pierson. Undocumented immigrants have been dwelling in these communities for years.
Mullins declare: “Since I’ve been in workplace I’ve promoted a conservative, prayer group, a Christian group, conservative, Christian group to such an excessive.
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Mullins declare: I’ve had over 40 conservatives transfer right here within the final three months, which have moved right here as a result of they’ve seen a number of the posts on the arguing they usually go, we don’t need to dwell there, we don’t need to dwell in California or New York anymore. They’re coming to this space as a result of they need to escape that.”
Deceptive and misinformed: Conceding Mullins’s level that 40 conservatives have moved to Flagler in three months, the county has been attracting some 150 to 175 new residents a month on common, contributing to creating Florida as a complete the highest vacation spot of Individuals shifting from one state to a different, in keeping with a recent analysis of 25,000 strikes by HireAHelper. However they’re shifting to Florida from conservative and liberal states alike, together with from states extra conservative than Florida, resembling South and North Dakota, Tennessee, Wyoming and Indiana, suggesting, if something, that they might be in search of a extra purple state than their very own. Three of the ten cities that attracted essentially the most Individuals from different states are in Florida: Jacksonville, Sarasota and Orlando. Jacksonville and Orlando voted closely for Biden. Sarasota County voted for Trump (the highest metropolis in america was Scottsdale, Az., in a county that voted for Biden). However political preferences aren’t on movers’ lists of priorities, the examine discovered. The highest motive for movers to return to Florida are affordability, getting nearer to household, and work. Politics didn’t charge.
Mullins declare: “I simply obtained picked up in syndicating now in St. Johns and Duvall County,” he mentioned of his radio infomercial. “It’s going to be at WSOO, WSOLS in St. Johns, and it’s going to be on at 10 o’clock.”
Deceptive. Mullins pays for a weekly infomercial on Flagler Broadcasting’s WNZF. He has purchased a time slot on St. Augustine radio station WSOS, owned by Kevin Geddings, which can broadcast the WNZF business entire, for between $100 and $200 a slot. Geddings sells such time slots to any entity prepared to pay for it, despite the fact that the station’s format is traditional oldies. The station’s protection extends to Duval solely in essentially the most “distant” or “fringe” methods, according to a coverage map.
Mullins declare: “I can assure you, Kamala Harris has already mentioned, she’s going to go after weapons, that they don’t should be within the fingers of individuals.”
False. Mullins is recycling a long-discredited Fb put up, primarily based on an entirely fabricated quote, that Vice President Kamala Harris would dispatch regulation enforcement officers to confiscate weapons. When she was working for president, she mentioned: “”Upon being elected (president), I’ll give america Congress 100 days to get their act collectively and have the braveness to move affordable gun security legal guidelines. And in the event that they fail to do it, then I’ll take govt motion.” The gun-safety legal guidelines she would search, she mentioned, would come with background checks for anybody who sells greater than 5 weapons a yr and extra rigorous enforcement of present legal guidelines by the ATF. She has additionally supported guaranteeing that these discovered to be a hazard to themselves and others by court docket order or from earlier felonies not have entry to weapons–measures Flagler County’s judges impose, at occasions extra broadly (usually, these arrested for felony home violence should give up their weapons till a disposition of their case), and that Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly routinely enforces. Mullins in the previous few days recycled an image of himself with Staly on his Fb web page, to say he totally helps the sheriff. The image is outdated as a result of the sheriff has been protecting his distance from the commissioner.
Mullins declare in regards to the homicide of eight people at three Atlanta-area therapeutic massage parlors two weeks in the past: “It was a therapeutic massage parlor, Chinese language therapeutic massage parlors which are famous or identified to have extra-curricular actions happening. … They’re unlawful. We’re turning round–now, granted, I hate that there was homicide occur there, I hate that there was victims that had been killed. However you can not, that’s like God says, don’t do unlawful act like that, or don’t do a sinful act, you’ll get punishment from it. There [are] repercussions, that sort of stuff attracts a number of the lowest life. Most of them are child-trafficked in there. They’re trafficking. However but we flip it round to a race factor, the place our president got here to it. Is that saying that that sort of motion is OK?”
False on virtually each rely. The therapeutic massage parlors aren’t “Chinese language therapeutic massage parlors,” a press release Mullins might have supposed to echo the slur of the “Chinese language virus” whilst he claimed to ridicule the likelihood that the murders had been racially motivated. There aren’t any indications that the parlors are both owned or staffed by Chinese language personnel, although there might have been Chinese language staff amongst them. There are clear indications that a number of the staff and victims had been Korean, for instance. The therapeutic massage parlors aren’t unlawful: many like them function in Palm Coast. The declare that “most of them are child-trafficked in there” is fake and defamatory. Mullins offered no proof for any of his statements.
Mullins declare: “Three nations, Sodom and Gomorrah, Babylon, and Judea, all of them fell due to stuff like this, all that is being replayed and it was performed many 1000’s of years in the past.”
Misinformed. Mullins didn’t specify what he meant by “stuff like this,” however he was talking within the context of transgender points on the college board. Sodom and Gomorrah weren’t nations however legendary cities whose historicity has by no means been confirmed, although they’re a part of the Bible’s wealthy trove of metaphorical tales. The 2 cities are normally related negatively with homosexuality, the phrase sodomite fiunding its origin within the title of Sodom. Babylon fell to conquest in 539 BC, the sexuality or gender preferences of its inhabitants having nothing to do with it anymore than, say, Atlanta’s fall to Gen. Sherman in 1864. Judea is the area identified right now because the Israeli-occupied West Financial institution, and has thrived and fallen below varied kingdoms or empires over the centuries.
Mullins declare: “We’re shedding our proper to talk, we’re shedding our proper to have God in issues, we’re shedding our proper to have weapons, we’re shedding each proper we’ve as conservatives. What constructed this nation is impulsively not proper anymore.”
Unsubstantiated. It’s not clear what Mullins is referring to. His Fb web page was shut down earlier this yr, for violating Fb’s phrases of service, which normally means it pureyed falsehoods (Mullins described it as being in “Fb jail”). The account was shut down shortly after Mullins returned from the journey he sponsored to Washington, D.C., the place he joined the pro-Trump rally claiming the election was a fraud. The rally devolved into an armed rebellion and storming of Congress in an try to overturn the election. There may be zero proof of Mullins or anybody else having their proper to talk, “to have God in issues” to to have weapons abrogated.
Mullins declare: “However the Democrats don’t play the sport truthful anymore, as we noticed with the unlawful votes, as we noticed with a president that’s proper now that’s not our voted in president. This president wasn’t elected by this nation.”
False. Joe Biden was elected with 81.3 million votes to Trump’s 74.2 million, a 7.1 million margin, and 306 electoral votes. Greater than 50 court docket instances refuted claims of fraud or irregularities, together with the U.S. Supreme Court docket. State election officers and Trump’s personal legal professional common, Invoice Barr, refuted claims of fraud or irregularities. Fox Information faces a $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit from Smartmatic for disparaging its election know-how, and a $1.6 billion lawsuit from Dominion Voting Programs for a similar motive.
Mullins’s warning to liberals: “You may come right here, however in case you’re going to return right here and attempt to change it, you’re going to be depressing, and as I’ve mentioned to many liberals, I’ll fortunately ship you out on a bus, which has been within the paper just a few occasions, however–or we’ll chain and muzzle you.”
The declare that Mullins has repeatedly mentioned that’s true.