David Dietrich is a former election committee chairman in Hampton, Virginia, who has come under fire for using a racial slur in a Facebook post promoting lynching.
The post referred to two prominent black military officials. It has sparked much controversy, with everyone from Hampton’s Republican Party to the state’s governor calling for Dietrich to resign, which WAVY.com says he eventually did.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Facebook post used a racial slur and called for a “good, public lynching”
The Republican Party of Hampton, Virginia, shared a copy of an alleged February 2021 Facebook post by Dietrich titled “Military Purge.” Heavy posted it above, but the full racial slur blurred what the “N” word was.
It begins: “This situation with the US military is getting more disgusting and dangerous by the day.”
The post criticized Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, who is black, for “resigning the military to hunt down ‘white nationalists.'” In other words, he wants to remove conservative, freedom-loving Americans from the roles.”
He then criticized the appointment of retired General Russel Honore, also black, to oversee the “security infrastructure” on Capitol Hill, writing, “If you listened to this guy, you’d think he was a black nationalist.”
The Post accused the leaders of being “vile and racist,” adding, “There’s no way to describe them other than in terms their own people understand. They’re nothing more than dirty, smelly (N-word). We’re being cornered by these enemies of the people. If they want civil war, they’ll get it in no time. Maybe the best way to bring us back from the brink is a good public lynching.”
The Facebook post can still be seen on Dietrich’s Facebook page.
2. The Republican Party asked a Chief Justice to remove Dietrich
The Hampton Republican Party shared a copy of Dietrich’s Facebook post, urging him to resign, writing on Facebook,
The Hampton Republican Party reiterates the motion to resign David Dietrich from his position as Electoral Officer
April 7, 2022
Late last week, the Hampton Republican Party was made aware of a Facebook post by David Dietrich, a member of the Hampton Board of Elections. In the post Mr Dietrich uses vile and unacceptable racist language which has no place in our party or our Commonwealth.
Immediately after the Facebook post broke, the Hampton Republican Party called for Mr. Dietrich to resign. In light of Mr. Dietrich’s refusal to step down, the Hampton City Republican Party has asked the Chief Justice of Hampton Circuit Court, the appointing authority for all Electoral Board members, to remove Mr. Dietrich from office.
The Hampton City Republican Party unequivocally condemns all forms of racism and bigotry, and particularly condemns the language used by Mr. Dietrich.
According to WAVY.com, he has resigned his position.
3. The state’s Republican governor called the words “disgusting”
Gov. Glenn Youngkin called Dietrich’s words “despicable” and called for Dietrich to resign.
“As Governor, I serve all Virginians. I will not accept racism in our Commonwealth or our party. The vile words of a Hampton Roads official are beyond unacceptable and have no place in Virginia. It’s time to resign.” Youngkin tweeted.
4. Dietrich, who was chairman of the Hampton Electoral Board, called Donald Trump’s election “great”
Dietrich is still listed on Hampton’s Electoral Board website. According to the website, “Each city and county in Virginia has a three-person Electoral Board whose responsibilities include: appointing the general registrar, training election officials, preparing ballots, conducting the election, and confirming election results.”
Dietrich’s Facebook page has other posts saying things like:
“When will real Americans stand up to this tyranny and destruction of our country?”
“Biden’s legal children in cages.”
One post praised President Donald Trump, beginning
…Obama was the beginning of the end of America as we know it. He made that clear with his “fundamental transformation” speech and subsequent actions. Hillary Clinton should have been the end of the beginning, the final nail in the coffin of the American dream. Then something great happened: Donald Trump was elected. This monumental event was catastrophic for the liberal, progressive, communist plans of the one world order. The ruthless Satan worshipers’ morgue had already measured the curtains.
Dietrich has been writing letters to the editor since at least 2013.
Dietrich wrote a letter to the editor of the Daily Press in August 2013, deploring what he described as “more disturbing behavior by these officers than even the circus act being demonstrated by those in Washington.”
“I have been an active participant in the Hampton City Council Public Forum for a number of years. It’s difficult to make a strong case in the only three minutes allotted to speakers during the public comment period. But as good citizens, we must do everything we can to hold our elected officials accountable for their actions,” he wrote.
He added, “The contempt these people show for the common man and the passivity with which we accept that treatment only makes them bolder.”
5. Dietrich runs a crisis management company
Dietrich’s Facebook page says he “graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale” and “attended New Trier High School East.” He lives in Hampton, Virginia.
In 2014 he ran for the Hampton School Board. He wrote on Facebook that he owns an emergency management company called Get Ready! The website states: “Our mission is to help people prepare for emergencies through education, products and advice. We believe you should prepare for crisis situations the same way you prepare for sending your children to college or retirement.”
His LinkedIn page states that Dietrich, 62, owns this company.
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