Last night, Christine Hallquist became the first transgender person to be nominated by a major party for governor. The nominee, however, is now facing added scrutiny over some disturbing tweets from the past.
Hallquist, who was born male but is now transitioning to female, managed to overcome the controversy surrounding her sexual identity and won the nomination by sticking to local issues in the very liberal state of Vermont.
However, Hallquist has made some disturbing statements toward Christians, which would have doomed a candidacy in larger, more diverse states. In the small, white, liberal enclave of Vermont, however, it may not cause much controversy.
The run for governor was not Hallquist’s first entry into public service. According to the candidate’s website, “She has served as Hyde Park Town Meeting Day Moderator for the past five years, chaired the Sterling Area Services Mental Health Board, and served on the Hyde Park School Board. She is a member of United Community Church in Morrisville.”
Hallquist came out as transgender four years ago, according to her campaign website. “In 2015, Christine made the decision, after years of holding it inside, to come out as her true self, a transgender woman, becoming the first business leader in the country to transition while in office.”
According to a report by Scott Morefield of The Daily Caller, Hallquist has often made derogatory statements about Christians being evil and bigoted.
In a tweet about a story involving a little girl who looked “like a boy,” Hallquist railed against “radicalized Christians.” “And we worry about sharia law,” Hallquist said in a tweet. “Radicalized Christians are a part of the American landscape, and we tolerate it.”
And we worry about sharia law!! Radicalized Christians are a part of the American landscape, and we tolerate it. https://t.co/Q4UmEKAYLi
— Christine Hallquist (@Christinehinvt) June 6, 2017
Earlier this year, Hallquist has duped by the comedy/satire site The Babylon Bee, which doesn’t hide the fact that its stories are jokes. However, Hallquist apparently only read the title and retweeted it, and didn’t dig any deeper to discover the truth.
Some of these Christian evangelist’s are just downright crazy https://t.co/hCqYdvEpZY
— Christine Hallquist (@Christinehinvt) January 21, 2018
Even more tweets showcase Hallquist’s animosity toward Christians.
Of course! Probably most of them call themselves Christians. https://t.co/fFqGS12QCc
— Christine Hallquist (@Christinehinvt) December 23, 2016
I'll bet she called herself a "Christian" https://t.co/VFJWtQV4W3
— Christine Hallquist (@Christinehinvt) January 17, 2017
I am guessing that this so-called Christian hypocrites would've not allowed Mary, the mother of Jesus, because she wore a Hijab https://t.co/n2yMzWXkFQ
— Christine Hallquist (@Christinehinvt) April 25, 2017
Still, Hallquist’s win was lauded by Hollywood stars, including those in the LGBTQ community.
Congratulations to Christine Hallquist, the first transgender woman to be nominated by a major political party as a candidate for the governor’s office. An historic day. https://t.co/P2X2v2ZGDA
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 15, 2018
Hallquist has yet to address the tweets.
H/T: Boston Globe