The wife of a Washington state prosecutor was busted -- again -- for using racial slurs on social media.
Lesley Anne Haskell, the wife of Spokane County prosecutor Larry Haskell, typed out the N-word and repeatedly referred to herself as a "proud White nationalist" on the right-wing Gab platform, which has become a cesspool of bigotry, reported the Inlander.
Haskell reacted to a New York Post story, "MSNBC’s Joy Reid: Conservatives would trade tax cuts to ‘openly say the N-word,' by declaring the TV host was "the true definition of the word" -- which she typed out -- and frequently interacts with prominent white nationalist accounts and expresses similar views.
"Our race is dying, we need to make more White babies!" Haskell wrote in one post.
Even her profile name, Beauseant_Deux_Vult, appears to be a white nationalist reference to the crusader war cry "Deus Vult," which is Latin for "God wills it," and "Beauseant" was the banner of the Knights Templar that has been invoked by Norwegian mass shooter Anders Breivik and other extremists.
"Here I am proudly posing with some Proud Boys," Haskell wrote in another post, which does show her posing proudly with members of the right-wing militant group.
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has expressed serious concerns about Haskell's social media posts in the past, after they first emerged in 2015, and he said the newly revealed posts are "totally inappropriate.
"The Spokane GOP does not agree with Lesley Haskell’s politics," Knezovich said. "The GOP does not support her. There is very little association between her and the GOP whatsoever."
Haskell slurred George Floyd as a "scumbag drug addict" and lamented the convictions of the police officer who killed him, as well as two white men who gunned down Ahmaud Arbery, but her husband declined to say whether he agreed with her views.
"The Inlander recently made me aware of social media comments attributed to my wife, which the Inlander finds concerning," Larry Haskell said in a statement. "In a right shared by everyone, I fully recognize my wife's right to express her thoughts. In a previous discussion regarding my wife's social media postings, I stated such were hers, and hers alone. I acknowledged that she is a strong-willed person who will speak her mind. I do so again in this instance."
Emergency crews were at the scene of a bridge collapse in Pittsburgh on Friday morning, hours ahead of President Joe Biden’s visit to the region, where he was set to tout the benefits of his federal infrastructure law and other administration achievements.
According to the Tribune-Review of Pittsburgh, the bridge, which carries Forbes Avenue over the Fern Hollow Creek in the city’s Frick Park, collapsed Friday morning with vehicles, including a Port Authority bus, on the span. The bridge, between South Braddock and South Dallas Avenues, is a central artery to the city’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood.
Shortly before 9 a.m, the Tribune-Review reported that 10 people had been injured, none life-threatening, and three people had been taken to hospital. Because they necessitate detours and road closures, presidential visits typically snarl traffic in host cities.
Biden is set to visit a research lab in Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood neighborhood, the Post-Gazette reported Friday. Gov. Tom Wolf is slated to appear with Biden during his visit, according to an advisory from Wolf’s office.
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DC's Union Station 'covered end to end' with swastikas the day after Holocaust Remembrance Day: reports
One day after Holocaust Remembrance Day, multiple people posted photos to social media showing swastikas scrawled on Washington, DC's iconic Union Station.
"There are hand-drawn swastikas all over the entrance to Union Station in DC. Almost every column," reported CBS News White correspondent Bo Erickson.
He posted four photos showing swastikas drawn on the building's stone exterior.
There are hand-drawn swastikas all over the entrance to Union Station in DC. Almost every column:pic.twitter.com/3lUk8iL7Cx— Bo Erickson CBS (@Bo Erickson CBS) 1643378128
Erickson was not the only person to post photos of swastikas at the station, which is a major transportation hub serving DC's Metro system, commuter rail, Metrobus, and is the souther terminus of Amtrak's Acela corridor.
Here are other images of the station posted to Twitter:
Incredibly disturbing. This morning Union Station in #WashingtonDC is covered in what appears to be hand drawn swastikas. @wusa9 has a crew on scene and will have a live report coming up on the News at Noonpic.twitter.com/u64SQfRDxO— Sharla McBride (@Sharla McBride) 1643383447
Union Station covered end to end in swastikas this morning. Fucking disgusting. @BarredinDC @PoPville @theHillisHomepic.twitter.com/pLI5eHYu5k— Michael (he/him) Leaf Blower Karen NE\u26a1\ufe0fDC (@Michael (he/him) Leaf Blower Karen NE\u26a1\ufe0fDC) 1643374669
Yesterday was #HolocaustRemembranceDay. Today, my friend shared the horror of walking through Union Station in DC to find swastikas on every single column. Too many to count. This is not okay. Your Jewish friends are exhausted and need you as partners in calling out antisemitism.pic.twitter.com/g44X1AYGxw— Sheila Katz (@Sheila Katz) 1643380720
Somebody drew swastikas all around the outside of Union Station in DC. I am sick to my stomach. These photos are only just a few of them. They\u2019re all over.pic.twitter.com/dZHJaspDFi— Sam Lisker (@Sam Lisker) 1643376502
HAPPENING NOW: An investigation is underway by @Amtrak police at Union Station after swastikas were drawn on the columns. \n\n@wusa9 photojournalist Dion Wiggins is at the scene.pic.twitter.com/1zcQcHQ9fH— Matthew Torres (@Matthew Torres) 1643383540