Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-07) is in the center of fresh controversy as Twitter trolls seem to be operating contrary to her own admonishments for civility in the public square.
Of course, this wouldn’t be news in and of itself… except for the fact that this particular troll just happens to have been an actual campaign staffer. The story was first publicly reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Patrick Wilson after being tolerated by Virginia Republicans for many months to the point that it was considered passe.
…and now we are here. More details from American Thinker:
Gordon “Max” Heyworth worked with the congresswoman at a consulting firm after she left the CIA in 2014. He joined team Spanberger in 2017 where his Linkedin page describes his duties as developing communications, fundraising, crafting position statements, coordinating social media campaigns and writing Spanberger’s nomination and victory speeches.
In other words, not a low-level staffer.
Not an intern.
Not a person who did not know better.
…but a high level staffer who knew precisely what he was doing.
Gordon “Max” Heyworth doesn’t seem to be the least bit repentant either, though his Twitter account entitled Woke Mr. Plow has since been deleted. Many of the Spanberger aide’s targets — including former US Navy SEAL Delegate John McGuire — aren’t buying the line that Heyworth’s services were purely voluntary:
McGuire, as well as Tina Ramirez, a Republican challenging Spanberger in the upcoming 2020 race, is not buying the congresswoman’s ignorance of Heyworth’s tweets. McGuire suggested Spanberger looked the other way while a close associate spread vitriolic insults online. “If there’s one thing voters cannot stand about politician, its hypocrisy,” he said. Ramirez called Heyworth’s tweets “disgusting” and “it says a lot about what Spanberger really thinks about civility.”
Here’s a smattering of what Heyworth wrote on behalf of Spanberger as representative of his progressive (sic) values:
In one tweet he called out McGuire’s service to his country, labeling him:
“…a mindless cretin without any sense of service to your country., the worst type of American, a sniveling, brain-dead propagandist and a f***ing dullard.”
From May, 2019:
“put aside our differnces? This coming from the talking dildo who showed up at the Blexit rally with bells on!”
In June, 2019 again directed at McGuire:
“A guy who publicly fellates a mean-spirited brute like Trump…can take his pleas for kindness and shove them all the way up his tiny little a**.”
In August when McGuire stated “white supremacy has no place in the world,” Heyworth wrote:
“Shut the f**k Up! You braindead parrot! You roll over like a F***ing labrador for Grand Wizard Trump.Your words ring as hollow as that cavernous goddamn head of yours. Seriously, F***you and all those like you.”
Apparently, Heyworth hates all Republicans, even their children. When Cameron Cox, the college-age son of House Speaker Kirk Cox (R-Colonial Heights) tweeted out his desire for productive conversations between opposing parties, Heyworth called him, “A f***ing p***y.”
Then it was on to President Trump:
“Mr. President, I’ m using this opportunity to call you and everyone who supports you–an irreedeemable white trash piece of shit.”
In January he lashed out at Delegate Nick Freitas(R-Culpeper) and his voters.
“[Freitas]is the worst kind of citizen this country has to offer [his core voters] are “dim-witted frothing mouthed, servile, unevolved, knuckle-dragging dumbs**ts.”
In July, the same month Spanberger was speaking to a group of 300 constituents in Virginia criticizing Twitter wars and expressing her desire for both sides to come together Heyworth tweeted:
“…all remaining Trump supporters are racist white supremacists. Every last one of them. No exceptions.”
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Spanberger declined to be interviewed for the September 14 article.
No small wonder why.