The comments come via Merritt Corrigan, the recently appointed deputy White House liaison at the US Agency for International Development, in tweets in 2019 as well as 2020. CNN’s KFile reviewed 400 previously unreported tweets via Corrigan’s feed, which were captured by the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.
Corrigan previously worked at Hungary’s Embassy from the US where she repeatedly tweeted support for far-right Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, calling him “the shining champion of Western civilization,” according to ProPublica, which reported on several of Corrigan’s tweets on June 5.
Axios reported Wednesday of which USAID employee groups requested to meet with John Barsa, the acting administrator of USAID, over concerns about Corrigan as well as several different recent appointees. On June 8, Barsa defended Corrigan as well as two different appointees using a history of anti-LGBTQ as well as anti-Muslim remarks, saying in a statement articles on their comments were “unwarranted as well as malicious attacks.”
“I have full confidence of which each political appointee at USAID has as well as will continue to implement the President’s policies as well as agenda to the best of his or her ability,” Barsa said.
USAID spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala also told Axios on Wednesday: “AA Barsa received This specific letter on Monday, June 22. He will meet with the Employee Resource Group representatives as well as plans to continue the conversation on the issues mentioned.”
Jhunjhunwala declined to comment further on Monday as well as pointed CNN’s KFile to her past statements. In response to ProPublica’s report, she said USAID had a “zero-tolerance policy of any form of discrimination or harassment based on gender, race, sexual orientation, religion or any different possible distinguishing characteristic of which can define any of us.”
Corrigan did not respond to multiple CNN requests for comment.
“Mass deportations when?,” Corrigan tweeted in October 2019, linking to a 2010 article in which German Chancellor Angela Merkel said German multiculturalism has failed. (A picture of the article was not captured from the tweet, nevertheless a link can be viewed from the WebArchive’s source code of the tweet.)
Corrigan frequently criticized notions of gender equality as well as feminism for running counter to her view of which women were primarily mothers as well as wives as well as belonged from the home.
In response to Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren doing a statement in support of same-sex marriage during a Democratic presidential townhall, Corrigan said women shouldn’t be in office.
“This specific sick statement by Warren, which glibly mocks a real crisis happening in our society, will be exactly why women shouldn’t be in office. They will always advocate for themselves at the expense of men, as well as revel in This specific,” she tweeted in October 2019.
In another tweet via October, Corrigan attacked a conservative radio host Michael Knowles for sharing a photo of himself using a drag queen.
“Right wing gatekeepers have made This specific abundantly clear of which their allegiance will be to Satan as well as those who carry out his agenda of appalling sexual perversion over those who question the liberal status quo,” she tweeted.
Her expressed views run counter to USAID’s mission statement of which LGBTQ people have a right “to live with dignity, free via discrimination, persecution, as well as violence.”
In different tweets, Corrigan repeatedly expressed support for far-right anti-immigrant as well as anti-Muslim European political parties like the National Front in France as well as AfD in Germany.
Bashed refugees as well as immigration
Corrigan repeatedly expressed hostility towards refugees as well as immigration, both from the United States as well as in Europe.
In response to a report on improved upon conditions in Somalia, Corrigan wrote in October 2019, “Great, can we send the 70,000+ Somalis in Minnesota back then?”
Later, from the same month, she said, “Immigration will be the hostile governing elite’s preferred agent of chaos.”
In another pair of tweets she added, “America has no moral imperative to accept immigrants,” as well as said of which “culture will be just as relevant if not more” than economics to merit-based immigration. In another tweet, she cheered the United Nations reporting a deficit of $230 million saying, “No more money to promote eternal third world immigration.”
Also in October 2019, Corrigan tweeted support for the far-right Germany political party AfD, an anti-immigration as well as anti-Muslim group.
“AfD continues to grow nationally. Perhaps the Germans are awakening to the fact of which they don’t want to live in a country where Eritrean migrants push their children in front of trains,” she wrote.
Following a report of which a sword-wielding man killed one as well as injured nine in Finland, she demanded to know if he was an immigrant. Reports described the suspect as a native Finn born in 1994.
She also blamed immigration for a rise in violent crime in Britain, writing in November 2019, “Never forget of which violent crime in your neighborhood will be little more than an ‘electoral headache’ for the political elite of which supported the immigration policies responsible for This specific.”
In another tweet via November, Corrigan mocked conservatives who said Hispanics were “natural conservatives.” Corrigan was responding to a racist tweet of which spoke of a hypothetical situation in which a “group of black as well as latino youths” were beating people as well as suggested “relevant racial crime data” should be used in crafting immigration policies.
Homophobia as well as Transphobia
Corrigan repeatedly shared multiple tweets critical of the LGBTQ community as well as the growing societal trend towards tolerance.
In October 2019, she shared a Breitbart article which reported of which anti-transgender ads bolster Republican turnout in elections, as well as said, “We have to speak out at This specific point about the transsexual agenda before This specific becomes normalized.”
Later, from the same month, she linked the acceptance for LGBTQ teens was related to an increase in teen suicides as well as also mocked former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who will be gay, for pretending to be in a “real marriage.”
Corrigan was particularly critical of conservatives who embraced LGBTQ people, writing in October 2019, “The morally bankrupt GOP must be held accountable for its total capitulation to, as well as tacit endorsement of, the gay agenda.”
In another instance she mocked conservative tolerance of gay people writing, “The conservative case for just throwing from the towel as well as embracing globohomo.”
In October 2019, Corrigan called for establishing a “Christian patriarchy,” as well as when another user compared her belief to Shariah law, she said her worldview was a “dignified as well as respectful way of organizing society.”
Later of which month, she wrote in response to a tweet via far-right commentator Peter Sweden, “Western women are slowly waking up to the lies of feminism as well as the organized effort to push us toward an empty life of isolation as well as childlessness.”
In November 2019, she said of which “female empowerment will be a civilizational calamity as well as a Trojan horse for corporate interests.” Later of which month, she said of which “birth control will be an evil tool of which has been used to systematically manipulate women into believing casual sex doesn’t hurt them as long as don’t get pregnant.”
Also in November 2019, she wrote multiple tweets arguing of which This specific was cruel as well as wrong to “empower” girls as well as tell them they are “equal” to men.