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McAuliffe praises disgraced former appointee who resigned for homophobic, sexist tweets

Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe lately praised a former appointee who was compelled to resign over sexist and homophobic tweets, saying the educational institute he now leads “couldn’t have a greater chief, a greater mentor.”

Dr. Wes Bellamy, who was appointed by McAuliffe throughout his first time period as governor to the Virginia Board of Training and later compelled to resign, thanked McAuliffe this previous weekend on Twitter for recording a video hyping Virginia State College’s John Mercer Langston Institute for African American Political Management.

Within the video, McAuliffe mentioned the institute is the “subsequent era of leaders right here within the Commonwealth of Virginia,” including that Bellamy, the chairman of the college’s political science division, has “been an incredible pal for thus a few years” and is a superb “chief” and “mentor.”

Bellamy, the previous vice mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia, presently serves because the nationwide co-chair of “Our Black Get together,” a bunch that supports defunding the police and ending collaboration between police and ICE. In a tweet final yr, Bellamy mentioned it’s time to defund the police and “DISMANTLE AND DEVELOP NEW CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.” In a 2012 tweet, he referred to as police “pigs.”


In late 2016, Bellamy resigned from his place on the Virginia Board of Training and mentioned he was going to “redirect” his “consideration and focus” to his household and the kids and younger individuals he serves after a number of of his tweets had been unearthed. 

A McAuliffe spokesman on the time mentioned the then-governor was “horrified” upon studying in regards to the vulgar tweets, prompting Bellamy to later apologize for them. Lots of Bellamy’s offensive tweets are nonetheless up on his Twitter page

When Bellamy was in his 20s, post-college between 2009 and 2012, he tweeted many disparaging issues about White ladies and used homophobic slurs in tweets. 

BeIlamy additionally tweeted several times about how Black males should not belief White ladies, claiming they are going to file false rape allegations in opposition to them. In a single tweet about rape, Bellamy mentioned, “Phrase” in response to a different tweet that mentioned, “Eat it whereas she sleep if she moan it aint rape.”

In 2011, Bellamy claimed male college students can be negatively affected by a feminine principal on prime of already having many feminine academics, saying, “I’m all for equal alternative..however a Feminine Principal with a college filled with feminine academics is fkn a certain fireplace solution to fk up our lil boys smh.”

Bellamy used an anti-gay slur within the singular and plural kind dozens of occasions on his Twitter account, together with a 2012 tweet saying, “At my mentees bball recreation and I swear their coach is a f—– man Smh.”

A spokesman for the marketing campaign of Glenn Youngkin, McAuliffe’s Republican opponent, slammed McAuliffe as a “profession politician” who has a “40-year historical past of embracing racist, anti-gay and allegedly abusive people.”

“Glenn Youngkin believes all Virginians must be handled with dignity and respect regardless of who they’re,” Christian Martinez mentioned in a press release to Fox Information. “He’s working to make Virginia the very best place in America for everybody to reside, work and lift a household, together with members of the LGBT neighborhood.”

Bellamy has additionally praised infamous anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam chief, calling him the “GOAT,” or “biggest of all time.” In a 2015 tweet, Bellamy mentioned Farrakhan “spoke to my soul at present” and mentioned it made him really feel like “shifting mountains.” In 2012, Bellamy tweeted that it was an “honor” to be within the presence of Farrakhan, calling him a “sensible man.” 

He tweeted, “HELL YEA” in response to a different tweet asking whether or not somebody would go see Farrakhan communicate if they’d the chance to take action. 

This isn’t the primary time McAuliffe talked about Bellamy since his resignation from the Virginia Board  of Training in 2016. In October 2019, McAuliffe thanked Bellamy for inviting him to talk at Virginia State College. 


Bellamy tweeted out an image of him and his household with McAuliffe, saying, “A lot like to my man & 72nd Governor of Virginia @TerryMcAuliffe for coming and talking life to our students at @VSUTrojans at present…”

The McAuliffe marketing campaign declined to remark. Bellamy didn’t instantly reply to a Fox Information request for remark. 


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