‘I’ll Publicly Execute You’: MAGA QAnon Trolls Target Gay California Senator Over LGBT Rights Bill

An openly gay California state senator has come under attack from apparent right-wing QAnon trolls, receiving a barrage of death threats and hateful homophobic and anti-semitic messages after he introduced a pro-LGBT bill that aims to reform California’s sex offender registry.

The bill from Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, prevents gay and bisexual teens from being treated unfairly in the criminal justice system

Current California law gives judges the discretion to not add people of certain ages to the registry who may technically be in violation of statutory rape laws.

According to Mother Jones, the “leeway allows judges to determine that in certain circumstances—say a 19 year-old having sex with a 17 year old—it would be inappropriate to add a person to the registry. But the law only allows such discretion for people accused of vaginal intercourse with a minor; judges have no say in instances of digital penetration, anal, or oral sex.”

The outlet notes: “LGBTQ advocates argue the situation unfairly penalizes people who do not engage in penile-vaginal intercourse, a problem that Sen. Wiener’s legislation aims to fix. But low-level conservative blogs have written up misleading and exaggerated stories about the legislation saying that it would protect pedophiles and falsely claiming that it would mean a 22-year-old found to have sexual contact with a 12-year-old would not be placed on the registry. The existing law does not automatically keep people off the registry. It only allows judges additional discretion in making such decisions, and it does not apply to anyone found to have had sexual contact with someone younger than 14. Wiener’s proposed legislation wouldn’t change anything regarding ages, but would allow judges to treat different sexual acts equally.”

Wiener has received thousands of harassing messages related to the bill, mostly on Instagram, since last Friday.

“The comments are gross,” Wiener said. “There’s a ton of them. They’re much, much nastier than what I’ve received before.”

One Instagram user wrote to Wiener: “You’re dead. Dead. Dead. Dead. I’ll publicly execute you. I’m gonna embarrass you. Pedophile.”

“I’ll come cut your head off and deliver it to your mom if you even considering introducing your ‘bill.’ Got it?” another wrote.

Mother Jones reports: The specific sources inciting harassment against Sen. Wiener are mostly unclear, but the patterns and characteristics of the harassment indicate that it’s being driven by conspiracists, including supporters of QAnon, the sprawling theory that holds that a cabal of liberal elites has been running a massive pedophile ring that Donald Trump is working to take down. … Sen. Wiener thinks it’s a serious problem that the technology companies have given conspiracy theorists and anyone willing to abuse their platforms a weapon, particularly when it is targeted to influence democracy. “Whether its QAnon or Russian troll farms, these are factories of false info designed to undermine democracy and public discourse. And also to send a message to elected officials that if you pursue unpopular progressive change to help marginalized groups like queer kids, ‘We’re going to target you,’” he said.

Weiner publicly addressed the vile attacks in a Twitter thread on Thursday, writing: “Thread: This week, I’ve been the target of violent, homophobic, antisemitic attacks from the QAnon/anti-vax right, including death threats (screenshots below). All b/c I’m authoring SB 145 to end discrimination against LGBTQ youth on sex offender registry. Currently LGBTQ young people are forced onto the sex offender registry in situations where straight youth are not. This discrimination is a relic of times when gay sex was illegal. The bill is supported by major LGBTQ, civil rights, law enforcement groups.”

“TRIGGER WARNING: I’m attaching screenshots of some of the messages & comments on Instagram I’ve received from the QAnon/anti-vax right. They range from death threats:”

“I’ve also received numerous vile antisemitic attacks that play into centuries-old antisemitic tropes:”