Tuesday, December 05, 2023

Moms for Liberty try to distance themselves from sex scandal but social media won't let them

Based on tweets like this, Moms for Liberty won't be able to distance themselves from the Ziegler sex scandal any time soon.

The scandal involving Moms for Liberty co-founder Bridget Ziegler and her husband, Florida GOP Chairman Christian Ziegler continues while Moms for Liberty leaders try to distance themselves from the once conservative power couple:

From the Sarasota Herald-Tribune:

In a statement sent Tuesday, Moms for Liberty's co-founders distanced themselves from Bridget Ziegler, another of the organization's co-founders and current Sarasota County School Board member, following accusations of sexual assault against her husband, Christian Ziegler, by a woman with whom he and Bridget had a three-way sexual relationship. 

 Former Brevard County School Board member Tina Descovich and former Indian River County School Board member Tiffany Justice, together with Bridget Ziegler, founded Moms for Liberty in January 2021. Moms for Liberty is now a conservative education activist group with more than 120,000 members and almost 300 chapters across 44 states. 

 Descovich and Justice issued a joint statement Wednesday afternoon reiterating that Bridget Ziegler had resigned from the organization within the same month of its incorporation. The statement came as several local activist groups prepare to rally at an upcoming Sarasota School Board meeting on Dec. 12 to call for Bridget Ziegler's resignation.   . . . The statement emphasized the nature of the allegations against Christian Ziegler and said any allegation of sexual assault should be taken seriously and fully investigated. 

 Despite leaving Moms for Liberty, Bridget Ziegler has defended the group. However, she is not listed as one of the founders on the Moms for Liberty website. Christian Ziegler, while not directly professionally involved with Moms for Liberty, spoke at the organization's national summit in Philadelphia last summer, advising in a media training session for participants to "Never apologize. Ever."

Whiles Moms for Liberty leaders are trying to distance themselves from the Zieglers, many on Twitter are not letting them off so easily. It's relatively easy to be amused by these tweets, but we shouldn't forget two things.

1. At the heart of all of this is an allegation of rape. There is a woman who didn't ask for any of this and now her life has been turned upside down.

2. It's easy to claim that the tweets below are cruel because they are. But we shouldn't forget the nuance of their so-called cruelty. They were merely reactions to Mothers For Liberty's attacks and scapegoating of books and the LGBTQ community. Moms for Liberty will no doubt play the victim while wanting you to forget the reasons why they are considered a hate group. Don't do it. (this link from GLAAD details the different ways Moms for Liberty have denigrated LGBTQ people.) The tweets below, no matter how rude they seem to be, are a symptom of the ill will Moms for Liberty has created for themselves.  People tend to rejoice when bullies fall on their faces.

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