Sacramento Bee apologizes for saying Kirk called transgender “Lynch”

The Sacramento Beea Northern California-based newspaper has apologized for falsely claiming that Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk called for “lynching” transgender people.

Charlie Kirk was scheduled to speak at the University of California, Davis on Tuesday when Sacramento bee Opinion writer Hannah Holzer called the activist “another fascist” and said he wanted to lynch transgender people.

“Among his most excruciating comments, Kirk suggested that transgender people, whom he called ‘garbage’, should be lynched,” Holzer wrote.

Holzer also called Kirk a “vocal transphobe and Donald Trump bigot” who has “turned controversy into money for years.”

Holzer based his opinion on an out-of-context clip from Charlie Kirk’s show in which he said transgender people changing in a woman’s dressing room needs to be supported “like we did in the 1950s. and the 60s.

THE Bee pushed Holzer’s claims further on his social media pages when he tweeted, “Charlie Kirk has called for the lynching of trans people, a comment that should justify the cancellation of his commitment to UC Davis.”

Kirk said he never called for the lynching of transgender people and threatened to sue the newspaper for defamation.

“This is libel and slander. We will sue unless this is corrected,” Kirk tweeted. get out of it. It is the hour of justice. He added:

Here’s THE TRUTH Swimmer Riley Gaines joined my show and shared how Lia Thomas exposed herself in the girls’ locker room. I said we “should have to go back to the 50s and 60s”, meaning local law enforcement would have intervened or parents would have boycotted the event.

“I’ve NEVER used the word ‘lynching’ and it never even crossed my mind. I actually called PEACE specifically, but they don’t want you to see that part,” he said. he concluded.

After Kirk threatens to sue, the Sacramento bee removed the “lynching” line and changed the title to say “extreme right” instead of fascist:

An earlier version of this column included a statement that Charlie Kirk had “called for the lynching of trans people”. The basis for this accusation is a video clip in which Kirk was upset that a trans woman had won an NCAA swimming championship. In the clip, Kirk said that instead of letting the woman compete, “someone should have taken care of it (sic) like we did in the 1950s and 1960s.”

THE Bee continued:

Some trans advocates on social media have extrapolated Kirk’s comments that he called for the lynching of trans people – an accusation repeated by The Bee. But a review of the video shows that Kirk never advocated for trans people to be lynched. In fact, he strongly denies the accusation. These notes have been added to the column. The Bee regrets its comments and we apologize for any misunderstanding this earlier version may have caused.

The newspaper further used Kirk’s full quote and said, “Some trans activists wondered if Kirk was referring to the potential violence associated with mid-century America, but he strongly denied it on Twitter. “


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