California State Senator Scott Wiener (D) blames inflammatory rhetoric and hate speech spread by right-wing officials and media personalities for violence against the LGBTQ community that included a bomb threat Tuesday at his home.
A person using the name Zamina Tataro in an email sent early Tuesday morning to The banner of San Francisco said bombs were planted inside Wiener’s San Francisco home and threatened to open fire on the state senator’s office on Capitol Hill.
“Scott Wiener will die today,” the email subject line read, according to The San Francisco Standard.
A spokesperson for the San Francisco Police Department told The Hill that officers were dispatched to Wiener’s residence shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday to investigate the threat. A search turned up no evidence of an explosive device and the incident was determined to be without merit, the spokesman said.
The emailed threat called Wiener a “pedophile” and a “groomer” and said “we’re going to kill you,” Wiener, who is openly gay, said in a statement Tuesday.
High-profile Republican officials, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.)have falsely accused Wiener and other LGBTQ leaders of “grooming” children for sexual exploitation by encouraging discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in schools and endorsing policies that protect access to health care that it claims gender for transgender minors.
Wiener specifically called out both Greene and conservative podcast host Charlie Kirk in a statement.
In September, a bill introduced by Wiener was introduced to block states from criminally prosecuting families of transgender youth who travel to California to obtain puberty blockers or hormones for their children. signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom (D). It will enter into force on January 1.
Kirk late last month He told his nearly 2 million followers on Twitter that Wiener’s bill will protect parents who “kidnap their children and take them to California for maiming surgeries,” echoing the right-wing claim that the health care they affirms gender is equivalent to “mutilation”.
Gender-affirming surgery is not recommended for youth under the age of 18, according to guidelines established by the Global Professional Association for Transgender Health and the Endocrine Society.
“If there are any scary ideas related to modern gender and sex ideology, Wiener probably has written and passed a bill about it in California,” Kirk added.
Less than 24 hours later, Wiener He said received a threatening phone call repeating claims made by Kirk.
On Tuesday, Wiener said homophobic and transphobic rhetoric has escalated on social media and right-wing media outlets, resulting in real-world violence against LGBTQ people. Also Tuesday, Anderson Lee Aldrich, the suspect in a fatal shooting at Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, was formally accused with 305 charges, including hate crimes and murder.
Aldrich before the shooting had posted on extremist websites that target and threaten violence against LGBTQ people and racial minority groups.
“I will always fight for the LGBTQ community, and the community in general, and I will never let these threats stop that work,” Wiener said Tuesday.
Wiener was the subject of another bomb threat in June that prompted police officers with bomb-sniffing dogs to search his home for possible explosives. The threat claimed that Wiener “will die today” and she was reportedly full of sexual obscenities, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“I get a lot of death threats and have for years,” Wiener tweeted after the incident. “This is primarily about our civil rights work for LGBTQ people and people with HIV.”
Similar threats have been made against LGBTQ lawmakers, health care providers, and children’s hospitals that provide gender-affirming health care for transgender youth.
Major medical organizations in October it said attacks on transgender children’s hospitals and pediatric clinics are “rooted in an intentional campaign of disinformation” and called on the Justice Department to investigate recent threats of violence.