AZ Gov. Hobbs’ press secretary resigns after tweet suggesting gun violence against ‘transphobes’

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs, a press secretary, resigned Wednesday morning after apparently referring to gun violence against “transgender people” just hours after a woman identified as transgender killed six people at a Tennessee school.

“We are transgender when we see it,” Hobbs’ press secretary said Jocelyn Berry tweeted Just hours after 28-year-old Audrey Hill opened fire at Covenant School in Nashville, killing three children and three adults.

Perry’s tweet included a GIF of the late actress Gena Rowlands in a scene from the movie “Gloria,” in which she points to two pistols.

Arizona Republicans immediately accused Perry of inciting the violence and called on Hobbs to fire her.

Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs, a press secretary, reportedly resigned Wednesday morning after appearing to threaten gun violence against "transgender" Just hours after a transgender woman murdered six people at a Tennessee school.

The press secretary to Democratic Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs reportedly resigned Wednesday morning after she appeared to threaten to use firearms against “transgender people” just hours after a transgender woman fatally shot six people at a Tennessee school. (Twitter screenshot/joss_berry)

Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs delivers her State of the State address at the Arizona Capitol Building in Phoenix, January 9, 2023.

Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs delivers her State of the State address at the Arizona Capitol Building in Phoenix, January 9, 2023. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)

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“The advocacy of violence is totally unacceptable,” the Arizona Freedom Caucus wrote on Twitter. “GovernorHobbs Press Sec. Tweet about shooting political opponents same day a transgender activist shot a school teacher is nothing short of despicable and heartless. There is no place for this in AZ Firejoss_berry Now”

Arizona Rep. Austin Smith tweeted, “Firejoss_berry. Advocating violence from the ninth floor under the desk you are supposed to serve.”

“Please call @katiehobbs’ office and respectfully demand that she fire her press secretary, Jocelyn Berry, who posted an inciting meme calling for the killing of transgender people,” Women Action Arizona tweeted. Pray for a peaceful solution.

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The offensive post from Perry, the Democratic spokesperson and spokesperson for Hobbs, was later removed from Twitter for violating the site’s rules.

“The governor does not condone violence in any way. This administration has mutual respect at the forefront of how we treat each other. The press secretary position does not reflect the administration’s values. The governor has received and accepted the press secretary’s resignation.”

Covenant school shooter, Audrey Hill, walks past the children's ministry office.  (1:57)

Covenant school shooter, Audrey Hill, walks past the children’s ministry office. (1:57) (Twitter @MNPDNashville)

Hobbs Governor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.

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