Multiple Facebook Posts from the personal page of Washington County Board Of Education Member Jacqueline Fischer presenting scenarios for President Trump to die from his recent COVID-19 diagnosis and using an expletive are being condemned by social media users and local republicans.
Fischer did state that she took back the statements.
“I don’t really agree with that,” Fischer said. “I don’t wish anyone to die.
“It was just out of frustration. I really wish he would lose the race is what I should have said.”
Within an hour of her statement these posts were removed from her page but, screenshots continue to be shared in threads on the page.
Fischers page also contained other posts berating the president and republicans which were also subsequently removed. Screenshots of these posts are also still being shared.
The posts shared along with links to articles were:
- “Since he has tested positive for VOVID19 (sic), maybe the country will get lucky and he will die. Wouldn’t that be an act of karma!”
- “Of course Trump wouldn’t wear a mask and kept posing (sic) people. He is an (expletive) who does not give a fig about anyone but himself. He could care less how many Americans die from this virus even if he is the one who exposed them. I hope he dies from it. That would take care of a lot of America’s problems.”
- “Trump keeps down playing (sic) the virus, either by ignoring it or by lying about it. Now that he and Melania have tested positive for the virus, maybe he will change his tune. But I doubt it. Only if he dies of COVID19 (sic) will there be a change of attitude in the White House!
Fischer said that these posts were made after an argument she had about the most recent presidential debate.
“I said it in a heated moment after that terrible debate thing that happened the other night,” Fischer told The Herald Mail. “That’s what set me off.”
Now multiple residents and the Washington County Republican Central Committee are calling for her resignation. Chairman Jerry DeWolf said that the organization plans to submit an ethics complaint with the county and the state board of education.
“I think she should resign immediately or be forcefully removed by the state board of education,” said DeWolf.
“I would advocate that for anyone of any political persuasion who is calling for the death of the president of the United States of America. It is absolutely sickening and disgusting.”
The board member said she should probably delete the posts and she can understand why they may have upset people.
“Definitely they would be,” she said. “This is a very diverse country and people’s feelings range to a full spectrum of emotions.
“Obviously there would be some people who would be very upset at that. I’m sure there are a lot of people who are very upset at some of the stuff Trump says and does.”
Although the board of education is a non-partisan organization Fischer openly states she is Democrat and Anti-Trump.
“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but as an elected official I think these are absolutely disgusting and abhorrent comments,” added DeWolf. “This is a disgusting comment for any American to make, but particularly that she is an elected board of education member.
“She’s in charge of 3,000-plus employees and 22,000 students for the Washington County public school system. Although it’s her personal page, her page was public. She wants people to be able to see what she’s writing. And she’s telling the world that she hopes the president of the United States will die. She does it repeatedly.”
DeWolf said he is strongly encouraging other board members, county commissioners, and state legislators to condemn the statements and call for her resignation or removal.
He says that there was a prior instance for such a move. Three years ago board member Karen Harshman was removed from office for misconduct.
Although four seats on the board are in play in the upcoming election, Fischer’s is not one of them. A former teacher, she has served three full terms on the board, and was most recently reelected in 2018. Her current term expires in 2022.
This article will be updated as more information is given.