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Activists condemn GOP candidate’s transphobic social media posts

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State Rep. Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst) (Photo from Facebook)

CHICAGO — Equality Illinois on Wednesday condemned transphobic posts made by State Rep. Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst).

The Elmhurst Patch reported last week that it found racist and transphobic old posts on Mazzochi’s personal Facebook page. According to the website, the posts were made in 2016. She first ran for office, her current seat, in 2018.

The posts were titled “Snark of the day.”

“If you favor liberty then the President should be a white, male Republican. Because only then will the Deep State and the Media keep him in check,” she wrote with one post.

“In Obamaland, it is more important to attack women who don’t want to have to worry about perverts molesting their kids in public bathrooms than it is to attack ISIS,” stated another.

In yet another, she said, “JFK wanted to send a man to the moon. Obama wants to send a man to the girls’ bathroom.”

The Patch reached out for comment from Mazzochi’s re-election campaign, but did not get a response.

At the time, she was on the board of trustees for the College of DuPage.

“Mazzochi’s comments are beyond shameful,” Equality Illinois said in a statement. “As a leader at an institution of higher education, she was entrusted with the well-being of all students and the cultivation of affirming learning environments. Instead, she sent the exact opposite message: trans students should be stereotyped and mocked. Even worse, she posted her comments just three days after the United States Departments of Justice and Education offered guidance to schools about the fair treatment of trans students.”

Just last month, State Rep. Amy Grant (R-Wheaton) came under fire for homophobic and racists comments to a donor. A transgender woman was killed in Indianapolis just this past Sunday.

“Mazzochi fails the basic test of acting in accordance with Illinois values of equality and inclusion,” Equality Illinois stated. “Since she is clearly unable to represent all of her constituents with equal care and respect, Rep. Mazzochi does not deserve re-election.”

Mazzochi is running for re-election against Democrat Jennifer Zordani.

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