Last week it was revealed that Michael Caputo, the new Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs for the Department of Health and Human Services, deleted several old tweets of his that contained shockingly racist comments about Chinese people.
CNN’s KFILE reported that Caputo deleted almost every single tweet he sent out before April 12. The deleted tweets are still available through internet archive services and are riddled with conspiracy theories, profanity, and bigotry.
Now, KFILEi has uncovered a series of blatantly sexist tweets from Caputo to add to the growing list of disturbing scrubbed tweets.
In tweets from 2019, Caputo repeatedly insulted Lisa Page, a former attorney for the FBI who has become something of an obsession amongst MAGA-heads because she exchanged anti-Trump tweets before the 2016 election. Caputo referred to her as a “Jezebel” and a “notorious homewrecker.” Many of the tweets revolved shaming Page for her alleged promiscuity.
In March he wrote that “millions of Chinese suck the blood out of rabid bats as an appetizer and eat the ass out of anteaters.”
Another tweet addressed a Twitter user and asked: “Don’t you have a bat to eat?” The comments are a reference to a racist meme circulating around the internet that holds that a Chinese citizen eating “bat soup” is what set off the COVID-19 pandemic in the first place.
Caputo also referred to a White House reporter as a “dick” and said that journalists are viewed by many in this country as the “enemy of the people,” a talking point directly borrowed from President Trump. Additionally, Caputo alleged that media outlets are cultivating an “intentional” public panic to hurt the White House’s approval ratings.
As if that weren’t enough, he also accused Democrat of wanting “100s of thousands of Americans” to die from COVID-19 so that Trump will lose the upcoming election. Another tweet claimed that “Democrats are pulling for the virus to kill a lot of people.” It’s the kind of worldview that only makes sense to those who dwell in the paranoid fever dream that is the modern American right.
In short, Caputo engaged in the worst brand of right-wing racism, conspiracy peddling, and sexism, making him a perfect fit for an administration stuffed with cryptofascists, white nationalists, lunatics, and sexual predators. Under a normal president, these kinds of tweets would be grounds for firing. Under Trump, they may have actually played a part in the decision to hire Caputo in the first place.
Like so many other detestable individuals within the Trump administration, he is completely unrepentant about his behavior
“I stopped caring about what handwringing, virtue signaling leftists think of me after their 59th death threat against my family. Have fun with this while I’m fighting a deadly pandemic 24/7,” responded Caputo when CNN reached out for comment.
In other words, Caputo isn’t going anywhere. The only way to sweep him and his ilk out of our government is to vote Trump out come November. Until then, men like Caputo will continue to wield enormous power.
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