Josselyn Berry, the spokeswoman for Arizona’s new Democratic governor Katie Hobbs, is facing the heat from conservatives after she posted a GIF on Twitter of actress Gena Rowlands brandishing two handguns – which was a scene from the movie Gloria – with the caption: “Us when we see transphobes” after the tragic events at Nashville’s covenant school, which left 3 children and 3 adults dead.
Right-wing Arizona Freedom Caucus tweeted on Tuesday: “Less than 12 hours after the tragic shooting in Nashville by a deranged transgender activist Katie Hobbs’ Press Secretary calls for shooting people Democrats disagree with Calling for violence like this is un-American & never acceptable. Josselyn Berry should be fired immediately.”
Less than 12 hours after the tragic shooting in Nashville by a deranged transgender activist @katiehobbs’ Press Secretary calls for shooting people Democrats disagree with.
Calling for violence like this is un-American & never acceptable.@joss_berry should be fired immediately pic.twitter.com/wYHHkmsNNE
— Arizona Freedom Caucus (@AZFreedomCaucus) March 29, 2023
Berry’s post has since been removed and her account has been set to private
Who is Josselyn Berry?
Josselyn Berry is the communications director of the Arizona State Senate since March 2020. Before that, she was the executive director of Progress Now Arizona and the program manager for Arizona Wins. Her first full-time job was as a communications coordinator for Arizona Advocacy Network. She also completed internships under Downtown Phoenix Partnership LLC.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in Arts from Barrett Honors College and a journalism degree from Arizona State University.
Her LinkedIn bio read: “Driven Communications Associate with proven abilities to conceptualize, research, create and write articles, position papers and reports using social media, web and print to expand social justice ideas and political issue messaging. Idealistic independent contributor and compassionate visionary committed to meeting project and program deadlines that demand innovation, accuracy and determination.”
Berry posted earlier in the day Monday about transgender rights, saying if you “work in the progressive community and are transphobic, you’re not progressive.” It is unclear what she was referring to.
A Twitter user replied to that, saying, “Not sure these transphobic-from-the-left posers know who they’re messing with, which prompted Berry’s tweet.