Republican politician calls for trans people to be executed by firing squad

Robert Foster ran a failed gubernatorial campaign in 2019. (Facebook/Robert Foster)

A Republican politician and former member of the Mississippi House of Representatives called for trans people to be executed by firing squad.

Robert Foster served in the state House of Representatives from 2016 to 2020, and in 2019 embarked on a failed campaign to become governor of Mississippi.

During his tenure as Representative, Foster drafted Mississippi’s death penalty legislation, which allows for executions by gas chamber, electrocution, and firing squad.

On Thursday, March 24, Foster tweeted: “Some of you still want to try to find a political compromise with those who want to treat our school children and pretend that men are women etc.

“I think they have to be lined up against [a] wall in front of a firing squad to be sent to an early judgment.

While his tweet was deleted by the social media platform, his account remains active and he has continued to cough up transphobic bile.

Foster, who now runs a farm in DeSoto County, Mississippi, wrote in a subsequent tweet, “Transgender people are just victims, it’s their pedo groomers who are consumed by evil.”

On Tuesday, March 29, he added: “These adult groomers who try to convince children to “transition” are doing pure evil. Yet we do nothing about it as a society.

“Good men cower for fear of being publicly challenged by Liberal Communists. Enough is enough. This is wrong, they need to be arrested and held accountable.

Referencing Florida’s hateful ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, he added, “The Mississippi Legislature needs to ban grooming in schools, just like Florida did. That’s not all there is to it, but it’s a good start.

When trans rights activist Parker Molloy sent anti-LGBT+ and anti-abortion Republicans screenshots of the dictionary definition of a woman, which included “having a gender identity that is the opposite of man”, he told her: “You are crazy. You must be in a straitjacket [sic] in a padded room in a psychiatric hospital.

During his 2019 gubernatorial campaign, Foster made headlines in the United States when he refused to allow political journalist Larrison Campbell to board his campaign bus with male reporters unless she is not accompanied by a man.

Foster later defended himself, saying he lived by the ‘Billy Graham rule’ and had sworn never to be alone with a woman he was not married to, just in case he was accused of having an affair.

He insisted he “respected his wife,” but Campbell noted: “What you are saying here is that a woman is first a sex object and then a journalist.”

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