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Sen. Chamberlain ‘likes’ tweet saying ‘retweet if you’re pureblood’

By: - November 24, 2021 2:16 pm

Sen. Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes, speaks about the education finance bill on April 22, 2021.

The assistant majority leader for the Minnesota Senate recently “liked” a tweet by a British right-wing radio host that said, “Retweet if you’re pureblood.”

Sen. Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes, liked a post by Paul Joseph Watson, a far-right conspiracy theorist and radio host who was permanently banned from Facebook and Instagram for violating hate speech policies. Watson gained prominence after working for Alex Jones and his website, InfoWars.

It’s not clear whether Chamberlain liked the post because he’s into pure bloodlines, or because he’s an anti-vaxxer: Some anti-vaxxers have begun referring to themselves as “purebloods” because they refuse to get the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s a reference to the Harry Potter series, in which wizards and witches from magical families are “purebloods,” whereas witches and wizards born to one magical parent and one non-magical parent are called “mudbloods.” 

Chamberlain has previously publicly displayed a penchant for white supremacy, following a number of neo-Nazis and white supremacists on Twitter and last year tweeting a compliment at an author who thinks white men are the rightful rulers of the world.

Earlier this year, Chamberlain was accused by some Democrats of using a hand gesture — a sort of upside-down OK sign — during a Senate floor debate that has come to be used as an expression of white supremacy, according to the Anti-Defamation League, an anti-hate organization

Chamberlain did not respond to requests for comment.

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Deena Winter
Deena Winter

Deena Winter has covered local and state government in four states over the past three decades, with stints at the Bismarck Tribune in North Dakota, as a correspondent for the Denver Post, city hall reporter in Lincoln, Nebraska, and regional editor for Southwest News in the western Minneapolis suburbs. Before joining the staff of the Reformer in 2021 she was a contributor to the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. She and her husband have a daughter, son, and very grand child. In her spare time, she likes to play tennis, jog, garden and attempt to check out all the best restaurants in the metro area.

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