More anonymous online posts have been attributed to the Arizona Republican who’s spent years as a prolific and provocative commenter on local political blogs.
Days after he owned up to several incendiary anonymous comments, Arizona television station KTVK on Monday unearthed additional posts by state schools superintendent John Huppenthal (R) in which he protested the use of Spanish language in the United States.
In a late-2010 post on the conservative blog Espresso Pundit, Huppenthal, writing under the pseudonym Falcon9, said that America only has room for English.
“We all need to stomp out balkanization. No spanish radio stations, no spanish billboards, no spanish tv stations, no spanish newspapers,” he wrote roughly a month after he was elected. “This is America, speak English.”
About an hour later, Huppenthal responded to another commenter who mockingly suggested that all ethnic restaurants should be closed.
“I don’t mind them selling Mexican food as long as the menus are mostly in English,” Huppenthal wrote. “And, I’m not being humorous or racist. A lot is at stake here.”
KTVK reported that Lisa Graham Keegan (R), a former Arizona superintendent, personally asked Huppenthal to resign this past weekend. Huppenthal is up for re-election this year, but he told the Arizona Republic last week he doesn’t believe the blog posts will hurt his chances.
In fact, Huppenthal mostly defended the comments in which he called poor people “lazy pigs” and compared Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger to Adolf Hitler.
Those comments were published on a progressive blog run by attorney Bob Lord, who’s suspected for months that Huppenthal was responsible.
Lord told TPM earlier this month that he traced the IP address linked to the comments to a computer inside the state Department of Education Building. And according to Lord, Huppenthal is no stranger to other sites, where his identity is “common knowledge” among fellow commenters.
A day after Huppenthal came clean to the Arizona Republic, yet another blog attributed comments to the state superintendent.
Writing as Falcon9 at the blog Three Sonorans in 2012, Huppenthal apparently described Mexican-American Studies, an experimental curriculum that was ultimately shut down by GOP lawmakers in the state, as “a racist program that pits the races against each other and encourages students to view themselves as victims and successful people as ‘oppressors.'”
He also wrote that “hispanic history [is] defined as a history of victimhood leading to a future of victimhood owned by you…”
In another post, Huppenthal simply wrote, “MAS=KKK.”