Target: Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida and Republican presidential hopeful
Goal: Fire Chief Technology Officer Ethan Czahor for his misogynistic and homophobic views.
Ethan Czahor, a man accused of posting sexist and anti-gay statements online, was recently hired on to be the chief technology officer for former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign. Unfortunately, Czahor has a history of misogyny and homophobia that the campaign is trying to sweep under the rug. Demand that Bush hold Czahor accountable for his actions and fire him over his bigoted views.
In a series of tweets that have since been deleted, Czahor allegedly made a number of repeatedly distasteful comments about women and gay people. “Most people don’t know that ‘Halloween’ is German for ‘night that girls with low self-esteem dress like sluts,” he said in one, repeating that misogyny in another tweet reading “New study confirms old belief: college female art majors are sluts, science majors are also sluts but uglier.”
Regarding gay people, he said “The Gold’s Gym in San Francisco has a wide selection of free weights, machines, and men who undress you with their eyes while you work out,” and “When I burp in the gym, I feel like it’s my way of saying, ‘Sorry guys, but I’m not gay.” These are, regrettably, just the tip of the iceberg.
While Bush’s campaign has gotten Czahor to delete the tweets and has issued a statement confirming that he had done so at the behest of Jeb Bush who found them “inappropriate,” merely removing the evidence of bigotry is not enough. Sign the petition below to demand that Jeb Bush take a stand against this kind of bigotry by firing Czahor from his campaign.
Dear Mr. Bush,
I am writing you today regarding the behavior of your new chief technology officer, Ethan Czahor. He has a history of misogyny and homophobia that should disqualify him from serving on your presidential campaign in any capacity.
It is already clear that you find his views objectionable, because you forced him to delete a selection of tweets that reflected them. Unfortunately, though, you seem to think that sufficient action has been taken—that just because the tweets have been deleted and you are on record as saying that they were “inappropriate,” you and your campaign can therefore be absolved of bringing Czahor into your ranks and the implications that carries with it. Taking away the evidence of a person’s bigotry does not make them any less of a bigot—it only makes their beliefs and the impact they can have on others all the more insidious.
You say that Czahor is a “great talent in the tech world,” and that may be true. But he is also a bigot, and I would hope that that would outweigh any objective talent he could bring to your campaign. By bringing him in, you and your campaign are cosigning his sexism and homophobia. I demand that you fire him from your PAC at once.
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