Plot twist: Biden’s sign language interpreter is allegedly MAGA and now there are dueling petitions

Joe Biden’s administration is adding an American Sign Language interpreter to its daily press briefings. In a plot twist that accompanied the announcement, the woman that Press Secretary Jen Psaki introduced on Monday as “today’s interpreter Heather” is reportedly a Trump supporter.

According to various media reports, Heather Mewshaw allegedly manages the pro-Trump Hands of Liberty Facebook page, which purportedly was known as Right Side ASL before its page was deleted.

“‘Joe Biden is literally and legally not the President-elect,’ read the headline on one Facebook video from December in which another interpreter in Mewshaw’s group interprets comments made by right-wing personality Candace Owens,” Time magazine reported.

An existing Hands of Liberty Facebook page (possibly a different one) contains minimal content, however, so either it was scrubbed or the actual page in question may have been taken down entirely.

Mewshaw allegedly signed to videos that include “vaccine misinformation” and controversial viewpoints, among other things, about the Election 2020 outcome that run counter to the mainstream media narrative.

Neither Mewshaw nor the White House has, as yet, provided a response to media inquiries.

Prof. John Henner of the University of North Carolina Greensboro, who is deaf, took to Twitter to call attention to the ASL interpreter in question.

“For me, it would be problematic for someone who has aligned herself with alt-right discourses to be the public face of the White House for the deaf communities and people who are curious about ASL,” he wrote in an email.

Prof. Henner went on to question the interpreter’s integrity for this particular job as a Trump supporter, but claimed that he wasn’t attempting to cancel her.

Leftists have already launched a petition to get “notorious Trump supporter” Mewshaw canceled from the White House gig. The petition has recorded about 1,000 signers so far. Assuming that it speaks for everyone, the petition claims that “The Deaf Community is outraged when they saw her presence.” A counter-petition to keep her as a White House ASL interpreter has also started, but it has only a small number of signers as of this writing.

According to her bio, Heather Mewshaw has worked as a professional sign language interpreter for 20-plus years and holds several occupational certifications.

The premise that a Trump-supporting ASL interpreter for the Biden administration poses a conflict of interest generated a mixed response on social media:

Watch an ASL interpreter that is allegedly Heather Mewshaw sign in a pro-Trump video:


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