Toby Doeden would like you not to pay any attention to the man behind the curtain or, in this case, his deleted Tweets. In a bold move (but not terribly intelligent move), the Aberdeen businessman has announced his intention to challenge incumbent Congressman Dusty Johnson in the upcoming GOP primary election. However, Doeden is facing scrutiny for a series of insensitive statements made on the social media platform X.com, formerly known as Twitter.
Instead of apologizing, Doeden is doubling down on his controversial remarks. In a foolhardy display of defiance, he blamed his opponent, Congressman Johnson, for drawing attention to the posts. Among the most inflammatory comments are calls for shooting immigrants in gangs and referring to President Joe Biden as a “bumbling fucktard.”
Despite the backlash, Doeden remains steadfast in his decision to run for Congress and refuses to back down from his provocative online persona. This Aberdeen real estate mogul and car salesman from Brown County is determined to make his mark in the political arena, no matter the cost.
Last spring, he denied the validity of statistics that one in four Jewish Americans had been victims of hate in the year prior, figures widely shared by anti-discrimination organizations at the time.
“THIS IS FAKE. BEAT IT,” reads a now-deleted post on an account registered to Doeden.
American Jewish Committee’s annual State of Antisemitism in America report, released on October 25, 2021, includes the largest-ever surveys of American Jews and the U.S. general public on antisemitism in America. The report shows deep anxiety among American Jews and divergent views among the general public about the severity of antisemitism in the United States. Parallel surveys of American Jews and the U.S. general public provide a unique opportunity to understand the impact of rising Jew hatred in America.
As the race for the U.S. House heats up, one can’t help but wonder if Doeden’s belligerent stance will help or hinder his chances of unseating the incumbent. With the MAGA death cult on the march, who can say?