A pro-Trump sign language interpreter said Sunday the Biden administration “canceled and humiliated” her due to her support of Republican organizations, according to Fox News.
Heather Mewshaw, who worked for the Trump administration as an independent contractor for the White House, said that the Biden administration has not contacted her after a Time magazine report showed her translating speeches for conservative organizations.
“The goal of my activity — at the White House or with Hands of Liberty — is that it’s all about access,” Mewshaw said. “The thing is, I was canceled and humiliated publicly and it was unjust and unfair.”
Mewshaw says she has been harassed and intimidated online for providing her services for the Hands of Liberty Facebook group. Hands of Liberty provides American Sign Language translations for conservative video content.
Some translations performed by Mewshaw include a video by former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and controversial Dr. Stella Immanuel, who has promoted using hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19, according to Fox News.
Although Mewshaw does not agree with everything she translates, she said she believes deaf people should be able to see speeches by conservative figures.
“Deaf people just want a chance to decide for themself what information is out there,” said Mewshaw.
Mewshaw claims her critics “don’t want this content to be interpreted because they don’t believe in it.”
Jon Henner, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, tweeted a photo of Mewshaw in a MAGA hat and smeared her, claiming she was a “member of the alt-right.”
“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,” Henner claimed.
Henner’s proof of Mewshaw’s alt-right membership comes solely based on the fact that the Hands of Liberty maintain a social media account on Gab.
Henner said he “cannot trust the integrity of her interpretation,” claiming that he would not trust what the press secretary said if Mewshaw was translating.