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Former Deutsch Collaborator Releases Plotters’ Emails, Blames Democrats for Anti-Trans Legislation

KELO-TV is following up on Mother Jones‘s story about Representative Fred Deutsch’s (R-4/Florence) role in the nationwide fundegelical jihad against transgender Americans. The story came to light because one of Deutsch’s collaborators, transgender transitioner, detransitioner, and now retransitioner Elisa Shupe, decided to release the emails Deutsch’s cabal looped her in on.

Shupe said the tipping point for her in deciding share the emails was a need for transparency. “I was behind the curtain. I knew how sleazy this whole thing was, and I was probably the only person with any morals that was willing to state that,” she told KELOLAND News.

…“Their goal was to inflict maximum harm,” Shupe said. “The public face of all this is, ‘We have respect and compassion for trans people, and we just want to help them get better,’ — behind the scenes — they’re talking about, ‘We need to destroy these folks. Their values don’t match ours. They’re heathens, this is Sodom and Gomorrah and we need to get rid of these folks’” [Jacob Newton, “‘Their Goal Was to Inflict Maximum Harm’: Behind the Scenes of the Anti-Trans Movement,” KELO-TV, 2023.03.13].

But Shupe is a complicated character whose participation in Deutsch’s plot and now this exposé creates some moral questions. Among the comments that stand out in Shupe’s conversation with Newton is her apparent blaming of Democrats for letting this anti-trans war happen:

“I really fault the Democrats for this,” she said. “The Republicans are locked and loaded for war — all out war — they’ve gotten their s[***] together behind the scenes,” she said. “They came into this in the last six months ready to annihilate the trans community” [Newton, 2023.03.13].

Hmmm… the same moral/historical logic could lead us to say, “I really fault the Jews for Kristallnacht. The Nazis have gotten their s*** together.”

Kudos to Shupe for promoting transparency in public policy… but no kudos for moral reasoning.


  1. e platypus onion 2023-03-14 12:52

    I wanna help magats get better, too. I want every Mother’s son of them kicked off planet Earth yesterday.

  2. Sophia Fletcher 2023-03-14 13:24

    For your analogy to work the Democrats would need to be represented by the pro-jewish liberation elements of the Weimar Republic. Regardless of any degree of overlap Democrats aren’t the oppressed group. Trans people are. Both groups of allies were caught unaware and we’re of limited usefulness to the people they advocated for.

  3. Nix 2023-03-14 13:40

    Fred Deutsch…
    There are 2 Catholic Churches (3 actually) but I’m talking about Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s.
    Sacred Heart was the first Catholic church in Aberdeen.
    All Catholics went there until Fred’s ancestors decided that they were not going to mass with those damn potato eaters.
    Inclusive , welcoming, loving, huh ?
    So, the good Catholic Germans (Fred’s bloodline) decided to build their own Catholic Church so they could be Holy without that Irish scum.
    Fast forward to 2023 and Old Fred hasn’t missed a beat.
    He just changed Irish to Trans.
    I’ll bet , and I am serious, if Fred and his ilk could do it, they would fire up the ovens for LBGTQ human beings.
    Then, they would all go Pat themselves on the back, raise another toast and tell
    each other that they are doing Gods work.
    Christian Patriots…..
    Run for your life.

  4. O 2023-03-14 15:50

    Perhaps chiropractors do not ascribe to the “first: do no harm” decree of other doctors. Clearly that does not seem to be the guiding principal of his legislation on LGBTQ issues. An honest discussion on LGBTQ issues seems impossible in the framework of the needs of LGTBQ individuals; instead it must be about “getting the other side.” LGTBQ people are political pawns to be used to score points against the opposing tribe. Calm, quite, dignified, common-sense solutions must be discarded for public lashings and demonstrations and posturings — no matter the negative effects on the individuals trying to navigate an already all-too-confusing life. Better to be conservative than humane.

    Maybe it is Democrat’s fault for not being quite as loaded and ready to go to total ahniliation in the culture war, but governing means not spending 24/7 on identity politics.

    Unfortunately I also have pause lionizing Elisa Shupe for much the same reasoning. Sometimes being the enemy of my enemy is not enough.

  5. larry kurtz 2023-03-14 17:17

    Mister Deutsch is a
    Doctor like Pat Powers is
    A dietician.

  6. grudznick 2023-03-14 18:03

    So much hate coming from Mr. Dr. Deutsch and from some of you fellows here, calling for the death of people.
    You need to be more like grudznick, who is all about love and tolerance.

  7. larry kurtz 2023-03-14 18:57

    One man’s guillotine is another’s change of mind.

  8. larry kurtz 2023-03-14 19:02

    Fred Deutsch peddles the Holocaust like Pat Powers barks for campaign gewgaws.

  9. Mark Anderson 2023-03-14 19:15

    I agree grudz, Republicans are killing themselves just fine. Send lawyers, guns and covid, the sh*t has hit the fan.

  10. larry kurtz 2023-03-14 19:37

    Reading grud is like surfing Bill Fleming’s Faceberg page: all nothingness but no being.

  11. grudznick 2023-03-14 19:48

    Mr. Fleming, a great friend of this blog until he fell into Big Gubmint Money, and still a close personal friend of grudznick, is indeed a social media fellow of some renoun.

  12. Jake 2023-03-14 20:06

    “Birds of a feather!’

  13. Mark Anderson 2023-03-14 20:59

    Well I guess it’s time to go after Chiropractors, their delusional Deutsch’s who prey on people.

  14. grudznick 2023-03-14 21:10

    Mr. Anderson, I advise nobody should underestimate the Bonecracker Caucuses. From dark, back rooms, they make and break many a deal.

  15. larry kurtz 2023-03-14 21:25

    That South Dakota politics is allowed to be a plaything on the pages of a flyover blog makes goat sausage seem like deep fried gravy taters on a stick for Cory Heidelberger’s grudznick, init?

  16. larry kurtz 2023-03-14 21:29

    We all know the comment section of Pat’s Pissoir is all in Mr. Powers’ head but who knew Cory does it too?

  17. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2023-03-15 04:57

    However, Sophia, faulting the Democrats is misguided and unhelpful.

  18. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2023-03-15 04:58

    But kudos to Sophia on appearing to be the only person talking about the main point of the post.

  19. Jenny 2023-03-15 21:59

    King Schoenbeck and little Jonny Hansen of Dell Rapids are the other two bullies in the SD legislature that were involved in the Hate and Eradicate transgenders campaign.

    “I don’t know what a group of people in Pierre who decide to make life miserable and more dangerous for people are thinking, but it’s not going to happen in Minnesota,” -Gov Tim Walz

  20. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2023-03-16 04:51

    I wonder if Shupe really faults Schoenbeck and Hansen, or if she just admires their really getting their poop in a group.

    Perhaps Shupe really ought to fault herself for collaborating with Deutsch and his cabal in their anti-trans warfare.

  21. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2023-03-16 04:54

    Governor Walz is another good Democratic leader ensuring basic decency for all citizens of his state and folks in neighboring states who may need a respite from oppression. It’s nonsensical to fault Democrats like Walz, since Walz really has his poop in a group.

  22. Jenny 2023-03-16 08:51

    Cory, really ALL of the SD Legislators that voted for Hate and eradication of the transgender population are to blame. The moderate pubs (if there are any) could have taken a stand and said no. My heart weeps for South Dakota and all other red states this is happening in.

    The eradication of the transgender population reminds of the famous quote that we have all heard:

    “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist

    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

    —Martin Niemöller

    This quote is attributed to the prominent German pastor Martin Niemöller. It is sometimes mistakenly referred to as a “poem.”

    After World War II, Niemöller openly spoke about his own early complicity in Nazism and his eventual change of heart. His powerful words about guilt and responsibility still resonate today.

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