This is the tweet a former Bernie staffer tweeted from a locked account. How many senior Bernie staffers saw these tweets for months and promoted their behavior? It’s commonplace I endure this by extreme Bernie supporters daily. The change has to come from inside their campaign. https://t.co/TyjKc6KGtW— Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn) February 25, 2020
No hon, the twitter vitriol I get daily from Bernie supporters is more than anyone else, including Trump supporters, like five fold. So you can def get outta here 💗— Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn) February 25, 2020
Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness responded to the news about a Bernie staffer's offensive tweets being exposed, sharing one of the staffer's tweets that mocked his HIV status and writing that "It’s commonplace I endure this by extreme Bernie supporters daily."
I’m sorry I can’t. It’s constant. As an HIV+ queer person IF I do have to support Bernie should he win the nomination I want to experience the “loving coalition” right here on Twitter. I’m done taking it & not calling it out. Bernie supporters need to check eachother.— Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn) February 25, 2020
It also begs the question, on his locked account how many senior level Bernie staffers saw these tweets, knew they were coming out, PROMOTED him, gave a weak sauce call to not bully, and only fired him when it came out.— Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn) February 25, 2020
Fuck Twitter pic.twitter.com/kd8QstKEYq— Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn) February 25, 2020
Jonathan also responded to people who brought up a joke he had made about Reagan, which the HIV tweet seemed to be in response to.
1) short answer no 2) That joke taken out of context on that video in 2018 is vile. I’ve apologized, written a book discussing my HIV positive status and Reagan’s inaction on it, not to mention multiple podcasts & tweets re affirming those things. 3) I’m not a campaign staffer.— Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn) February 25, 2020
No it was season 1 in Feb 2018 for @into by Grindr and was my first big group of all day interviews ever. I’ve also talked about Bush & Raegan and how much blood is on their hands literally the day after Bush died. I’ve spoken vehemently against Reagan & apologize for that joke.— Jonathan Van Ness (@jvn) February 25, 2020
He previously talked about the context of the joke and the backlash he got from Bernie’s supporters in an interview with the Cosmopolitan.