Hawaii State Rep. Beth Fukumoto made headlines in March when she publicly resigned from the Republican Party, claiming the GOP was run by “white nationalists.”
She made headlines again on Aug. 16, when she posted to Twitter a racist hate letter she claimed to have received from a Trump supporter, mocking her Japanese ancestry and declaring all Trump supporters are proud bigots.
Now she may find herself in the headlines again, after it appears the letter may be a fake.
A member of Hawaii’s state House of Representatives, Fukumoto’s public saga began in January when she was removed from her position as House Minority Leader after participating in the radical anti-Trump “Women’s March,” which tied to several convicted terrorists.
Several weeks after her colleagues voted her out, Fukumoto publicly resigned from the Republican Party on March 22, claiming “I saw members of my party marginalizing and condemning minorities” and the GOP was infested with “elements of racism and sexism within the base.”
Then, on Aug. 16, Fukumoto posted to Twitter a letter she claimed to have received from a Trump supporter.
— Beth Fukumoto (@bethfukumoto) August 16, 2017
The typewritten letter mocks Fukumoto’s Japanese heritage, specifically citing her Japanese-American father, and goes on to claim “We Trump people hate illegals, black thugs, Muslims and bombs, and gays…”
“Got this in the mail today. You need to understand your words have consequences @realDonaldTrump #racism #WhiteNationalism,” Fukumoto tweeted.
“(A) significant portion of the (Republican) party has been co-opted by this white nationalist undertone,” Fukuomoto told the media after posting the letter.
But something about the letter was odd.
Some of it was the wording, which reads like a liberal doing an impression of a conservative.
The writer also uses ellipses after many sentences, something Fukumoto herself does in online writings.
But Twitter user @ThomasWictor, one of those people with extensive knowledge of arcane subject, noted something damning.
(3) The stamps haven’t been cancelled. She used at least two from this block. They date from 1975. Collectors’ stamps. pic.twitter.com/Vy2sqhN2xs
— Thomas Wictor (@ThomasWictor) August 23, 2017
For one, the stamps used to mail the letter were not marked by the Postal Service, indicating the letter may never have been mailed.
It’s the same mistake that race hoaxer Rachel Dolezal made when she sent fake hate letters to herself.
But the stamps themselves are unusual. They are 10-cent stamps, printed in 1975 to commemorate the Postal Service.
Who has unused 42-year-old stamps? Specifically, who would have collectors stamps commemorating the Postal Service?
Fukumoto’s biography notes her father “recently retired from the Post Office after 46 years of service.”
Seeing as virtually every publicly-paraded “hate crime” turns out to be a hoax intended to get attention, is Beth Fukumoto now faking hate mail to herself?