Controversial rep runs for mayor
The Laconia state rep who got caught sharing a racist and anti-Semitic article from a notorious Neo Nazi website now wants to be mayor.
Dawn Johnson filed to run to be Laconia’s next mayor just ahead of the filing deadline on Friday, according to the Laconia Daily Sun. With the Daily Sun report focuses on the now-three-way race for mayor, it fails to mention the social media controversy Johnson caused last year that had hundreds of Laconia residents calling for her resignation.
Before the controversy, and before Johnson deleted much of her social media activity, Johnson engaged in debunked theories about the presidential election, and she shared an article from notorious Neo Nazi website, Daily Stormer, pushing a conspiracy theory about the election in Georgia. Included in the article was a racists and anti-Semitic image.
Johnson has also expressed skepticism about the pandemic, and has entertained conspiracy theories about the potential vaccine for the illness on her social media pages. As a member of the Laconia school board, Johnson has argued against mask requirements during the pandemic. She has also accused the district in engaging in racism for its anti-bias training.
Daily Stormer is operated by Neo Nazi Andrew Anglin, who is shares Johnson’s enthusiasm for President Donald Trump. Anglin came out strongly in favor of Trump before the 2016 election, and continues to support him on Daily Stormer.
“Jews, Blacks and lesbians will be leaving America if Trump gets elected—and he’s happy about it. This alone is enough reason to put your entire heart and soul into supporting this man,” Anglin wrote.
Johnson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday. She apologized for airing the Daily Stormer article in December after it became an issue, claiming that she did not know the website is notorious Neo Nazi publication.
“I have removed the report as it came from a source I do not agree with and thanks to a couple of people who showed me,” Johnson wrote at the time.
Below is an image from the article Johnson shared.
Dawn Johnson courtesy public social media