White supremacist David Brayton threatens local journalistMai Nguyen Do November 8, 2018 9 Comments
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David Brayton, who appeared in campaign advertisements for Rep. Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) and has a long history of being an outspoken racist, has started sending death threats to local journalist Anthony Breznican.
On Nov. 6, Brayton tweeted several threats at journalist and activist Anthony Breznican. Breznican had been vocally concerned about Brayton’s social media activity, which was originally reported by the Los Angeles Times. Brayton’s previous posts include memes in favor of “white power,” jokes about black and Jewish Americans and praises of white women.
“Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed by the federal government for doing far less against America than what you and your ilk has done,” Brayton said in one tweet directed at Breznican. In another, Brayton said, “Go F— yourself beta boy. You haven’t won s—.”
Brayton has also directed similar tweets at Congresswoman-elect Katie Hill, President Barack Obama and CNN reporter Jim Acosta. His latest online attacks aimed at both national and local journalists come on the heels of the White House’s decision to revoke Acosta’s press pass.
This is not the first time Brayton has threatened individuals he has had disputes with. In 2015, Brayton was detained for driving with a gun next to him. He then sued Los Angeles County, Sheriff Leroy Baca, Deputy Caylee Campbell and Deputy Brad Szarkowski over his arrest. On May 25, 2015, Brayton sent a letter to the deputies’ lawyers demanding they make a settlement offer of $100,000 or else Brayton would try to have the State Bar of California disbar them, according to court documents. A similar letter was previously sent to the lawyers on March 27, 2015.
Breznican is currently discussing Brayton’s threats with officials at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station but refused to comment further at this time.
Brayton’s Twitter account was suspended as of the afternoon of Nov. 8.
This story was updated on Nov. 9 to include Brayton’s previous threats against Deputy Caylee Campbell and Deputy Brad Szarkowski.
Mai Nguyen Do is a Vietnamese American poet and researcher. She is a lifelong Santa Clarita resident and a College of the Canyons graduate. She is also the author of Ghosts Still Walking (2016) and Battlefield Blooming (2019). Find her on Twitter @DoNguyenMai.