You may have heard that Derrick Evans, a newly elected Republican delegate from West Virginia, has resigned after getting arrested and charged with federal crimes for his role in the Capitol siege. The moron incriminated himself when he was seen shouting “Move! Move!” as well as “We’re in, we’re in! Derrick Evans is in the Capitol!”… on the footage he was taking.
But it’s important to remember that Evans was unworthy of public office long before last week.
Earlier this year, he posted a rant on Facebook about the book It’s Perfectly Normal, designed to introduce children to topics involving sex. He whined about how the book featured illustrations of sex, masturbation, and a man putting on a condom. He also complained that the book wasn’t anti-gay enough.
He also had a restraining order against him because he was caught harassing women who worked at a local women’s health clinic. He later violated his own restraining order.
[Evans] was found by a Kanawha County magistrate last year to have engaged in “stalking” and made “repeated credible threats of bodily injury” to a woman who worked at the Women’s Health Center in Charleston, W.Va. It is the state’s only facility to offer abortion services. Nine days after he was served, Evans violated that restraining order leading to an extension that does not expire until Dec. 31, 2020.
Court documents, provided by [one victim’s] attorney, show [County Magistrate Joseph L.] Shelton granted the order, saying Evans made “credible threats” and “engaged in stalking” as defined by the West Virginia State Code. Evans was ordered by the courts to stay away from [the victim], including her place of work. But, nine days after being served, Evans showed back up at the Women’s Health Center. When Charleston Police officers responded to a call that Evans was violating a restraining order by being at the center, he gave them false information about the court order.
The guy is an all-around creep. He ended up winning a four-way election where the top two candidates would become state representatives.
But surprise! It turns out anti-abortion, anti-women, anti-gay zealots are also really awful human beings. Evans has now been exposed as a violent criminal. It’s a step too far for Republicans in West Virginia. Which is a sentence I never thought I would write.
Evans was sworn in on December 1. He lasted just over one month in elected office. West Virginia is better off without him in the State House.
(Screenshot via Facebook. Portions of this article were published earlier)