President Joe Biden’s American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter reportedly manages a pro-Trump Facebook group that provides sign language accompaniments to right-wing videos.
ASL interpreter Heather Mewshaw was introduced by press secretary Jen Psaki as “today’s interpreter, Heather” on Monday, as the administration announced it would be adding a sign language interpreter to its daily press briefings.
However, on Wednesday, Time magazine reported that Ms Mewshaw manages the Hands of Liberty Facebook page, which has featured ASL interpreters providing sign language accompaniments to videos featuring former President Donald Trump and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.
Ms Mewshaw, who was pictured in a Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat in some of the page’s videos, provided interpretation to clips featuring misinformation about the coronavirus vaccine, the Capitol riots and November 2020’s presidential election.
One video Ms Mewshaw features in is titled: “WHAT REALLY HAPPENED On January 6th?” while another is called: “Joe Biden is literally and legally not the President elect.”
In a video on 20 January titled “Thank You President Trump From the Right Side ASL Team!” which was posted just five days before she was introduced as an ASL interpreter for the Biden administration, Ms Mewshaw wore a MAGA hat and signed to Mr Trump dancing to “YMCA”, according to Time.