Dirty Delete is a weekly column that goes deep into the social media history of politicians that runs on Thursdays in the Daily Dot’s web_crawlr newsletter. If you want to get this column a day before we publish it, subscribe to web_crawlr, where you’ll get the daily scoop of internet culture delivered straight to your inbox.
South Carolina state Rep. Melissa Oremus (R) is one of the Palmetto State’s biggest opponents of reproductive freedom.
That’s saying something in a state that came pretty close to making abortion a capital offense.
Oremus’ web presence is pretty much all politics. She’s tweeted fewer than 200 times in the 11 years she’s been on Twitter. There’s also an intriguing seven-year gap between photos she posted on Facebook, from 2012 to 2019, when she successfully ran for the South Carolina state house.
Her Twitter history reveals that Oremus believes abortion is murder (it isn’t), Elon Musk is saving free speech on Twitter (he isn’t), and former President Donald Trump won the 2020 election (not even close).
Nearly a year later, Oremus was listed as a signatory of conspiratorial Arizona state Sen. Wendy Rogers’ (R) letter calling for all 50 states’ “corrupted election[s]” to be “forensically audited.” (It’s noteworthy that both Rogers and Oremus won their races in 2020.)
Some may be amused to learn that Oremus shared a Facebook post encouraging South Carolinians to vote for President Joe Biden in the 2020 Democratic primary.
Not because she supported Biden, of course. Oremus was concerned that Republicans intended to “make a point about crossover voting” by casting a ballot for “open socialist” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), whom she believed had the best chance of beating Trump.
You can find Oremus on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and a locked-down Instagram account.
Two years ago, Oremus posted a video about proposed legislation to allow people to openly carry guns in South Carolina.
When a fellow Republican blasted her for saying that it would make the state into the “Wild West,” Oremus deleted it “because people misunderstood.”
Alas, it was not archived anywhere I could find, but an echo of the video’s existence remains.
Like what you are reading?
Sign up to receive web_crawlr, a daily newsletter
from the Daily Dot, in your inbox each morning.