GOP candidate Trevor Lee ran a secret Twitter account that attacked LGBTQ people and Utah Governor Cox. Now he has been reprimanded by Republican leaders. | News, Sports, Jobs

Rick Egan, The Salt Lake Tribune

Trevor Lee speaks with Senate Speaker Stuart Adams during the Davis County Republican Nominating Convention at Farmington High School on Saturday, March 26, 2022. Utah House GOP leaders chastised Lee for anonymous messages he posted on Twitter that attacked LGBTQ people and criticized Gov Spencer Cox for supporting transgender girls.

Editor’s note: This article is published through the Utah News Collaborative, a partnership of Utah news organizations that aims to inform readers across the state.

Utah House candidate Republican Trevor Lee is behind a recently deleted Twitter account that raised 2020 election conspiracy theories, attacked women and members of the LGBTQ community, made misrepresentations about the coronavirus pandemic and frequently used the hashtag #DezNat to support conservative religious philosophy.

Lee, who beat longtime Republican Steve Handy for the GOP nomination in Utah House District 16, operated the @ballinlee Twitter account which used the screen name “Truth Seeker”. The account disappeared from the platform earlier this month, hours after the Salt Lake Tribune contacted Lee about her association with him. Lee took the account private shortly after filing his candidacy to run for office in March.

In an interview, Lee admitted that he owned the account. So why did he take it offline?

“The world we live in now. I can say something that I don’t think might be controversial,” Lee said, “but the world changes to a point where it means it.”

Those comments included calling Republican Gov. Spencer Cox “thornless” for supporting transgender girls in athletics; using a derogatory term for transgender people after publicly apologizing for using it initially; and saying that Brigham Young University was a “progressive cesspool” that “needs to be cleaned up”.

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