Who is Joe Bishop-Henchman? Libertarian leader remains silent as the party trolls over opposing vaccination certificates
Have you heard of the name Joe Bishop-Henchman? He’s not as well known as his colleagues – Jamie Harrison or Ronna McDaniel – in fact, he largely avoided public scrutiny. Nevertheless, he occupies a key position in American politics. Henchman is chairman of the Libertarian Party, an alternative party that received 1.2% of the vote in the 2020 presidential election. He’s been pretty vocal on social media but surprisingly kept silent when major controversy broke out thanks to his party.
Almost a day ago, the party’s Kentucky wing tweeted, “Will the vaccination records be yellow, star-shaped, and sewn onto our clothes?” The shocking comparison outraged social media, and many, including Seth Rogen, slammed the tweet. The party was against vaccination certificates, but the tweet seems to have taken that opposition too far. Most leaders would view this as a major public relations crisis, but apparently not a stooge.
Will the vaccination records be yellow, star-shaped, and sewn onto our clothing?
– Libertarian Party of Kentucky (@lpky) March 29, 2021
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Henchman was absolutely silent on this matter. He’s made almost 10 tweets since yesterday, but none of them addressed the controversial tweet. As someone holding back on the national political stage, we thought it useful to look into Henchman. Who is the Chairman of America’s 3rd Most Popular Party? And why did he keep silent about this controversy? We try to answer that.
Joe Bishop-Henchman (via Twitter)
Who is Joe Bishop-Henchman?
Henchman’s Twitter profile describes him as a husband, vice president, chairman, and attorney. He certainly wears a lot of hats, each with their own story. Henchman graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 2003 with a BA in Political Science. He then graduated from George Washington University with a law degree. Before Henchman came into law, he was already exploring his interest in politics. He served as Press & Policy Aide on Peter Ueberroth’s 2003 gubernatorial campaign. He also interned in the DC Attorney General’s office.
Maybe he was always destined for politics, but he decided to go a longer way there. After graduating from law school, Henchman spent over a decade with the Tax Foundation. He began as a court clerk and was promoted to attorney, director, and eventually executive vice president. He then left the Foundation for a brief period at McDermott Will & Emery before assuming his current role as Vice President of the National Taxpayers Union Foundation.
Unlike the chairs of the DNC and RNC, Henchman serves as the chairman of the Libertarian Party and has a full-time career outside of it. It’s not clear when he returned to politics, but it’s likely sometime around 2007. In 2008, he ran for attorney general of DC. The offer failed, but his political aspirations did not die there. Henchman went from being a minor DC player to a national stage. In 2018 he was a member of the Libertarian National Committee. That opened doors for him and eventually led to his current role. Handlanger was elected chairman of the party in 2020.
Even before this role, Henchman was fairly open on political issues. His 13-page résumé contains a long list of television and radio appearances, articles, blogs, and reports. Henchman wasn’t hiding, he was pretty vocal and public about his beliefs. He’s also very active on social media, constantly tweeting the party’s stance on various topics.
Henchman was also embroiled in another controversy. In November, Henchman posted a photo of Marshall Burt, a libertarian who had just been elected to Congress from Wyoming. The image was quickly removed after it was found to show Burt’s three percent tattoo. At the time, henchmen merely erased the picture and made no explanation. He has used silence as a technique again and refused to address the recent controversy.
“Appendix A on Why Libertarians Are Not Taken Seriously”
While Henchman has been silent, social media has not been silent. Lots of people went to Twitter to pop the party for the terrible tweet. Comedian John Fugelsang said, “Libertarians is Latin for“ Embarrassed Republicans. ”The Republican comparison was continued with another tweet:“ I don’t see the difference between libertarians and conservatives, to be honest. “
Libertarian is the Latin term for “embarrassed Republicans”.
– John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) March 30, 2021
I don’t see the difference between libertarians and conservatives to be honest.
– David Weissman (@davidmweissman) March 30, 2021
Another said, “Appendix A, why libertarians are not taken seriously.” Seth Rogen didn’t chop up his words and tweeted, “F *** right about this shit.” Others, however, were less subtle in their trolling. One user said, “Heyyyyyyy calling the kentucky libertarians for the worst tweet I’ve seen in a while … love this subtle anti-Semetism”. Another person said, “There’s no better example of why libertarians sucked all the way than this tweet.”
Fuck that shit right away.
– Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) March 30, 2021
Vaccination records have become a critical focus of American politics in the last few days. Jen Psaki announced that the Biden administration is working with private companies to develop passports. The announcement did not go down well with Republicans, who have strongly opposed the idea. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he would put a ban on passports, and Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene angrily tweeted and berated her. The libertarian party bucked the idea, with key leaders tweeting against the passports.
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