UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: During a lengthy email exchange on Saturday, Hamilton said her email account had been hacked, and that she “reached out” to Tanden on Friday evening “and explain[ed] the situation to her.” Hamilton also said she planned to look into the suspension of her Twitter account.
Peggy Hamilton, a member of the board of directors of the Greensboro Symphony, denies sending a profanity-laden email to Neera Tanden, but the email address Tanden screen-shotted is the same one used by the symphony board member for a 2016 arts conference in North Carolina.
A member of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra’s board of director’s apparently took issue with criticism of by Neera Tanden, a progressive policy wonk and former Hillary Clinton associate, of President Trump’s handling of the economy.
Following her Wednesday appearance on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” Tanden tweeted a screenshot of a message received from one Peggy Hamilton, writing, “I have fan mail from my @hardball appearance, probably.”
The screenshot, which includes Hamilton’s email address, includes the message: “You stupid fucking bitch. You make no sense and hate our president. Go fuck yourself, media whore.”
Tanden, who was once described by Politico as “Hillary Clinton’s anger translator,” previously served as the top staffer in Clinton’s US Senate office, policy director for her 2008 presidential campaign and as an unofficial advisor for her 2016 presidential campaign. Today, Tanden holds the position of president of the left-leaning Center for American Progress. Among mild barbs lobbed at Trump on Wednesday, Tanden told Matthews: “A normal president that wasn’t so personally offensive and gross and racist would actually have higher approval ratings.”
The Greensboro Symphony Orchestra website lists Hamilton as the vice co-chair for development on the executive committee of its board of directors. A contact list published by the statewide arts advocacy organization ARTS North Carolina from a 2016 conference includes Hamilton’s name alongside the Greensboro Symphony with the same email address that was published in Tanden’s tweet.
Hamilton could not be reached for this story, and an email to the address tweeted by Tanden and published on the ARTS North Carolina contact list bounced back.
Keyshia Haithcock, the director of development and public relations for the orchestra, said staff contacted Hamilton in response to an inquiry about the matter, and Hamilton responded that “she has no knowledge of this email.” Haithcock added, “She has however taken action to get this matter cleared up.
“As for the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, of course, the views and opinions expressed are not shared by the GSO, our board of directors, or our sponsors and affiliates,” Haithcock said.
Haithcock said Hamilton had been “out of the country for the past two weeks.” A post on Hamilton’s Facebook page indicated she was in St. Petersburg, Russia with her husband on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Hamilton commented under the same post that she had returned home.
In a follow-up email, acknowledging questions raised about the fact that the email address in the message to Tanden and the email for Hamilton in connection with the symphony are identical, Haithcock said she passed along Triad City Beat‘s request for an interview to Hamilton.
Archived tweets recovered by Triad City Beat from before Hamilton’s Twitter account was suspended for violation of terms reveal an ardent Trump supporter who shares the president’s disdain for his Democratic critics.
In one of the last tweets before her account was suspended, on June 7, Hamilton wrote, “You can’t even call him President Trump, can you?” In May, Hamilton retweeted President Trump mocking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s performance during a press conference.
Other re-tweets by Hamilton highlight issues of immigration, demography and patriotism.
In April, she re-tweeted conservative political analyst Oliver McGee accusing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden of wanting “UNRELENTING IMMIGRATION until whites are America’s minority!”
And in May, Hamilton re-tweeted a post by the account @DoingRight1, which suggested Christianity and Judaism should have primacy in American life while questioning the patriotism of US Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Democrat from Minnesota. “Never once has 0ma/r put American Judeo-Christian values first,” the tweet reads. “Are you proud to be an American [sic]. You remind me off Michelle [sic].”
Hamilton has been an active supporter of the Greensboro Symphony since relocating to the Greensboro area from Kansas City in 1985, according to a 2013 item in the Guilford Woman magazine. She received the 2013 Barbara Cone Award from the Greensboro Symphony Guild recognizing her as “someone who has exhibited distinguished service in the advancement of music in the community” and in the promotion of the symphony. The item went on to say that Hamilton has “arranged all local transportation for guest artists and opened her home to visitors,” and that she and her husband, David Hamilton, “were instrumental in establishing the Maestro’s Terrace, which is the reception for sponsors of the concerts.”
The article concludes, “Most recently, she has been instrumental in updating the Guild’s website capabilities and furthering its presence on social media networks.”