Three San Francisco supervisors obtain threats following YC President Garry Tan’s tweet

Y Combinator President Garry Tan’s on-line rant tweet could also be deleted from X, nonetheless, the consequences are lingering, particularly for 3 San Francisco supervisors who’ve now obtained threats.

Aaron Peskin, Myrna Melgar and Dean Preston obtained threatening letters to their dwelling this week, as first reported by the outlet Mission Native. They, and now two different supervisors, have made police studies.

Peskin spoke to TechCrunch concerning the letter, which he quoted from: “I want a gradual, painful dying for you and your family members.” The entrance of the letter had a photograph of Tan, who final weekend posted a tweet addressing seven San Francisco supervisors who oversee the supply of native authorities companies.

It learn,  “Fuck Chan Peskin Preston Walton Melgar Ronen Safai Chan as a label and motherfucking crew … And in case you are down with Peskin Preston Walton Melgar Ronen Safai Chan as a crew fuck you too … Die gradual motherfuckers.”

Following the submit and some different feedback, Tan apologized, writing that he “thought everybody would get the rap reference however that wasn’t a great name, reference or not – sorry!” The reference in query was the 1996 Tupac Shakur tune “Hit ‘Em Up.”

To be clear, Peskin doesn’t suppose the threatening letter he obtained got here from Tan. He believes it was really from somebody who has despatched comparable threatening letters to the supervisors beforehand.

Peskin, together with 4 different of the board’s Jewish members, obtained anti-semitic postcards within the mail in October, Peskin mentioned. He shared a number of the verbiage from that correspondence, which reads, “This letter was despatched to teach public servants. It was with out malicious intent.”

The underside of the current letter mentioned, “This mail was despatched to speak a political opinion. No threats had been meant.”

Peskin has not met Tan personally. Nonetheless, he mentioned he was one of many San Francisco politicians Tan known as out in this YouTube video over his criticism of Cruise bringing its autonomous automotive to the town. Finally, Cruise misplaced its allow to function in California following an October accident involving a pedestrian.

In the meantime, Tan’s now-deleted X submit did “hurt to democratic discourse,” Peskin mentioned.

“I’m making an attempt to attract a really shiny line and say that it’s unacceptable and that it’s damaging to democracy,” Peskin mentioned. “Him taking the tweet down and apologizing on Twitter doesn’t go away me, or extra importantly, San Franciscans with the sensation that this man has discovered one thing, or that he actually understands the gravity of what he’s carried out within the second that we live in.”

Makes an attempt to achieve Tan by way of Y Combinator weren’t answered on the time of publication.

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