Conservative talk radio host Dianna Ploss fired for demanding workers speak English

‘Is anybody here illegal? Are these guys illegal?’ asks presenter in tirade she filmed herself

Graig Graziosi
Wednesday 22 July 2020 15:38
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Conservative talk show host tells landscapers to 'speak English'

A conservative radio show host lost her job after she filmed herself telling landscapers to speak English.

Dianna Ploss, a supporter of Donald Trump and conservative talk radio host in New Hampshire, filmed herself berating a man for speaking Spanish while he was working.

Ms Ploss was on the way to her radio station when she overheard a landscaper speaking Spanish. She began filming herself and started harassing the workers.

"It's America. You should be speaking English," Ms Ploss said. "Is anybody here illegal? Are these guys illegal?"

She continued to berate the workers, and claimed the local government was engaged in "communism".

"Your tax dollars up here in New Hampshire, that's what's going on here," Ms Ploss said. "So now they have people who don't speak English who are putting in this stuff that taxpayers are paying for and look what they're doing. This is communism."

At one point during the video, a man stops to ask Ms Ploss why she's harassing the workers. Ms Ploss calls him a "social justice warrior" for wearing a face mask and directs her response towards her viewers.

"He's a black man, and he's going to protect the brown man from this white woman who's practising white privilege because she happened to walk by and heard this guy talking to all of these guys doing this work in Spanish," she said.

The broadcasting company Ms Ploss worked for issued a statement on Sunday announcing she was no longer associated with the company.

"Dianna Ploss is no longer associated or affiliated in any way with WSMN or Bartis-Russell Broadcasting, LLC. We at WSMN value freedom of speech, freedom of expression and assembly.

"We will not tolerate discrimination, racism or hatred. We continue to present and offer on-air opportunities for discussion, education and the exchange of opinions and ideas," the statement said.

Ms Ploss recorded a new harangue after losing her job. In the footage captured on Monday, she stood in front of a cardboard cut-out of Mr Trump and a poster that read "MA 4 Trump 2020" while she made ominous promises and referred to herself in the third-person.

"You have not silenced Dianna Ploss. I am not going away," Ms Ploss said. "Patriots, we have a country to save." The radio host lamented the "commies" and "leftists" who were trying to "shut us down" and "destroy our country" during her response.

She tried to paint her situation as ridiculous and cast herself as the victim of leftist mob mentality gone mad.

"So, if you want people in America to speak English, that makes you a racist," she said, apparently incredulous.

The men harassed by Ms Ploss posted a statement on their company's Facebook page thanking the community for supporting them after the video was shared widely online.

"The numerous phone calls, social posts, emails, voice messages and overall kind words are extremely encouraging and heartfelt," Tom Morin, the owner of the landscaping company, wrote. "I believe that we can all take immense pride in how quickly the community rallied to demonstrate that this type of behaviour is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated."

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