GRANGER, Ind. — The local chapter of the NAACP is turning to domestic terrorism in an attempt to intimidate a local mother and her 7 children. Trina Robinson, President of the South Bend NAACP, sent a text in order to organize a large group of people to harass County Councilwoman Amy Drake and her family outside of their home on Thursday at 6:30 in the morning. Drake is a mother of 7 children.
“Several of you have asked what are our next steps?” Robinson stated in her text. “Since they are not listening, perhaps their neighbors will.”
“I’ve chosen 6:30am because more likely than not, they will be at home.” Robinson continued, alluding to intimidating Councilwoman Drake’s children as they leave for school in the morning.
Robinson’s text does not mention exactly why they’re going to Drake’s home. It only claims that Robinson has been attempting to work with Drake and other county officials. The text does not explain what her mission and goals are.
However, according to Drake, she has never been contacted by the NAACP or Robinson in any manner. Drake also tells RNM she is not sure what exactly the NAACP plans to protest, since she has never had any emails, phone calls or in person meetings with Robinson or other NAACP representatives.
RNM reached out to Robinson who claimed it was her constitutional right to protest outside of Drake’s home and to harass her children. Robinson also could not tell RNM why or what the NAACP was planning to protest. She eventually hung up the phone.
RNM now plans to organize protests outside of Robinson’s house until she can answer our questions.
DEMOCRAT PARTY INFLUENCE
Sources within the St. Joseph County Democrat Party tell RNM the protest is actually being organized by party leadership who are using the NAACP to do their dirty work. According to sources within the party, Vice Chair Dr. Don Westerhausen has been the main organizer in the party’s recent intimidation tactics against Drake. Westerhausen has been partnering with another radical Democrat in the intimidation tactics, current Board of Health Member Heidi Beidinger.
“Trina (Robinson), God bless her, she just isn’t very smart.” One source who wished not to be named told RNM. “The Democrats have offered the NAACP money and more membership and donors if they step in and help out… But the democrats are broke. (The party) has less than $15,000 in the bank.”
(Meanwhile, the St. Joseph County GOP is raking in record fundraising numbers and membership. According to the last campaign finance report filed with the county, the GOP was sitting on about $350,000 cash. The GOP is looking to pull in another $100,000 at it’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner next week.)
WESTERHAUSEN’S RECENT ATTACKS AGAINST DRAKE
Just last month, Westerhausen went on an angry tirade against multiple women at a Board of Health meeting, including Councilwoman Drake. A three time failed political candidate himself, Dr. Westerhausen has a well documented temper that allegedly lost him his job at Elkhart General hospital several years ago.
In his speech during public comment at the April 19th meeting, Westerhausen first went off on the newest Board of Health member, Jill VanBruaene, by questioning her credentials and dismissing her as a professional working woman. While VanBrauene is a relator by trade, state law allows and promotes two Board of Health members to be outside of the healthcare profession in order to represent the average citizen in Board of Health decisions. During his comments, Westerhausen ignores the state statute (and the purpose behind it) in order to attempt to humiliate and bully VanBruaene out of the appointed position.
“I have several questions about her appointment.” Westerhausen stated in a dismissive manner about the highly regarded female citizen before lying about her appointment. “A realtor is not listed as a quote ‘qualified person to serve the remainder of the unexpired term.’”
Westerhausen then went off on Drake in his angry tirade, claiming she was somehow responsible for VanBruaene’s appointment to the board, even though appointments are made by the Board of County Commissioners.
“My only conclusion is that her appointment is a coordinated effort to eviscerate the Board of Health by (Councilwoman) Amy Drake and her supporters.” Westerhausen falsely stated, while providing no evidence for his claims. “I feel like Ms. Drake is having the Board of Health members do her dirty work as she tries to dismantle county government.”
At the end of his speech, Westerhausen made a strange comment, appearing to be a dog whistle for the NAACP, claiming “complicit bias and equity” are not political terms.
BEIDINGER GOES RADICAL, CALLS FOR PROTESTS
Also last month, failed Indiana State Representative candidate and St. Joseph County Health Board member, Heidi Beidinger, ranted obscenely against the GOP on Twitter by posting a meme to “Vote Every F*cking Republican Out,” adding “This needs to be said every day!” Beidinger deleted the tweet shortly after publication, falsely claiming her Twitter was hacked. However, RNM has screenshots as seen below.
This is not the first time Beidinger has made inflammatory comments. At a recent St Joseph County Health Board meeting, Beidinger retracted statements calling County Councilwoman Drake a liar after the board lawyer told her she was breaking decorum rules.
Beidinger, who lost her campaign in November against current Republican state representative Dale DeVon, also lost her seat as president of the St. Joseph County Health Board at the beginning of 2023. Beidinger ran unapologetically on gun control and abortion. While Beidinger has remained generally quiet on Twitter since her losses, she picked up steam again at the end of March going after Republicans about public health and the party’s work to put an end to child genital mutilation.
She’s also posted several things on Twitter, calling for protests like the one being organized at Drake’s home.
March 27: “We must organize and work together. We must remove MAGA GOP from office. Period.”
April 5: “Indiana is poised to make history with a significant public investment. It’s not a done deal though. We have MAGA St. Joseph county officials who want to stop it and turn away OUR taxpayer dollars. Show up at their meetings and be heard.” (Beidinger is referring to Governor Eric Holcomb’s public health bureaucracy expansion, that would increase funding for local health departments from $7 million to $150 million annually.)
April 5: On the recent Indiana law to ban the mutilation of children via sex change operations and treatment: “This is monstrous on so many levels. Gosh, I wonder how Dale Devon (sic) voted since he is so supportive of Hoosier children?” (DeVon voted yes.)
April 11: More on Indiana’s law to ban child gender transition: “It’s so horrible!” We must vote the MAGA GOP out! Organize and vote!”
After Beidinger’s recent defeats and the exit of St. Joseph County Health Officer Doctor Robert Einterz, who she was instrumental in bringing on board, Beidinger is now lashing out politically. She worked to get negative media attention against the bi-partisan selection of St. Joseph County’s newest health officer, Dr. Joe Cerbin, a well-respected community doctor. Beidinger was the only member of the health board to vote against Cerbin. Her complaint was that he would not serve full time or be permanent. Dr Einterz was also contracted part-time with the county at 30 hours per week and also left his four-year term early.
Einterz, like Beidinger, similarly did not hide his dislike of Republicans. The South Bend Tribune led with the headline “Einterz calls on voters to counter the politicization of public health by Republicans.” Einterz blamed a local Republican majority hostile to his wishes when announcing his resignation. Einterz blamed Republicans for limiting his ability to go after grants. When, in fact, they only told him he needed to run grants through the health board prior to presenting them to the council and commissioners, per state statute. Einterz bypassed the board for grants and hiring matters throughout his term, even though that is against state law.
Beidinger, who served as health board president for three years, said at the January meeting: “We have not adhered to the Indiana code for years…”
Beidinger, a South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg appointment, continues to hold a Democrat seat on the board. She is also an associate professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health.
Want to keep seeing the news the legacy media just won’t report? REAL News Michiana relies on member subscribers to keep going. As a subscriber, you’ll get an RNM mug and invites to special events. Help us continue to expose corruption and report on the news conservatives care about by subscribing here.