“The Bachelorette” hasn’t even aired the first episode of Season 13 and we may already know which of the 31 men chosen to appear on the show with star Rachel Lindsay will be the villain.
Many contestants on the ABC dating competition deactivate or make their social media profiles private to avoid leaks about being on the show or bad press. Lee Garrett, a 30-year-old from Nashville, opted to keep his controversial Twitter posts public. Based on his bio on the social media site it seems the “Bachelorette” contestant, who calls himself both “pleasantly offensive” and “exceptionally Southern,” makes no apologies for who he is.
A deep dive into his tweets reveals Garrett is an avid supporter of President Donald J. Trump. He’s tweeted using the hashtag “#TrumpTrain,” which is full of messages from the so-called “basket of deplorables.” Garrett has also been outspoken in his opposition of anti-Trump protests, bashing liberals and suggesting that demonstrators are whiny.
In addition to having conservative political views, it seems that Garrett isn’t a supporter of feminism. In one tweet, which was linked to a now-deleted Facebook post, he rants about protestors calling Trump supporters “‘Racist this’, ‘misogynist…’” He also tweeted about being a “‘meninist.’”
Further evidence of his anti-feminist stance comes in less blatant tweets on his page. In one post he suggests that he’d never date a woman who used popular dating apps like Bumble or Tinder. While he seems to take issue with that, Garrett tweeted in 2016 that he sometimes gets “trigger happy swiping left.”
His more controversial tweets have to deal with race and racially charges issues in America. Garrett once tweeted about police brutality (again linking to a now-deleted Facebook post) taking the stance that excessive force is justifiable when an arresting officer experiences resistance. He also posted a message in which he seemingly suggested that “‘white privilege’” is a made up concept.
The account is not verified, but the man in the avatar photo does appear to be the same Lee Garrett cast in “The Bachelorette.” The account also shares the same handle as an Instagram account full of photos that appear to be of the Season 13 star. The only other social media account linked to the page is a Facebook that’s been deactivated.
Garrett is just one of many men cast in Season 13 of “The Bachelorette.” Should he find himself on the outs with lead Rachel Lindsay, she’ll have 30 other eligible bachelors to choose from. The full cast list was announced on Wednesday via Facebook Live hosted by Chris Harrison.
The reveal was, as the “Bachelorette” host promised, historic for a number of reasons. In addition to featuring one of the most diverse casts in franchise’s history, the Season 13 lineup is different on other levels as the cast features a divorcee as well as a single father.
Lindsay hasn’t spoken out about the casting for Season 13 at this time. Prior to the reveal, however, she did say that she knew exactly what she was looking for in a man. The “Bachelorette” star told ET Online she has no preference when it comes to race or ethnicity, but won’t stand for cocky guys or drama.
She went on to say that she felt neither would be a problem on Season 13 because of her direct approach. Lindsay vowed to avoid feeding into any issues in the “Bachelorette” mansion, telling ET, “That’s not my style.” Instead, she plans to handle issues as they unfold and make her own judgments about the guys on the show.
“I’m so direct that I won’t entertain the drama or the [pettiness] or cattiness. I’ll just deal with situations as they come to me, so if guys comes to me about a villain in the house, I’ll be aware of it, my antennas will be up but I’m not going to feed into it too much,” she said.
Tune in to “The Bachelorette” Season 13 premiere on Monday, May 22, on ABC. The show kicks off at 8 p.m. EDT — be sure to catch every minute of the drama.