Behind the Breton Block

Sacramento Bee columnist Marcos Breton often writes divisive pieces.

In the era of Mayor KJ he carried water for City Hall, and more recently sided with downtown businesses on their gripes over the homeless community’s fight for the right to rest. He’d denounce Trump and the alt-right, then carry out a series of columns painting the Sacramento Police Department in humanitarian colors. It does not make him the most beloved among his journalistic peers.

But he’s always had a quick fix to any criticism that’s come his way: a swift block on Twitter.

The now-famous #MarcosBretonBlockParty gif, created by Brian Breneman.

Many journalists, activists and local Twitter voices have been shut out from the musings of Breton. That ends today. Welcome to the monthly Breton report, in which we deliver the Breton tweets you missed and present insight into his retweet patterns. There’s more to a man than his printed column, and it’s a shame that you should be denied access.

On Wednesday, Aug. 23, Breton attended a Sacramento Republic FC match. He had a great time and shouted out his boys.

Throughout the month Breton showed support for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He retweeted a San Jose Mercury News piece about Hank Aaron saying Kaep is “getting a raw deal,” quoted a tweet discussing backlash to Muhammad Ali’s political dissent and commented on boxer Floyd Mayweather’s continued career despite a history of spousal abuse, saying, “Um, because we live in a society that glorifies misogynist athletes but condemns athletes who kneel during the National Anthem? Just a guess.”

He retweeted a photo of the Sacramento State Women’s Volleyball Team. #StingersUp

Breton attempted to sell tickets to his Aug. 29 luncheon with the Sacramento Press Club by implying that a purchase would push back against Trump media-bashing. It received three negative replies:

  1. “Another reason to not attend”- @oakfan1108
  2. “Trying to capitalize on your hate for America and the fairly elected President. Cool move. Clown!” – @patriot_ca
  3. “Above most others u deserved to be bashed. Incapable of any objective, rational journalism, just Trump hate. Write about Antifa, ur clan…” – @zenolithtom

After writing a column against anti-fascists, Breton earned an unlikely ally in rightwing insane man Dinesh D’Souza.

This earned a wink from Keith Olbermann.

Confusing Retweet of the Month:

Breton retweeted @Super70sSports’ tweet of a photo of Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weathers embracing on a beach. The caption reads, “If two men awkwardly embracing on the beach is wrong, I don’t want to be right.” It’s kinda beautiful.



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Blake Gillespie is a freelance journalist based in Sacramento. He's a former co-owner of Impose Magazine and has contributed at the Sacramento News & Review, the Sacramento Bee, the East Bay Express, Comstock's and His decade-plus of experience is in music, arts, sports, political and culture coverage.