An Arkansas firefighter was fired over a Facebook rant calling for NFL players who protest racial injustice to be “shot in the head,” WREG reports.
Earle volunteer firefighter Jonathan Marotti was fired as a result of the Facebook post, the department told the news station.
Marotti took to social media to attack athletes exercising the most basic of Constitutional rights, calling them “worthless piece of crap proffessional [sic] football basketball and baseball wannabe players.”
“I think trump [sic] should post snipers at every game and each player that takes a knee or sits in the lockerroom should b [sic] shot in the head,” he wrote.
“I have no sympathy for them and no respect and as for the rest of u obama lovin snowflakes out here protesting and makin idiots out of urselves u should b shot on sight to [sic all].”
While his comments got him fired, Trump’s evangelical adviser, Robert Jeffress, will keep his pastor job, along with his gig at Fox News, despite making similar statements.
“I think what these players are doing is absolutely wrong,” Jeffress said on Fox earlier this week. “These players ought to be thanking God that they live in a country where they’re not only free to earn millions of dollars every year, but they’re also free from the worry of being shot in the head for taking a knee like they would be if they were in North Korea.”
Jeffress went on to insist, “I know this president. President Trump is not a racist. For President Trump this is not about race.”
Tell that to the other firefighter axed this week over an offensive rant he assumed was alright because the president spews racist comments all the time.
Pennsylvania fire chief Paul Smith was forced to resign earlier this week after he wrote on Facebook that Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is a “no-good ni**er” over his decision to keep his team in the locker room during the national anthem.
Much like the president, Smith accused the media of “portraying” him as a “racist.”
“I regret what I said deeply and I am not the racist the media portrays me as. What I said was wrong and posted in anger,” he said. “The media dragged my fire company and township into this as well as my family.”
Trump and his supporters can insist this has “nothing to do with race” but the president knew exactly what he was doing when he took aim at black players speaking out against racial injustice in Alabama, a place not known for their progressive stance on race relations.
He also knew what he was doing when he dropped the racist dog whistle in favor of the racist bullhorn Thursday on Fox News, when he said that the NFL’s white owners are “afraid” of their predominantly black players.
Trump is not only appealing to the racial angst of rural white voters, he is making them think it’s okay to make America racist again. Marotti and Smith show us that we may have to put up with a racist in the White House for another three years, but we don’t have to put up with bigots in our own communities.