A CBS executive was almost immediately fired after going on a social media boasting that she was “not even sympathetic” to the 59 people who were killed on Sunday night’s Las Vegas massacre because they may have supported President Donald Trump.
Hayley Geftman-Gold, a VP and senior counsel in strategic transactions for the news company, took to Facebook to frame a political argument around last weekend’s tragedy, which saw 64-year-old Stephen Paddock open fire on concertgoers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel.
“If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing,” she wrote, referring to the lack of sweeping gun reform legislation in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook mass shooting.
“I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans are often republican gun toters,” Geftman-Gold added.
CBS did not hesitate to part ways with Geftman-Gold after her comments went viral and prompted a deluge of negative comments toward her and her former employer.
“This individual, who was with us for approximately one year, violated the standards of our company and is no longer an employee of CBS,” the company said in a statement. “Her views expressed on social media are deeply unacceptable to all of us at CBS. Our hearts go out to the victims in Las Vegas and their families.”
Geftman-Gold offered her own mea culpa to Fox News, describing her social media outburst as “indefensible.”
“I am deeply sorry for diminishing the significance of every life affected by Stephen Paddock’s terrorism last night and for the pain my words have inflicted on the loved ones of victims,” she said.
“My shameful comments do not reflect the beliefs of my former employer, colleagues, family, and friends. Nor do they reflect my actual beliefs – this senseless violence warrants the deepest empathy,” she added. “I understand and accept all consequences that my words have incurred.”