A Facebook Obama slur got a woman fired for speculating that “maybe he will get assassinated” to her friends.
The woman, 22-year-old Denise Helms, used a racial slur in a Facebook post to describe President Obama. She didn’t count on her status going viral, prompting an investigation from the Secret Service about whether her remark was really a threat, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal,” Helms told FOX40 Sacramento. “The assassination part is kind of harsh. I’m not saying I’d go do that or anything like that, by any means, but if it was to happen I don’t think I’d care one bit.”
As the Facebook Obama slur went viral, Helms’ workplace at Cold Stone Creamery decided it needed to respond. Helms was fired.
“The employee is no longer w/the company. We were as shocked as you were by her outrageous completely unacceptable comments,” the official Coldstone Twitter account wrote to a commenter on Thursday. The store where she worked reportedly received 20 angry voicemails and Facebook posts in response to Helms’ Facebook Obama slur, the Modesto Bee reported.
The Facebook Obama slur could mean even more trouble for Denise Helms. The Associated Press reported that the Secret Service is investigating and will determine whether she will face any charges. It is a felony to make threats against the president.
Helms’ Facebook Obama slur is not the only halfhearted threat to emerge against President Obama in the wake of his re-election. Reality television star and real estate mogul Donald Trump made a series of Tweets on Election Night that the nation needed revolution, though Trump quickly deleted the most radical of his posts.
Here is Fox40 Sacramento‘s story on the Facebook Obama slur: