CBS has fired one of its vice presidents after she posted a comment on Facebook claiming she felt no sympathy towards the victims of a mass shooting in Las Vegas because they were country music fans and possibly gun-owning Republicans.
"If they wouldn't do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing. I'm actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans are often Republican gun toters," wrote Hayley Geftman-Gold, now-former vice president and senior counsel for strategic transactions at CBS, on Facebook.
Geftman-Gold's comment came after a gunman killed at least 59 people attending a country music festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1. More than 500 people were also injured. The incident is the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.
Her comment likely references the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting in which a gunman opened fire in Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 children and six adults.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Geftman-Gold deleted her comment after it was noticed by right-wing websites and a petition calling for her firing was launched.
"[Geftman-Gold], who was with us for approximately one year, violated the standards of our company and is no longer an employee of CBS," a CBS spokeswoman told Fox News. "Her views as 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."
After her firing, Geftman-Gold issued a statement apologizing for her comment, according to Fox News:
Earlier today I posted an indefensible post in a Facebook discussion thread concerning the tragic Las Vegas shooting, a statement I sincerely regret. 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 the victims. 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. I understand and accept all consequences that my words have incurred.
Geftman-Gold's attorney, Carrie A. Goldberg, also issued a comment.
"In the last few hours my client, her family and friends have been bombarded by online death unimaginable in quantity and detail. We beg people to show love and support to survivors and loved ones - in Las Vegas and their own lives - instead of creating more violence," she said, according to Fox News.
Sources: Los Angeles Times, Fox News / Featured Image: Rob Young/Flickr / Embedded Images: Haley Geftman-Gold/Facebook via Brandon Morse/Twitter, Pexels