Katie McHugh was a reporter at Breitbart until she posted a tweet that many are claiming is racists. CNN Media is reporting:
Breitbart Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow announced McHugh’s departure internally Monday morning. After this article was initially published, McHugh herself confirmed she was out, tweeting, “Breitbart News fired me for telling the truth about Islam and Muslim immigration” and posting a link to a fundraising page started to support her on the fringe right website WeSearchr.
McHugh had ignited controversy on Saturday night when she wrote on Twitter that “there would be no deadly terror attacks in the U.K. if Muslims didn’t live there.”
“You’re a real moron,” actor Pej Vahdat replied.
“You’re an Indian,” shot back McHugh, incorrectly identifying the ethnicity of Vahdat, who is Iranian-American.
McHugh’s comments prompted outrage from a number of her own colleagues. Breitbart employees who spoke to CNN Sunday characterized McHugh’s remarks as “appalling,” “terrible,” and “dumb.”
McHugh has a history of posting racially tinged remarks on social media. She once tweeted, “Mexicans wrecked Mexico & think invading the USA will magically cure them of their retarded dysfunction. LOL.” In other tweets, she was disparaging of other cultures and said, for example, “another Crusade would do a lot of good.”
It was not clear if Ryan Saavedra, a Breitbart writer who called for the return of the crusades after the London terror attack, was also still with the company.
Here is the original tweet which she has pinned to the top of her Twitter account.
To add insult to injury McHugh is now asking for money to support herself online until she can find a new job.
Breitbart’s reporters have had a history of making inflammatory statements, do you think it’s good they are starting to police what their journalists say?