In the aftermath of Saturday night’s rampage on the London Bridge, in which terrorists killed seven people and injured dozens more, an editor at the conservative news site Breitbart posted a provocative tweet: “There would be no deadly terror attacks in the U.K. if Muslims didn’t live there.”
The comment from Breitbart’s Katie McHugh was not entirely uncharacteristic for the editor, who has previously made disparaging remarks about Muslims on her Twitter account. But according to McHugh, it prompted the media organization to fire her.
On Monday morning, she announced on Twitter: “Breitbart News fired me for telling the truth about Islam and Muslim immigration.”
CNN said it confirmed McHugh is no longer with the company, citing four unnamed sources.
McHugh, a Pennsylvania native who has written scores of articles for Breitbart since being hired in April 2014, previously worked at another conservative outlet, the Daily Caller, according to a Breitbart hiring announcement.
Breitbart had not responded to a request for comment from The Washington Post by Tuesday morning. The company declined to comment to the New York Times.
Breitbart was once led by Stephen K. Bannon, a top adviser to President Trump, and during the presidential campaign became associated with Trump’s nationalist policies. It gained even wider recognition through inflammatory writer Milo Yiannopoulos, who resigned from the organization in February after videos surfaced of him praising pedophilia.
SOURCE: Samantha Schmidt
The Washington Post