It seems those who support Donald Trump have about as many brains in their head as he does — and if you haven’t been living under a rock for the past year, you know that he certainly doesn’t have too many.
So when a Dell Rapids, South Dakota firefighter took to social media to encourage the United States government to reinstate slavery, let’s just things didn’t go over too well for him.
John Nygaard reportedly made several racist Facebook posts that completely shocked Dell Rapids residents. So much, in fact, that the story was picked up by the local news.
According to one person, his posts tarnished his image as a public servant. Dell Rapids resident William Dezee explained, saying:
‘You’re a public servant and you’re putting stuff like that on Facebook, that’s not good.’
Dezee’s comment was a reference to a Facebook post made by Nygaard to a former Kansas State University student’s account.
Last week Paige Shoemaker posted a photo of herself and a white friend with L’Oreal clay facial masks on her faces, preceded by the following caption:
‘Feels good to finally be a n*gga.’
Shoemaker was expelled from the school after posting the photo, but offered the following explanation and apology for her wrongdoing:
Nygaard, however, thought the young woman’s thoughtless act was an opportunity to share his opinion regarding race relations, and by extension, his support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
‘There’s enough problems going on, we don’t need racial slurs or people wearing masks or saying something that’s what 160 years old, leave it alone. That’s the way it should be,’ Dezee added.
Nygaard’s comments have since been deleted from the original post, but below is the screengrab of what was originally said:
Dell Rapids Fire Rescue announced that the volunteer firefighter had been relieved from his duties, saying:
‘John is no longer a member of our volunteer organization. Dell Rapids fire would like to apologize on behalf of our former member for his insensitive and narrow-minded comments on Facebook. This is something we take very seriously and this type of thinking will not be tolerated by our members.’
‘As we’ve seen with a lot of the police brutality in this country that just because you are serving the public doesn’t mean you are serving every person in the public.’
She went on to say that she believes social media can act as a venue through which we hold public servants accountable for the possibly harmful thoughts or beliefs they may hold. Luckily in Nygaard’s case it worked, as the firefighter was let go from his position.