GOP Congressman Says He's Happy CBS Fired Legal Exec Over Las Vegas Comments
On Monday, CBS parted ways with an executive over a comment she made on Facebook.
Rep. Steve Scalise, who was shot and seriously injured while playing softball in June, has no sympathy for the CBS executive who was fired Monday for writing on Facebook that she was "not sympathetic" to the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
"I think that's disgraceful," Scalise said on Fox News Tuesday night. "I'm glad she was fired, because there's no place in our society for that kind of hate. I mean that is hate."
The executive, Hayley Geftman-Gold, worked in the network's legal department. Before her post was deleted, she had written in a private discussion thread on Facebook that "country music fans often are Republican gun toters." And, she said that she doubted Republicans "will ever do the right thing" and seek to enact gun control legislation.
After the right-leaning Daily Caller news site published the executive's messages, the story spread on conservative media platforms, and CBS moved quickly to fire the individual and distance the company from her and her beliefs.
The executive apologized for her comments, saying, "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."
Despite being nearly killed by a lone shooter, Scalise, a Republican congressman, said that gun control legislation is not the answer to the country's epidemic of mass shootings. "To promote some kind of gun control, I think, is the wrong way to approach this," he told Fox News' Martha MacCallum. Instead, he argued for the benefits of arming citizens to counteract gun-toting intruders and perpetrators.