Dan Grilo, pictured above, is like the tinman from the Wizard of Oz. He doesn’t have a heart. Unlike the tinman, he’s not looking for one.
His Tweet referencing the poignant moment pictured above where SEAL widow Carryn Owens looked upward while mouthing “I love you” sparked outrage on the Internet last night and today.
Enough that it cost him his job.
For the record, even though Grilo is a Mexican (or Jewish) barnyard snake, I’m totally opposed to people being fired for speech only, no matter what is said. I’ve seen too many Trump supporters fired for mocking Obama.
What’s good here is that when lefturds like Grilo spew their hate it exposes them for the nasty, heartless creatures they are.
A former Hillary Clinton volunteer drew swift condemnation — and lost his job — after mocking the widow of a fallen Navy SEAL who was honored by the president during his congressional address Tuesday night.
Dan Grilo, who said in his Twitter profile that he was a former volunteer for both Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama, made the remarks after Trump paid tribute to Carryn Owens. She is the widow of U.S. Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, who was killed in a counterterrorism raid in Yemen last month.
“Our veterans have delivered for this nation—and now we must deliver for them,” Trump said, eliciting an extended standing ovation from the entire chamber for a visibly emotional Owens.
“Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero – battling against terrorism and securing our nation,” Trump said.
While widely regarded as the most powerful moment of the night, Grilo was not impressed. Responding to a tweet from L.A. Times reporter Matt Pearce, who noted that Owens was crying and overwhelmed, Grilo tweeted:
“Sorry, Owens’ wife, you’re not helping yourself or your husband’s memory by standing there and clapping like an idiot. Trump just used you.”
The tweet quickly zipped around social media as commentators on both sides of the aisle were outraged by the swipe. Donald Trump Jr. called the tweet an example of “hatred from the other side.”
Grilo followed up, apologizing for what we called a “poorly worded tweet.”
Grilo’s account soon went private, and was then deleted entirely. But the tweets were saved and archived by other Twitter users.
Grilo’s LinkedIn page says he works as a principal for the Chicago-based Liberty Advisor Group. But as of Wednesday morning, Grilo’s profile page on the site had been deleted, and the company later confirmed that an employee had sent what they called “an offensive and inappropriate tweet” regarding the Gold Star family.
In a statement, the company said that while the message was from his personal account, “his comments were inconsistent with the Company’s values.”
“Regardless of whether the comments in the tweet were intended to cause the hurt and anger that they ultimately generated, they were unacceptable to us, and the individual who issued the tweet is no longer affiliated with Liberty,” the statement said.
It’s very dangerous when companies can fire you for holding views “inconsistent with the company’s values,” since virtually all companies hold egalitarian values. How about a policy that says “We hold free speech and the First Amendment as our highest value.” I guarantee you that if Grilo were a professor, he would NOT be fired for that Tweet, nor even for a Tweet wishing Trump dead. I’d like to see the alt-right get the same speech protections as professors.