Woman Fired for Anti-Obama Post: 'I'm Not Racist'

But Denise Helms did muse about him getting assassinated...

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 11, 2012 3:59 PM CST
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(Newser) – A California woman insists she's not racist despite a Facebook post about President Obama that included a racial slur and a musing that "maybe he will get assassinated this term..!!" Denise Helms' post triggered a Secret Service investigation and prompted her employer, Cold Stone Creamery, to fire her after a barrage of angry phone calls and Facebook messages, the LA Times reports. But she fired back on Facebook: "I'm not racist and I'm not crazy. just simply stating my opinion.!!!"

"The employee is no longer w/the company," Coldstone said on its Twitter account. "We were as shocked as you were by her outrageous & completely unacceptable comments." Still, Helms seemed shocked by the whole thing: "I didn't think it would be that big of a deal," she told a reporter. "The assassination part is kind of harsh. I'm not saying I'd go do that or anything like that, by any means, but if it was to happen I don't think I'd care one bit."

Denise Helms defends her Facebook post about President Obama.
Denise Helms defends her Facebook post about President Obama.   (YouTube)
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