Maybe it was because of the hour. Maybe it was because the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday had just ended — and Republican Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration was just days away.
Whatever the reason, an apparently displeased Kentucky woman took to Twitter at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday and posted the following: “If someone was cruel enough to assassinate MLK, maybe someone will be kind enough to assassinate Trump. #bekind #trump #lovetrumpshate.”
Soon after, the sender of the tweet — Heather Lowrey of Louisville — was in trouble, WAVE-TV reported.
A screenshot was taken of her tweet, and then other social media users alerted Lowrey’s employers, the station said. Her social media accounts were soon taken down, but it was too late.
First off, the Secret Service interviewed Lowrey and opened an investigation on her, WAVE said.
“Any time threatening communications like that are made, we always conduct an investigation,” an agent told the Courier-Journal.
What’s more, Lowrey’s employers — four of them — gave her the ax.
Among them were the Va Va Vixens — Louisville’s “largest and most popular burlesque and variety troupe,” according to the group’s website — who who said Lowrey quickly got the big hook offstage.
“Please, know that we, at Va Va Vixens, do not condone the behavior of Heather Lowrey,” the group’s statement read, according to WAVE. “She was dismissed the moment we were informed of this incident. We have a zero tolerance policy for such. It’s no secret that we are in the midst of a divided nation. With so much hate and anger in the world, our hope is to be a sanctuary that welcomes all walks of life with open arms. We do not condone hate by any party and will not partake in it. We in no way support negative behavior or malicious intent from anyone.”
American Income Life — Travis Moody Office, Kentucky-Indiana didn’t take too kindly to Lowrey’s tweet, either, and posted this statement on Facebook:
Heather Lowrey is no longer contracted with the Travis Moody Agency. The Travis Moody Agency, its agents and its staff do not share the same views, nor opinions as Heather Lowrey. We have a zero tolerance policy and would never condone this behavior.
Same with the Elizabeth Monarch group, which is with Keller Williams Realty: “Heather Lowery is no longer employed at the Elizabeth Monarch Group. She has not worked at this company for over 10 months,” the statement read, WAVE reported. “The Elizabeth Monarch Group, its agents, and its staff do not share the same views.”
And the Heyman Talent Agency noted on Twitter that Lowrey is no longer contracted with the organization. The Courier-Journal said it added that “our company does not share the same views, nor opinions as Heather Lowrey. We would never condone this behavior and have zero tolerance for hatred and negativity.”