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'Liberal elitist' rips Gatlinburg fire victims as 'Trump-suckin pond scum' — and pays bigly for it

Burned structures are seen from aboard a National Guard helicopter near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Nov. 29. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

For some reason an Alabama man thought it was wise move to post a hateful rant on Facebook about Gatlinburg and the victims of the deadly Tennessee wildfire.

According to AL.com, Coleman Bonner wrote:

"Funny story. I was recently in Gatlinburg. Had a terrible time, I felt that the place was a cesspool of consumerism and a bastion of the worst aspects of southern culture. Turns out a wildfire just burned most of the town to the ground. Good riddance, Gatlinburg. And good luck, you mouth-breathing, toothless, diabetic, cousin-humpin, Mountain Dew-chuggin, Moon Pie-munchin, Pall Mall-smokin, Trump-suckin pond scum."

Bonner ended his screed with, "(Chuckles, and smiles like the smarmy liberal elitist I am.)"

But here's a funnier story: Bonner's employer, Express Oil Change and Tire Engineers, started getting outraged messages about his Facebook post, AL.com reported.

Then after "fully and thoroughly" investigating the situation, Express Oil Change told the outlet Coleman is no longer an employee.

"We are absolutely disgusted at what was posted, and want to emphasize that a person of this character does not represent who we are as a company," the company noted in a statement, AL.com said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected by the fires throughout the East Tennessee region, along with communities that were affected throughout the Southeast due to the recent drought."

Express Oil Change added its "sincerest apologies that remarks like this were made, and we were astonished at the lack of care Coleman expressed throughout his comments," the outlet said.

AL.com reported that it reached out to Bonner without success but noted that his Facebook and Twitter profiles have been deleted.

What's more, social media users tweeted Bonner's image to the FBI and law enforcement wondering if he could have been involved in the fire, which is believed to have been started by humans, AL.com added. However, no suspect in the fire has been identified, the outlet said.

A week ago on Monday, hurricane-force winds whipped up fires that killed 14 people and damaged or destroyed more than 1,750 buildings in the Great Smoky Mountains tourist region, the Associated Press reported.

(H/T: Mad World News)

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