You ever notice sportscasters and sportswriters are some of the people who suffer most from Trump Derangement Syndrome? This blowdried blowhard apparently is no exception.
ABC-7 sportscaster Mark Giangreco, who in a tweet Sunday referred to President Donald Trump as a “cartoon lunatic” and America as “a country full of simpletons,” has been suspended.
“Sports anchor Mark Giangreco’s Twitter comments are not in line with ABC 7 Chicago’s non-partisan editorial standards,” the Disney-owned station’s management said Thursday in a statement. “We’ve reviewed the matter and are taking the appropriate action.”
Efforts to reach Giangreco for comment through his agent Thursday were unsuccessful.
Channel 7’s spokeswoman declined to discuss the action beyond issuing management’s statement, but it appears the suspension will not begin until Monday. Blogger Robert Feder first reported the news of Giangreco’s multiweek suspension without pay.
Giangreco’s remark about Trump and Americans came after Toronto Star sports columnist Bruce Arthur tweeted: “Donald Trump: a hateful ignorant corrupt simpleton supported by 87 (percent) of Republicans”.
Giangreco’s response (as posted) said: “@brucearthur so obvious, so disturbing .America exposed as a country full of simpletons who allowed this cartoon lunatic to be ‘elected’.”
Giangreco’s tweet, which additionally could be read as casting aspersions on Trump’s legitimacy through the quote-marks around “elected,” was deleted. But a screen shot was included in a ChicagoCityWire.com report, a site the Springfield State Journal last year connected to WIND-AM 560 talk-show host Dan Proft, a 2010 Republican candidate for governor.
Another deleted tweet apparently from Giangreco that ChicagoCityWire.com included in its report followed a suggestion from former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling that CNN should be called “LPNN,” the “LP” standing for “liberal propaganda.”
“(T)hen let’s change Fox News to Nazi News,” Giangreco responded.
So Americans are simpletons and Fox News is Nazi News. Sure, he seems stable.