James Cobo of Phoenix Arizona decided to post a Facebook status claiming he would run over protesters that came to his city:
People were understandably furious with Cobo’s remarks. Just two weeks ago, Heather Heyer, a peaceful protester in Charlottesville, lost her life when a car plowed into her. After this display of hate, Cobo was terminated from his employer, West Valley Tires Point.
“West Valley Tires Point S wants to publicly state we do not condone or support violence or prejudice in any way shape or form,” the company said in a statement. “We were recently made aware of an employee that posted outrageous posts and videos that are in no way affiliated with the positive views, values and appreciation we have for people in our community and throughout the world. That person is no longer affiliated with West Valley Tires Point S.”
Cobo doesn’t get what the big deal is. According to him, it was just a joke.
“I’m being made into a horrible person over a joke that was just meant to ruffle some feathers,” Cobo said in an interview. “I admit it was a tasteless joke, but the keyword here is it was a joke. If anybody was ever going to go and intentionally hurt people, why would they talk about it on social media publicly before doing it?”
Actually, many of the white supremacists in Charlottesville did talk about their desire to hurt people on social media.
Since the post, Cobo says he’s been receiving death threats. “I never hurt anybody, nor did I have the intent to,” Cobo claimed, adding, “I never said I was actually going to hit anybody with a vehicle. They assumed it.”
Again, his post read, “You are all pathetic. Cant wait to drive through. 4×4 with push bumper will be sweet in this crowd. I named my lifted truck ‘trumper.”” The threat of violence couldn’t be more clear.
And Cobo doesn’t understand why people would think badly of him now. He stated, “I still can’t figure out why I’m being called a racist. I’ve never even said anything racist.”
The former auto repairman said that when he wrote the post, he wasn’t thinking about Heyer. But, he also said she was responsible for her own death, and that her family is greedy:
“If you play in the road, you might get hit by a car. My parents taught me that when I was little. Now, her family has $225,000, because she played in the street, and people feel sorry for her family.”
Did Cobo’s parents forget to teach him that actions have consequences while they went over road safety?
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