A California woman has brought a world of trouble down on herself with a single Facebook post about the president.
"Another 4 years of this [N-word]," Denise Helms Facebooked on Tuesday night. "Maybe he will get assassinated this term." Her post was published using the "private" setting on Facebook, but a friend photographed it and tweeted it, and it's since gone viral.
Helms has now been fired from her job at Cold Stone Creamery, publicly repudiated by her former employer, and investigated by the Secret Service. "We found her comments to be very disgusting," said Helms's former manager.
In public interviews Helms was surprisingly unapologetic: "I didn't think it would be that big of a deal," she said, and added that if Obama was to be assassinated, "I don't think I'd care one bit." Later on Facebook she expanded on her self-defense: "I'm not racist and I'm not crazy. Just simply stating my opinion!!!"
No it was a very stupid thing to say. And when the Secret Service hears that kind of stuff, what did she think would happen?!?! She, and "you people" just need to get over the fact that, Yes,---we have a black president...And we have a black president for the next four years...Just Get Over It......'Cause there ain't a Damn thing that you can do about it!!!
Yes and every time I see a black person I now there is a 90% chance he voted for obama and most likely did because he is black. To this point I have tried to understand and go out my way to kind to black people but no more.
@David944 So what? Considering that about fifty years ago folks thought black people were the subhuman scum of society and deserved none of the rights guaranteed to white men by the constitution - I think that's a legit reason to vote. Also under that logic - they would have voted for Herman Cain.
So stop trying to be nice to black people like they deserve special cosndiersti
I'm sick of people saying that Blacks only voted for Obama because he is Black. Blacks voted for him because he carried their interest. Last I checked John Kerry is White, along with Al Gore, and Bill Clinton. I'm sure 90% of Blacks voted for them. I'm sure you know what is common among them.
@David944 oh, so now you're going to go out of your way to be mean to black ppl? Women, Latinos, and Asians too? They also re-elected Obama. White men are a minority these days. Maybe you all should lobby for Affirmative Action for white men. LMAO!!
@MRMacrum"Rabid rampant ignorance" might also work. That's my point, and you are correct, this behavior is present in every corner. And neither side will even try to identify the problems. They're too busy pointing fingers and regurgitating sound bites to look. They seem to be.... Blinded by BS and baffled by brilliance.
@Dan_Tien Yes but it was not open to the public till later. So who knows what those people (just Harvard students) were posting. You are not being intellectually honest. You know what I meant. It was not that widely used untill about 2007.
@Buggsy888 "Facebook was opened on September 26, 2006, to everyone of age 13 and older with a valid email address." In 2006 Bush was still in office. Before Facebook, there was MySpace. Honesty is an ethical attribute, not an intellectual one.
@Buggsy888 February 7, 2001: While President George W. Bush was in the White House Residence, in Washington, DC, Robert Pickett, standing outside the perimeter fence, discharged a number of shots from a weapon towards the White House.
September 11, 2001: A van occupied by men of Middle Eastern descent arrived at the Colony Beach Resort and claimed they had a "poolside" interview with the President. They did not have an appointment and were turned away. It is possible this was an assassination attempt modeled on the one used on anti-Taliban fighter and Northern Alliance military leader Ahmed Massoud two days earlier.
May 10, 2005: While President George W. Bush was giving a speech in the Freedom Square in Tbilisi, Georgia, Vladimir Arutyunian threw a live Soviet-made RGD-5 hand grenade towards the podium where Bush was standing and where Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, the First Lady of the United States Laura Bush, the First Lady of Georgia Sandra Roelofs, and officials were seated. The grenade was live and had its pin pulled, but did not explode.
Every possible threat against a President of the United States is taken seriously, regardless of his popularity.
I'm sure if a black man said the same thing about George Bush, and called him a "cracker", nobody would do anything, but when an "evil white woman" says something against both the media's, and half of the countrie's savior, she gets cruely fired, investigated by the mentally ill secret service, and on top of that is called a racist! A black man could call me a "cracker" and I wouldn't consider that racist! So why does this lady get called one for using an equally offensive term?
First of all you are not "sure about any such thing". You are simply speculating to try to find a way to justify this silly woman....She is not only a racist, but a stupid one at that...And there is nothing you can say or speculate about that will change that!
@Sonny Actually there is, this lady didn't post this publically on Facebook, she posted it privately so that only her friends could see it. And one of her stupid friends thought it was a good idea to take a pic of her friend's comment, and Tweet it! And further more, what about the secret service? Did they really need to step in and interogate the poor lady? It was a private post! Why does the government have the power to do that? Not to mention the fact that she didn't even say anything threatening against Obama!
@Romney2012 Of course the sec service has the legal authority to do what they did. All threats to assassinate the pres. would probably initially be "private" in the first place..So they were right to question her.Maybe she has learned something from this---
A very stupid woman. I don't know if she should have been fired for being racist, but more for being an idiot. Anyone who thinks the President is to blame for the state of this country, is just plain ignorant. Legislation and litigation for profit is the problem. The rest are merely symptoms or collateral damage if you will.
No. Extremists exist on any issue. This woman in no way represents anyone's views but her own, and it takes an immensely unintelligent person to make such comments in an online forum. I truly wonder if people like this want attention, and are too foolish to realize just how much attention, and of what variety, they might receive.
@Sonny Did you even read the story? She said "maybe he will..." I don't think you will find a terroristic threatening statute in this country that defines that as a threat. Therefore it is not illegal.
@WilliamWallace Someone in law enforcement prob saw it, was required to report it, and SS was obligated to investigate it. I'm sure it was just a routine interview and they quickly came to the same conclusion we did, she did something idiotic and is not a credible threat.
Unfortunately there are a great many out there who think much the same way as this moron. Racism and hatred are alive and well, pitting one group against another in this country. When asked if the country is headed in the right direction, my answer is no and if you look for the reason you will find it staring back at you in a mirror.
Had a boss twenty some years ago readying himself for a race war. It's closer than you think. The drone program I like, think O is right on. But some of these other things... Not so good. If people weren't so focused on race they would realize our rights as Americans are being stripped. When the 1% denounce citizenship and the businesses move out where is the money going to come from then? That's right. You and me. If you have more than a third world citizen that will be considered too much. So go ahead focus on the hate. After all if you hate everyone equally you can't be racist, huh?
Yes, everyone is so preoccupied with racial issues, same sex marriages, legalization of drugs, atheism... and China is working hard, staying focused and will become the Leader of the Free World in four years or less. Let's all stay distracted, I'm sure they are laughing all the way to the bank!!!
@mimi57 yes they are. We need to clean out thewashington scene with term limits. And effective representation. And now that elections are done, voter ID in some capacity. Both sides claim foul at election time. We should put an end to it. Oh wait. Oops that's right our dear leader is off golfing! See that won't work! Hmmmm what to do?
@Penn1699 Really?! I have never seen so much confusion and discontent...none of this makes sense to me. Racial tensions are as high as they were in the 60's, everyone is angry at someone..all the special interest gangs are going crazy, I don't know...
she is understandably upset and let her emotions come through, she should of not used the word "assination" in her tirade, and as far as her friend goes I think she should be scolded also for putting her post on twitter it was sent to her "friends" not the whole world, maybe she should sue her for copy right violations..
Looks like her parents taught her well. They must be so proud that they were able to ingratiate their racist views into their little girl. That in itself is what is wrong with America. Freedom of speech-yes. Freedom of hate-no
This woman got caught up in the moment and posted something incredibly stupid. The Secret Service had to waste who knows how many man hours making sure that she was just your run of the mill right wing nut and not a real threat. Her name is now known everywhere and it will be pretty hard for her to find another job unless some other racist hires her. Actually that probably won't be too hard at all - maybe Papa John will make an exception. This is an example of how one stupid act can really mess up your life. Twenty years from now people will be asking her "Aren't you the one that posted the racist rant against the President"?
Do you really think the Secret Service wasted an hours investigating this? Her statement started with "Maybe he will" which is not a threat. If they did more than send a local police officer to question her they need to rethink their education.
It was a terrible thing to post, but it's nothing that both sides probably think. It was wrong and I doubt she meant it, but it's a different time, when everything you say or post, is out there..it's kinda like saying. "I'm going to kill my husband". Or , I wish my boss would die". Angry thoughts, said or posted for all to hear or read. She regrets it I'm sure, but it's out there, and she can't take it back... No one should wish the president dead, ever!
Have an opinion that differs from democrat/socialist and you are tagged as prejudice or racist. Beginning to believe that all democrats/socialist are nothing but a bunch of school room sissy's that won't fight back about anything. Don't believe me? Look at Obama and Benghazi. Obama willingly sacrificed an ambassador, staffer and two members of a security cadre just to get re-elected.
Democrats have no stomach for a fight. Can't wait for the Chinese to show up to collect their due. Remember, democrat socialist, those Rosetta Stone lessons should be mandarin.
"democrats/socialist are nothing but a bunch of school room sissy's that won't fight back about anything" Well, I wonder since they handed the Right a solid beat down, what does that make the Republicans?
Yes, I think she was saying what a lot of bigots think to themselves. She's just... let's be kind and say "naive"... enough to have no idea how offensive and racist her little brain fart was. Whether she should be fired for it? Naw. Not if she's not saying that stuff at work. Though the second she did, bye-bye and leave your ice cream scoop on the counter before you go.