A Richland County deputy has removed a personal social media post in which he insulted President Barack Obama and made a reference to “worthless Democrats.”
Deputy Timothy Michaud took down the comments dated Wednesday at the request of the Sheriff Leon Lott.
Michaud said he served in the military under former President George W. Bush and Obama “and I can say serving under Obama in the military was a disaster” without further explanation. The rest of Michaud’s remarks were laced with expletives.
“This is not something the department condones and, as public servants, we must refrain from expressing opinions on social media,” Lott said in a statement. “The sheriff’s department will handle any social media posting that is detrimental to the department.”
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This isn’t the first time social media comments got public safety officials in the Midlands in hot water.
In July, three Columbia firefighters were fired over Facebook posts aimed at Black Lives Matter protesters who had taken to the streets to protest. A Richland County paramedic was also fired for comments on social media in July.