A Labor Department official who had resigned in order to avoid being fired has been given his job back after comments that had been characterized as anti-Semitic were determined to be sarcastic in nature and mocking of anti-Semites.
Leif Olsen had recently been appointed to his position by President Donald Trump, but came under scrutiny after Bloomberg published a story linking him to posts that it characterized as anti-Semitic.
Olsen told Bloomberg that the comments were “sarcastic criticism of the alt-right’s conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic positions.” But Bloomberg sent the posts to the Labor Department, which put pressure on Olsen to resign.
After others vigorously defended Olsen on Twitter, the Labor Department reconsidered the comments and gave Olsen his job back. Bloomberg then updated its story and removed the term “anti-Semitic” from the title as a description of Olsen.
I have to agree with Twitter user Michael Tracy, who said, “Anyone with basic reading comprehension skills would’ve known after 2 seconds that he was actually *mocking* anti-semites, but that’s apparently a lot to ask for the media these days.”
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