Mark Giangreco, a sportscaster for ABC 7 in Chicago, has been suspended from his show after posting a tweet that declared President Trump a “cartoon lunatic” while naming the United States “a country full of simpletons.” The February 19 tweet was in response to a Twitter posting by Toronto Star sports columnist Bruce Arthur.
Arthur had tweeted: “Donald Trump: a hateful ignorant corrupt simpleton supported by 87 (percent) of Republicans. “ In reply, Giangreco wrote: “so obvious, so disturbing. America exposed as a country full of simpletons who allowed this cartoon lunatic to be ‘elected.’"
Giangreco deleted the offending tweet, but screen captures of his Twitter post have circulated widely.
In a statement announcing his suspension, ABC 7 wrote, “Sports anchor Mark Giangreco's Twitter comments are not in line with ABC 7 Chicago's non-partisan editorial standards. We've reviewed the matter and are taking the appropriate action.”
Giangreco has seen trouble in the past for some of his statements. For example, he once joked that Fox News should be renamed “Nazi News” in response to a suggestion from former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling that CNN should be called “LPNN” - with the 'LP' standing for “liberal propaganda.” He also once commented that former Chicago Bears football stand-out Walter Payton looked “shriveled up,” even though he knew that Payton was suffering from a fatal liver disease. Giangreco later claimed to be “devastated,” and that he was unaware of Paton’s disease. In 2014, Giangreco had to apologize for a graphic of Chicago