Breitbart Fires Writer Over anti-Muslim Tweet on London Attack

'There would be no deadly terror attacks in the U.K. if Muslims didn't live there. #LondonBridge,' Katie McHugh's pinned tweet said ■ Writer doubles down, says she was fired for 'telling the truth'

A screenshot of Katie McHugh's Twitter account image.
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Breitbart News fired one of its writers for tweeting an anti-Muslim comment following the deadly terrorist attack in London on Saturday, that left 7 dead and injured dozens.

“There would be no deadly terror attacks in the U.K. if Muslims didn’t live there. #LondonBridge,” Katie McHugh wrote in a tweet which she pinned to the top of her timeline. 

Three attackers rammed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed others nearby on Saturday night before police shot them dead.

British police identified two of the three attackers on Monday as Khuram Shazad Butt, a Pakistani-born British citizen, and Rachid Redouane, who was of Moroccan and Libyan descent. 

Breitbart News, the right-wing website formerly headed by White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, is known for its anti-Muslim stance. The website is struggling to transition from being an outsider attacking Washington to defending the missteps of the Republican-controlled White House and Capitol Hill.

McHugh, who had been working at Breitbart since 2014, set up a crowdfunding page under the title "Support Katie McHugh: Fired from Breitbart for Telling the Truth." In a tweet, McHugh urged her followers to contribute. "Donate here so I can pay my medical bills and get employed again," she tweeted.

Several prominent right wingers came to McHugh's support, including firebrand Ann Coulter and Mike Cernovich, a prominent pundit of the so-called alt-right, who retweeted a link to her crowdfunding page.

Other conservatives, however, welcomed the news of her firing. Commentary editor John Podhoretz tweeted: "Man would I like to read a Katie McHugh profile. There don't seem to be any. Maybe she's in the 30 under 30 issue of Der Sturmer."

Rick Wilson, a Republican political strategist and vehement opponent of Donald Trump, enjoyed a moment of schadenfreude: 

Meanwhile, McHugh herself got into a heated exchange with Hollywood actor Seth Rogen: 

McHugh is not Breitbart's first employee to leave over controversial comments. In February, Milo Yiannopoulos resigned as editor of Breitbart Tech after coming under fire from other conservatives over comments on sexual relationships between boys and older men.