ATLANTA — A MARTA employee is under fire after she allegedly sent a tweet saying she wanted to assassinate President-elect Donald Trump.
The transit system confirmed to Channel 2’s Nefertiti Jaquez Tuesday evening that Aleama Philips has been relieved of her duties as a bus driver after allegedly sending the tweet.
The picture she posted showed Trump dead – riddled with bullets.
Jaquez went to Phillips' home Tuesday night, but she wasn't there. Her younger sister told Jaquez she had no idea what was going on because she's never on social media.
“If she posted it that's her thing. I don't want associate myself with something she's posting,” Philips sister told Jaquez. “My sister is not a bad person but I guess she wanted to speak out on the presidency and what happened. But to say she's going to assassinate him, I don't think that's something she would actually say.”
The controversial tweet was uploaded the day after the election. The tweet is hash-tagged #AssassinateTRUMP.
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Jaquez contacted MARTA, which released a statement, saying:
“MARTA recently became aware of a disturbing social media message directed at President-elect Trump that has been attributed to a part-time employee. The Authority does not condone any comments or depictions of violence. While we conduct our internal investigation, the employee has been relieved of duty.”
Phillps' sister said none of this makes sense.
“I know a lot of people don't like Trump but to the point that you're going to say to assassinate somebody. I don't know,” she told Jaquez.
MARTA said this is still an open case because they have to determine if Philips even posted the tweet or if her account was hacked.
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