Hospital exec fired for suggesting Trump backers should infect each other and give up ventilators

Laura Krolczyk (pictured), who was the vice president for external affairs at a New York hospital, has been fired for suggesting that Trump supporters should infect each other with the coronavirus

A top executive at a Buffalo, N.Y. health care facility – who used to work for a very well-known Democrat – found out the hard way that not everyone is entitled to her political opinions.

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center just terminated Laura Krolczyk, the center’s vice president for external affairs, over Facebook posts that bashed President Trump’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Krolczyk was initially placed on administrative leave from her position but was fired after an investigation into her remarks, spokeswoman Annie Deck-Miller confirmed on March 28.

In turn, Hauptman Woodward Medical Research Institute has placed Director of Development Lisa LaTrovato on leave for her comments in the Facebook exchange with Krolczyk, the institute told The Buffalo News.

The institutions acted after the conversation between the two wa shared by Republican operative Michael Caputo through his Twitter account on March 27.

Both Krolczyk and LaTrovato worked for Democratic elected officials before moving into their positions at the medical and research organizations: Krolczyk for Hillary Clinton and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and LaTrovato for Louise Slaughter.

The exchange – according to screen captures posted by Caputo – began when Krolczyk posted a link to an article by The Hill news site about the Trump administration’s reluctance to pay $1 billion to General Motors and Ventec for ventilator production.

Krolczyk shared the article with a comment: “Vote Trump.”

LaTrovato responded: “But will waste more than that on a wall and space force.”

Krolczyk: “Trump supporters need to pledge to give up their ventilators for someone else … and not go to the hospital.”

LaTrovato: “I think they should be the only ones in packed churches on Sunday.”

Krolczyk: “They should barricade themselves in there and ride this out.”

LaTrovato: “Yup.”


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