West Virginia's Raleigh County Deputy Director of Emergency Management, Mark Wilson, was cheering Donald Trump's wall on Facebook with his own vision for what it might be: African-Americans' severed heads mounted on a wall.
February 5, 2019

When cable news helpfully reminds viewers that Trump won in West Virginia by double digits, they rarely explain why. But here is a shining example: A government official in Emergency Services at that, cheering on Trump's wall with his own vision of what his might look like.

Mark Wilson, Raleigh County Deputy Director of Emergency Management, was suspended after he posted a photo of a wall with severed heads of African-Americans Maori tribesmen on it, with this caption: "Be thankful Donald Trump is building the wall! Mine would look more like this!"

"This" is pictured above.

But it wasn't just Wilson. Jamie Bennett, Fayette County’s Deputy Director of Emergency Management, commented on it.


Bennett was fired for that. Wilson has been suspended for the moment.

New York City EMS Watch tweeted, "Mark Wilson the Deputy Director of Emergency Management has committed career suicide on Facebook. He should never hold another job in public safety."

We concur. This is beyond the pale, and why he wasn't fired immediately is a mystery. There should be no question that he's unfit for the position he holds.

This is Trump's America, right smack dab in the middle of West Virginia. It's ugly and fierce.

Update: A reader emails: "You should clarify that the photo used in Mark Wilson's tweet is of Maori tribesmen in New Zealand, not the heads of African-Americans. This doesn't make his tweet any less reprehensible but I think it is a very important detail that needs to be corrected."

I do too, and I have corrected it. I did leave the reference in the tease, because I was referring to what Wilson's vision of the wall was, but have corrected it within the post where I referred to the actual image he posted.

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