A Pennsylvania man who works at an electric appliance factory in the Philadelphia suburb of Millersberg is suing the company he works for after learning his security clearance was revoked for posting on Facebook a message that was critical of President Donald Trump.
“The president is an authoritarian, a tyrant, an abuser of power,” Matthew Hensley wrote on the Facebook page of the factory, a contractor for the Philadelphia-based millersburg power utility.
“You cannot trust him, nor should you trust any company who is owned by him, and who is using you as a puppet to do his bidding.”
A video of the post has since been viewed more than 1.5 million times and garnered more than 2,000 comments on Facebook.
Hensly, who was previously employed by the millersville power company, posted on the same Facebook page last October that Trump had “sacked” Pennsylvania Gov.
Tom Corbett, who he described as a “corrupt, crooked, bigoted, fascist, fascist puppet” in the post.
“We will never let the power of this president go to waste, because he is our president,” Hensy wrote in the video.
“We will not let him do this to our country, and we will not allow it to happen again.”
The video of Hensys Facebook post went viral, and he was invited to appear on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to discuss the post and the incident.
On Thursday, Hensleys attorneys filed a defamation suit against the millerstown power utility, claiming the post was false and that the company retaliated against him for exposing its security issues.
The suit, filed in federal court in Philadelphia, also claims that Hensies Facebook post violated Pennsylvania’s Freedom of Information Act.
Hinsley said he had been fired and had been given no reason for the decision.
The lawsuit also claims the company discriminated against him on the basis of his political beliefs.
“Millersburg Power and its employees and contractors have intentionally failed to protect Mr. Hensen’s civil rights and free speech,” attorney John Kirtz said in the statement.
“Instead of protecting his civil rights, Millersville Power has intentionally targeted Mr. Oates for political retribution.
This is not a joke.
This was a serious, serious matter.”
Millersville, a city of approximately 3,000 residents about an hour north of Philadelphia, is one of two millersberg plants that produce power for the city.
The other millersburg plant, located about 25 miles away, manufactures solar panels for the region’s electrical grid.
The city of Philadelphia has been a hub of protests against Trump, whose administration has sought to impose a travel ban and impose a temporary ban on refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.
The state of Pennsylvania is a member of the Travel Ban Alliance, which was formed by the Trump administration in response to the travel ban.
The group has called on the Pennsylvania legislature to pass legislation barring the executive branch from issuing such a ban, which would be effective immediately.