Former KARE11 meteorologist Sven Sundgaard was fired, Friday, shortly after he called conservative protestors “Nazi sympathizer gun fetishist miscreants.”
Mid April, Sundgaard described protestors who oppose Governor Tim Walz’s stay at home order in highly disfavorable terms via Facebook. Two days after Alpha News reported on the weatherman’s now-deleted post, he was dismissed from his position “due to continued violations of KARE11’s news ethics and other policies,” according to the network.
While KARE11 did not specify that Sundgaard was fired directly in relation to his anti-conservative rant, it is widely speculated that had he withheld his thoughts on the protestors, he would still have his job.
KARE11’s firing announcement amassed over 1,000 likes and 1,200 comments in just an hour. Many Facebook users and former Sundgaard viewers voiced their support for the network’s decision.
“Thank you for having some ethics and addressing this issue,” one commenter wrote. “Thank you Kare 11! His comments were definitely unprofessional. You did the right thing,” said another.
However, not everybody is happy to hear of the meteorologist’s dismissal. “That’s crap! He said what most are thinking,” somebody commented. “I like him even more now that I know what he said,” another person wrote.
An Alpha News reporter reached out to Sundgaard for comment but did not hear back in time for publication. This story will be updated if he responds.