- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Google is choosing to stand behind a design lead who faced backlash on Twitter this week for a profane anti-Republican rant responding to the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

“You are finished, @GOP. You polished the final nail for your own coffins. F—K. YOU. ALL. TO. HELL,” Dave Hogue, who also describes himself on Twitter as a teacher and author, tweeted to his nearly 4,000 followers.

“I hope the last images burned into your slimy, evil, treasonous retinas are millions of women laughing and clapping and celebrating as your souls descend into the flames,” Mr. Hogue wrote Saturday, the same day Justice Kavanaugh was confirmed to the high court amid several uncorroborated sexual misconduct allegations.

Mr. Hogue later deleted the tweet, adding that he was not tweeting in an official capacity but could have been “more eloquent” in expressing his personal opinions.

Google told Fox News that Mr. Hogue’s statement was his alone.

“What employees say in their personal capacity has no bearing on the way we build or operate our products,” a Google spokeswoman said.

Meanwhile, Mr. Hogue’s tweet expressing regret received only 51 retweets and a whopping 4,900 replies as of Tuesday afternoon, with users expressing concern about the perception of bias against conservatives at the major tech and social media giants such as Google, Facebook and Twitter.

Mr. Hogue wasn’t the only Google employee outraged by Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Ken Norton, Google Ventures partner and product manager, tweeted, “Abolish the Senate,” shortly before the judge was confirmed.

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