Political activist Ryan Woods is perhaps better known as Ryanna Woods or Lady MAGA. The drag queen is a Log Cabin Republican from Utah and vocal Trump supporter but now finds himself terminated from Delta Air Lines. Woods claims he was sacked by Delta for his conservative activism and Trump support.
Why Did Delta Fire Lady MAGA?
Ryan Woods was recently terminated as a Delta Air Lines flight attendant. Appearing on Newsmax TV, he claims that he was fired over his social media posts, none of which crossed the lines of decency.
Woods, who worked for Delta for eight years and boasts of an impeccable record, insists that he never mixed his work with his activism.
“I’m professional. I always keep it separate.”
Woods claims that Delta began an investigation on him on January 7, 2021, the day after the insurrection in Washington, DC. At the time of the invasion of the U.S. Capitol, Woods was five miles away performing at a rally.
“I feel it is obvious they began their investigation he day after the riots while it was socially acceptable to target Trump supporters and claim we’re dangerous. They said my photos with patriots holding guns – way back in November – violated their social media policies. They don’t police other flight attendants’ social media. I feel that I was clearly targeted for my conservative views and support of Trump.”
Delta’s social media policy warns that employees represent the Delta brand 24/7, whether they associate the company with their postings or not. Delta decides what it considers to be “offensive speech.” Woods asserts that the policing of social media is only done when there has been a “complaint” against an employee.
He adds that other flight attendants have posted incendiary messages and are not punished.
“Flight attendants post music online that contains the N word. They post “F**k Trump and post sexually explicit images along with using profanity. But Delta doesn’t care.”
Woods misses his job:
“I was hired as a flight attendant in 2013. It was a dream come true. I’ll never forget graduation when my Mom (God rest her soul) pinned my wings on my uniform.”
Live and Let’s Fly has reached out to Delta Air Lines for comment. We also expect to interview Woods tomorrow about the incident. Stay tuned.
While the facts are still unfolding surrounding this particular case, the broad powers airlines (and all companies) have to determine what is offensive and what is not is a concern. Calls for violence, sedition, treason, and insurrection should be punished. But firing a flight attendant for expressing support for a candidate or for an expansive reading of the Second Amendment? Even if within the legal discretion of Delta, it is not a good look for the airline.
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As someone who thinks that Trump and his supporters are the worst that humanity has to offer, I respectfully disagree. I would agree with you in the normal course of politics. I have no problem with republicans, I have no problem with their beliefs, as long as they will tell the truth and support the truth. If Delta fired this woman for supporting Trump, I applaud them. I believe that supporting Trump is on the same scale as supporting Adolph Hitler, and I say this as a Jew. He is responsible for a riot, for an attack on our democracy. He is responsible for this pandemic. He is responsible for hundreds of thousands of lives, this is not someone that any person with a trace of honor will ever support. I, too, would fire any Trump supporters. I can’t trust any of them.
@ Matthew — Hopefully,
Thank you for showing what is wrong with This country.
Comparing Trump to Hitler? Did you fail high school history class or something? I ask because you just showed the world you have ZERO knowledge of history
Alan, you are an insult to the memory of my grandparents who perished in the Holocaust. Comparing Trump to Hitler is an idiotic, ignorant comment that trivializes the Holocaust. As Derek said you need some serious history lessons. You are no different than the neo-nazis who try to minimize it and you make me sick
How can you “respectfully” disagree when you show not respect what so ever. Calling millions of people the worst of humanity, shows you are actually the worst of humanity.
My first reaction is to imagine that there is more to this story. But, of course, Delta is placed in a bad position as they simply can’t comment on it beyond the standard and vague press statements.
This person’s political views should never result in firing, despite what we may think of them. That is as long as he is not taking them across the line of discussing and pushing them on others in the workplace. Or using his position (not that it’s a big sell, lol) in touting his views. My bet is that he did just that, somehow cross the line where his fandom to Trump extended to his work and he was making both customers and colleagues very uncomfortable. It would be the same if he was a BLM or Bernie supporter and those views reached a level of toxic behavior such that people around him felt threatened or even harassed.
Bottom line is that it’s suspicious that instead of taking legal action and keeping quiet until he has is day in court he is taking to getting his story out to blogs. Not a good plan for someone who was truly wronged and wants justice. Smells more like someone looking for his 15 minutes of attention as he twists a story to his favor that requires no depositions or court time to reveal the actual truth.
Ho-Hum. Republicans are always in favor of at-will employment…until they aren’t.
The irony is totally lost on conservatives up in arms about this, as they are the same ones who have been blocking federal non-discrimination employment laws for LGBTQ+ people for YEARS.
Sue them for discrimination if you think you were wrong, but nobody is interested in you milking your story in the media…unless it’s Newsmax or another mock-outrage outlet.
Gotta say that you weren’t the only one who immediately thought of the problems with at-will employment here. I have never understood why Americans decided to willingly cede labor protections to companies in the hopes that they might get thrown crumbs.
I don’t think he should be fired for being outspokenly pro-Trump ( any more than he should be for appearing in dreadful hair and makeup, looking as he does like a poor man’s Dolly Parton). I bet Delta wouldn’t be doing this had Trump won in November…
Bad move Delta. It is not safe to fly a plane with only a left wing. You have become a public safety hazard and deserve to be grounded.
Ryan is unprofessional. Last time I saw him(last week) he was harassing underage transgender children at the Utah State Capital. A grown man harshly picking on teenagers. Who does that? Even if you disagree with them you don’t attack them. Or wait when they’re with adults. She bullied them.
Best move ever, Delta!!
Well I for one will never fly Delta again.
Nothing to do with this story; I just don’t like them.
To those who expressed their feelings about my comment about Trump, I humbly ask: do you honestly, truly think that Trump is not capable of such acts? You’re right, he did not COMMIT the same sins that Hitler did. But it is so obvious that he has all the skills, all the negative traits that Hitler did. He was willing to overturn millions of votes for his own, demented sick reasons. Hitler was willing to turn over the Jews for his own, demented sick reasons. The only difference between the two men is that Hitler succeeded in killing 6 million Jews and 5 million others.
@David: I’m truly sorry that you lost so many people in the Holocaust. That is a truly tragic thing, and I can tell that my comment hit home personally for you. I speak to you now. You lost family in the holocaust. How did that feel? Does the fact that the people who died, of no fault of their own, make you sick to your stomach? Does it make you cry tears begging and pleading that they come back, only to understand that that will never happen? Don’t you wish you could know your grandparents? I wish all of those things for you. I wish you could get them back. Now ask yourself, do you ever want that to happen again? After what Donald Trump did during his four years in office, caring about no person but himself, do you honestly, truly believe that he might not, intentionally or unintentionally, commit a similar atrocity? He’s already well on the way to doing that by his total disregard for this pandemic. He’s doing this for no reason other than his own sick, selfish, reprehensible narcissism and need for power. You lost loved ones in the holocaust because of a mans sick, selfish, reprehensible narcissism and desperate NEED FOR POWER!!! Your grandparents, not unlike every single victim of this pandemic past and future, were not at fault for what has happened. Sure, we can blame Americans for their actions during the virus, but we can’t, in good conscience, do that without placing blame on our leader for DELIBERATELY letting this happen.
You are why this country is so divided that there may well be a civil war, because that’s what happens when you spew such hatred at others simply based on what they believe. And I just love this trick that your side pulls (learned from Sal Alinsky) to accuse others of doing exactly what you are doing. If you’re being hateful, targeting people based on their political beliefs and making fascist moves to force everyone to do as you wish – then call “Trumpers” hateful and fascist and Hitler, Look in the mirror, you ugly creep. Then please check itineraries for CCS and Venezuelan immigration requirements because your real home should be with Nick Maduro.
Your article seems to have a Conservative slant. I’ll keep my eye out for your articles.
Your article seems to have a Conservative slant. I’ll keep my eye out for your articles, meaning I might want avoid your articles.
Alan, you must be a bot placed to spur outrage. No human should be as broken as your comments suggest you must be. To assign all pestilence and calamity to a single political candidate and those who may share similar views is manic, delusional and truly unhealthy. Please seek professional attention. Your employer may be coming for you too soon enough.
@miamiorbust: do you feel better?
I’m Polish ancestry, 1/4 German. I have (very old) friends and relatives who were on nearly all sides of the WWII conflict including the maid-of-honor at my wedding who was a member of the Hitler youth who later married a Jew (her brother died at Stalingrad); My father-in-law who risked life and limb as an 8 year old to “steal” food for the family (the guards USUALLY didn’t shoot at children); my father who served in the USA 26th artillery who had an impromptu party with former members of the Rommel Panzer corp by the West German side of the Berlin wall; a spy for West Germany who regularly made trips to the GDR; among many others. 3 million ethnic non-Jewish Poles died during WWII including many of my relatives and the entire nation was scheduled for ethnic cleansing. My wife grew up in the former USSR in a city that used to be part of Poland.
I just got off the phone with someone whose parents lived in a village held by the Nazis and he didn’t seem to express the concern that Trump was on the same scale as Adolf Hitler.
It’s just my opinion, of course, but from what I believe of all these interesting people I have known over my life, is that they were often good people who supported political regimes because they lived in a society that didn’t guarantee free speech for them to speak up for themselves.
ALAN, Shame on it!!!!!
@PolishKnight: You write a very interesting comment. I’m sorry to hear about your story.
I agree with your sentiment completely. There are likely very many people who supported the Nazis because they could not properly express themselves. That makes Trump supporters even worse people than Hitler supporters.
I agree that Donald Trump is not on the same scale as Adolph Hitler because, and only because, he isn’t intelligent enough to be. But based on their hearts and their opinions, they might as well have been the same person. I’d be interested to hear the opinion of a separated family during the Trump administration, and you and they can compare notes. It is impossible to truly answer this question without hearing all perspectives and I appreciate you offering yours.
“Delta’s social media policy warns that employees represent the Delta brand 24/7, whether they associate the company with their postings or not. Delta decides what it considers to be “offensive speech.” Woods asserts that the policing of social media is only done when there has been a “complaint” against an employee.”
I’m not a fan of Trump and what the GOP represents, but I have a problem that he was fired for his off-duty views/activities? Espiecially if his accounts and activities don’t associate with Delta or Delta branding. If this is legal, then I think it sets a dangerous precedent where a company can and force its opinions on you and can fire you for doing something on your own time.
Alan seems oddly defensive saying Trump is like hitler and he is glad that Delta fired this man. Trump is nothing like Hitler. Could Alan be a Delta manager trying to stir up the shit pot?? Lol. It is sick what Delta did to Lady Maga. Not to mention the companies support of the BLM group and forcing their employees though training trying to make them feel guilty for “being white”. What’s wrong with these big companies?
GOOD RIDDANCE TO THAT NAZI TRASH LADY STUPID MAGA LOSER. ROT IN HELL.
Trash news, trash article, just complete trash! Lady Maga, you’re a disgrace the LGBTQIA community. LGBTQIA rights and protections are next on the SCOTUS agenda. You honestly think those 6-conservative justices really have our best interest???