The white hose said on Tuesday that President Joe Biden wants resignation from all three members of the Los Angeles city council who participate in racist conversations that were captured in a leaked audio recording.
Whitehouse press secretary said that they all should resign. The language that was used and tolerated during t that conversation was unacceptable and it was appalling.
Biden’s position follows resignation calls from top California Democrats, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., a mayoral candidate vying to replace Garcetti.
Four L.A. political heavyweights – including three Latino members of the L.A. City Council – are heard making racist remarks in the recording, first reported by the Los Angeles Times. The leaked audio is the most recent episode in a long-standing racial divide between Latino and Black communities within one of the nation’s most diverse cities.
Ron Herrera, the president of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor resigned from his position Tuesday. But L.A. City Council President Nury Martinez at the center of the controversy has stopped short of resigning from her seat, instead taking a leave of absence and stepping down as council president.
The two participants, L.A. council members Kevin de Leon and Gil Cedillo, also remain in their council seats.
The president is so happy to see that one of the participants in that conversation has resigned and the president said that, they all should resign.
In the recording, Martinez can be heard making racist statements about the Black child of a white council member, Mike Bonin, including that he “handled his young Black son as though he were an accessory.” She described the son in Spanish as “like a monkey” and said the boy’s parents are “raising him like a little white kid.”
“I was like, this kid needs a beatdown,” Martinez said. “Let me take him around the corner and then I’ll bring him back.”
The conversation took place during an October 2021 meeting at the union’s offices over the city’s redistricting process.
Although everyone in the recording is a Democrat, Jean-Pierre sought to make a distinction with Republicans on how the parties respond to racism within their own ranks.
“When a Democrat says something racist or anti-Semitic, we really hold Democrats accountable. When a MAGA Republican says something racist or anti-Semitic, they’re embraced by cheering crowds and become celebrated and sought-after endorsements.”
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