Rapid City Alderman Bill Clayton has apologized to a black KOTA-TV reporter for asking if she should “be deported…back to Kenya with Obama” and questioning whether she was an “American.”
The incident reportedly occurred in August after KOTA-TV reporter Taisha Walker phoned Clayton and asked him how he planned to vote on a proposed property tax increase. Clayton apparently responded to her question with another question, asking her how she planned to vote in the presidential election.
Then he followed up with a few more: “Should we deport you back to Kenya with Obama? Are you even an American; are you American?”
Walker then filed a complained with the city. It was the second complaint filed against Clayton, who was also being investigated by city council for comments he made about a fellow council member, according to KOTA-TV.
Clayton claims he never watches KOTA-TV and did not know Walker was African-American.
“I apologize to the KOTA reporter, I apologize to everybody on this council for any discord that I might have caused, I apologize to the city staff who had to spend their valuable time taking care of this, I apologize to the citizens of Rapid City (South Dakota),” Clayton said at a city council meeting on Tuesday.
He also said, just four months later, he is a changed man and has learned from his “baptism by fire.”
No further action will be taken by the city council.