A New Jersey official resigned his position over an inflammatory Facebook post that likened illegal immigrants to rabid raccoons.
Rick Blood, the deputy mayor of Mendham Township, N.J., resigned from his position on Monday after the post went viral.
A portion of the since-deleted post — which can be seen below — explained why he believed that those who aren’t even traditional supporters of President Donald Trump voted him into office in 2016:
You’ve been on vacation for two weeks, you come home, and your basement is infested with raccoons. Hundreds of rabid, mean, messy raccoons have overtaken your basement. You want them gone immediately. You call the city, 4 different exterminators, but nobody can handle the job. But there is this one guy and he guarantees you to get rid of them, so you hire him. You don’t care if the guy smells, you don’t care if the guy swears, you don’t care if he’s an alcoholic, you don’t care how many times he’s been married, you don’t care if he voted for Obama, you don’t care if he has a plumber’s crack, you simply want those raccoons gone!
Another portion read:
Here’s why we want Trump, yes, he’s a bit of an a**, yes he’s an egomaniac, but we don’t care. The country is a mess because politicians suck, the Republicans and Democrats can be two-faced & gutless, and illegals are everywhere.
Other parts of the post called the U.S. “weak,” and alleged that our “enemies” are making fun of us.
We are being invaded by illegals, we are becoming a nation of victims where every Tom, Ricardo and Hasid is a special group with special rights to the point where we don’t recognize the country we were born and raised in.
Dehumanizing hate speech by @MendhamTownship Deputy mayor & @RoxburyTwpNJ Public Works Employee. #NoHumanBeingIsIllegal @dailyrecord @starledger @NAACP @ADL_NJ @NJTVNews @News12NJ @latinojustice @LATINOACTION pic.twitter.com/dqmJl0ZFza
— Karol Ruiz (@KR_KnowUrRights) February 12, 2018
The Daily Record, which reported the news, said that Blood’s resignation came at the end of an “emotional Township Committee meeting” where he was accused by township residents of racism and more.
Blood didn’t initially plan to step down from his position, and in the early moments of the meeting, said, “I do not believe my brief misstep warrants stepping down from the committee.”
Blood changed his tune shortly after facing more than two dozen angry residents who called his remarks “vile,” inherently racist,” and “disgusting.”
Blood during the meeting apologized for what he referred to as “bonehead” remarks.
“I am sincerely sorry for the controversy this has caused, and I take full responsibility for my actions and failures,” he said.
After the meeting was adjourned, Mayor Richard Diegnan Jr. returned and told those remaining that Blood submitted his resignation, to be effective as of midnight.
According to the outlet, Blood wasn’t the original author of the offending post — he simply copied and pasted the status onto his own page.