- Associated Press - Saturday, August 20, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An Austin city councilor known for making controversial statements is being criticized for telling a group of Hispanic children to become productive adults so that they “don’t have to live off others.”

Don Zimmerman made the comment during a budget hearing that drew students and others imploring the council to continue funding after-school programs.

The Austin American-Statesman reports (https://atxne.ws/2b659F8 ) that Zimmerman told the students Thursday to grow and “do something useful” so that they don’t become dependent on others.

He declined requests by the newspaper for an interview, but issued a statement that blamed colleagues for assuming his comments were racial.

Since taking office last year, Zimmerman has been criticized for other comments, including that the U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage could lead to legalizing pedophilia.


Information from: Austin American-Statesman, https://www.statesman.com

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