- The Washington Times - Friday, September 30, 2016

A Pennsylvania mayor says he’s the victim of a “witch hunt” amid calls for his resignation after he posted numerous racist messages on Facebook, including a photo comparing the Obama family to monkeys.

West York Mayor Charles Wasko, who was elected in 2013, posted a photo this summer showing a wheelbarrow full of baby orangutans and the caption, “Aww… moving day at the Whitehouse [sic] has finally arrived.” Mr. Wasko also added his own message, writing, “Not soon enough!”

The mayor has not yet deleted the image.

Another post that has since been deleted suggested President Obama should be hanged with a noose, The York Dispatch reported. Another still active post featured a fictional black person explaining that socialism is “when the white folks work every day so we can get all our governmental entitlement stuff for free.”

Another post in February showed a smiling chimpanzee with the now-deleted comment, “Most think it is Obama’s picture……sorry its Moochelles baby photo,” The York Dispatch reported.

“Absolutely deplorable,” said council President Shawn Mauck. “It makes you sick. There’s no good excuse for his actions or behavior.”

Democrat and Republican members of the West York Borough Council want Mr. Wasko to resign. The council will vote to censure the mayor on Oct. 6.

“We want to reassure the public that we don’t condone it and it doesn’t reflect the views of the borough council, borough government and its employees,” Mr. Mauck said.

Reached by the York Daily Record by phone Wednesday, the mayor said it’s just “bulls— that’s going on up at the borough office” and hung up.

In a brief phone interview with The Associated Press, Mr. Wasko said he would provide more details at a later date about his “witch hunt” claim and then hung up.

Mr. Wasko responded to a commenter Thursday on Facebook, writing, “Sorry, But I will not be politically correct, I say what is on my mind and what I believe in, I say what people think but are afraid to upset the liberal media and crooked politicians….there will be more to come from me.”

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