The deputy mayor of a New Jersey town has stepped down after a shocking Facebook post comparing illegal immigrants to ‘rabid, messy, mean raccoons’.
Republican Rick Blood resigned Monday as deputy mayor of Mendham Township, the hometown of former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, amid a furious backlash over the post.
Blood was explaining in the Facebook post on Sunday morning, why he believes the country voted in Donald Trump, even though Americans think the president is ‘an a**’ and an ‘egomaniac’.
He compared Trump to the only exterminator who could get rid of a raccoon infestation. The raccoons in this ill advised analogy stood for illegal immigrants.
Republican Rick Blood (left and right) resigned Monday as deputy mayor of Mendham Township
‘You’ve been on vacation for two weeks, you come home, and your basement is infested with raccoons. Hundreds of rabid, messy, mean raccoons have overtaken your basement. You want them gone immediately,’ he wrote.
He added that you try several different exterminators, but one only ‘one guy’ – Donald Trump – ‘guarantees you to get rid of them.’
‘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 simply want those raccoons gone!’ the post continued.
‘Here’s why we want Trump, yes he’s a bit of an ass, yes he’s an egomaniac, but we don’t care,’ Blood wrote.
‘This country is weak, bankrupt, 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 a point where we don’t even recognize the country we were born and raised in…and Trump is the only guy who seems to understand what the people want,’ he continued. ‘The raccoons have got to go.’
Blood was explaining in the Facebook post on Sunday morning, why he believes the country voted in Donald Trump, even though Americans think the president is ‘an ass’ and an ‘egomaniac’ when he made the ill advised comparison
The post sparked fury when it was posted last week, and by Sunday afternoon, Blood had deleted the offensive message and issued an apology.
‘It was insensitive at best and it was cruel at the worst. I am most heartily sorry,’ Blood said at a Mendham Township Committee meeting on Monday, adding that, while he made a mistake, he had no plans to resign, NJ.com reports.
But residents remained ‘appalled’, with local Pat Kelly, telling Blood he acted like a ‘bully.’
Others dismissed the deputy mayor’s suggestion it was a mistake, and said he’d lost their trust.
The committee decided to discuss the issue in private, and when they returned, Mayor Richard P. Diegnan Jr. announced Blood’s resignation.
Blood spent just two months on the committee, where he appointed to full a vacancy and then elevated to deputy mayor in January. Unlike all the other committee members, he wasn’t voted in.