A county supervisor from Merced, California has issued an apology of sorts after a Facebook follower busted him for posting a video promoting the conspiracy theory that Jews were behind the 9/11/2001 terrorist attack.
According to Merced Sun-Star, Rodrigo Espinoza — the former mayor of Livingston — posted a video entitled ‘The Rothschild Conspiracy” to his Facebook page and was immediately criticized for promoting an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.
“I believe he’s using bad judgment. Even if he posted something or shared something he didn’t look at (or) that he didn’t agree with, that’s bad judgment,” said Los Banos resident Susan Graham. “I’m wondering what other kind of poor judgment he’s going to have in making decisions for the people of Merced County.”
Espinoza took down the video after receiving additional criticism, but not before claiming that Graham’s Facebook page is a “ghost account” set up by the Sun-Star to entrap him.
Saying that he is not a racist, Espinoza explained, “The video I shared on Facebook, in my opinion, didn’t have any negativity, It seemed interesting to me and so that’s why I shared it,” before adding, “I guess I do apologize.”
Contacted by the Sun-Star, Graham shot back at the county official for claiming she is not real, saying: “That’s ridiculous. (Espinoza) has seen my Facebook page. He knows who I am because I ‘friended’ him, I’m sure he looked at my page.”
Fellow supervisor, Lloyd Pareira , cautioned against any elected official randomly posting anything they find on lines, saying, “I never post anything without fully reading it, and I really don’t forward many videos, We’re elected (officials) and people look to us (to see) what we’re thinking and doing. I would never want to just share something on a whim.”
You can see a screenshot of Espinoza’s now deleted post below: