Illinois state worker quits $77,000 a year job after he is busted for racist emails about the Obamas: report
The Illinois Office of Executive Inspector General revealed on Friday that a state worker quit his job after being confronted with sexist and racist emails he had sent, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Donald R. Johnson, 76, “immediately expressed his desire to resign” his $77,200 a year job as an investigator for the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, the report said.
“The inspector general’s office did not release copies of the emails with its report and redacted much of what it said was sexist and racist language,” the Tribune noted.
The report did publicly document emails Johnson had sent about Barack and Michelle Obama.
“The watchdog’s report said Johnson sent an email Feb. 1, 2016 — Obama’s last year in office — from his personal email account to his state account. The body of the email read: ‘Have you seen any photos like this in the 7 years? — with the mutt in office now. Me neither.’ The email included photos of former President George W. Bush standing with members of the U.S. military and wounded soldiers,” the Tribune reported.
“On May 11, 2014, Johnson sent an email with the subject line ‘Move over Hanoi Jane,’ the report states. That email had an image of Michelle Obama on a visit to China,” the newspaper reported. “The email text read: ‘Move over Hanoi Jane, here comes ‘Peking Michelle!!!’ Michelle Obama waves red communist flags on her taxpayer funded visit to China. Anyone remember her ever waving an American flag? Well, I guess it was almost a foregone conclusion … but here it is, live and in living color!! (No pun intended)'”
Johnson had worked for the agency since 2008 — the same year Obama was elected president.
“The 76-year-old Johnson is the second workers’ comp commission employee to resign over the sending and receiving of sexist and racists emails,” the Tribune noted.