During a Board of Supervisors meeting in California's San Diego County, a speaker during the public comment period referred to a county public health official as "Aunt Jemima" and told another supervisor he'd like to see her "hang from a tree," Fox5 reports.
The man's comments came during a discussion about the county's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At one point, he addressed San Diego County Supervisor Nora Vargas, telling her he "couldn't wait for her arteries to clog" and that Supervisor Nathan Fletcher should "kill himself."
When the man turned his focus to the county's public health officer Dr. Wilma Wooten, Vargas intervened.
"I'm sorry, you're not allowed to say that to her," Vargas said. "You're not allowed to say that."
"You are not allowed to talk to her that way," she continued. "You are not allowed to talk to her that way. No. Absolutely not. Not under my f—– watch."
When the man finally left the podium, some of the attendees applauded.
After the ordeal was over, county officials addressed what had happened.
"Some of you have legitimate points you have fair points that deserve to be heard," Nathan Fletcher said. "But they are completely debased and completely erased with this for-fun or for-sport mindset on how racist can I be, how rude can I be to the staff, how absurd can I be."
"There's gotta be some point — and those of you who cheer them on are just as guilty," he said.
Watch video of the meeting below:
Full video of Jason Robo calling Dr. Wooten "Aunt Jemima," telling @SupLawsonRemer she needs to be hung from a tree and calling @SupNoraVargas a "fat piece of sh*t." Also craziness toward @SupFletcherpic.twitter.com/5WXHnDLOSm— Sebastian Gorka Izagirre \ud83c\udff4\u262d\ud83d\udea9 (@Sebastian Gorka Izagirre \ud83c\udff4\u262d\ud83d\udea9) 1635898470