On Tuesday night a Georgia county commission voted to publicly reprimand one of its members for calling civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis a “racist pig.”
In doing so, the Gwinnett County Commission accepted the recommendation of the county’s ethics board, which met earlier this month on the complaint filed against commissioner Tommy Hunter, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Lewis has been accused of race-baiting in recent years, and Hunter made his comment against the congressman on his Facebook page. The post also referred to Democrats as “demoncrats” and “idiots.” The post has since been removed but the paper managed to take a screenshot of it before it was taken down.
The Paper reported:
A public reprimand was the stiffest possible penalty available under Gwinnett’s ethics ordinance. It will involve posting a written rebuke on the county’s website, on the wall of the courthouse and in the local newspaper.
The complaint was filed Feb. 6 by Atlanta woman Nancie Turner. It argued that Hunter’s social media activity — which also included calling Democrats “Demonrats” and “libtards” — violated several tenets of the county’s 2011 ethics ordinance.
Most recently Lewis said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he didn’t consider President Donald Trump to have been legitimately elected in November, and for that reason he declined to attend Trump’s inauguration in January.
He alleged at the same NBC News interview that that was the first time he’d refused to attend a presidential inauguration, which turned out to be a lie — he refused to attend that of President George W. Bush.
In 2010 Lewis claimed that a member of the tea party had called him and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus the “n-word” at a well-documented event. The late Andrew Breitbart challenged Lewis and offered a $100,000 reward to anyone who could submit evidence of the racial slur. No one came forward, although news and amateur footage was taken throughout the event.
The following report is from the ethics panel’s decision earlier this month.
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