A Texas Democrat is in apology mode after being caught on tape using racial slurs in a rant against two African-American prosecutors.
Brownsville City Commissioner Cesar De Leon was nailed in a series of recordings released by citizen journalist Erasmo Castro complaining about the hiring of two black prosecutors in the border town of Brownsville.
“There are a couple of f**ks and n****rs that Luis Saenz is getting, and I don’t know where he is getting them from. They are coming down to my f**king city and now they are trying to f**king put everybody in jail because they think we are a bunch of Mexicans that hit our wives, which couldn’t be further from the f**king truth, but that is how they see us. They are f**ks … and I would say this, that I would never dare use that word, but you know what, yes, there are a couple of n****rs in there that think that all of us are f**king taco eaters,” De Leon was caught saying in audio released on Tuesday.
On Wednesday he issued an apology.
“I want to apologize to the citizens of Brownsville or whoever had to listen to those tapes because there is a lot of profane language and that was a private conversation. It was never meant to be public, but it’s very important that people understand that I’m very apologetic,” he said, in a statement to the Brownsville Herald.
His apology followed a statement by district attorney Saenz to the Herald.
“The people of Cameron County expect me to hire the most competent prosecutors that I can find, without regard to their race, and that is what I strive to do. Mr. De Leon’s remarks are very shameful and hurtful,” he said. “It is extremely disappointing that they are made by a lawyer and a representative of the City of Brownsville.”
**WARNING – STRONG LANGUAGE, RACIAL EPITHETS.**
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