West York, PA, Mayor Charles Wasko posts a lot of conservative memes to his Facebook profile. Some of them are extremely racist.
The mayor for the small town of about 4,000 is under fire from the Borough Council and some residents after local news outlets found this wildly offensive post about the Obama family on his Facebook page.
Not to distract from all the other things wrong with this, which is everything, but note the tiny "Kenya or bust" line that has been Photoshopped onto the wheelbarrow.
Other posts include a picture of monkey gritting its teeth with the comment "Most think it is Obama's picture……sorry its Moochelles baby photo," and this little anecdote about race and socialism.
There might be other racist posts of a similar quality on Wasko's Facebook page, but it would probably take a forensic analyst to sort through all the memes he posts on an almost constant basis. I went through two months of posts on Wasko's profile, and my browser was straining under the effort. The posts were about what you might expect from a vocal Donald Trump supporter.
Reactions from West York's Borough Council members ranged from disgust to rage to emotional distress. Councilman Brian Wilson was near tears when interviewed by local TV station ABC 27.
“I have family members of other ethnicities and I was never raised this way,” Wilson told the station. “I don’t believe in hate.”
"I would punch him in the mouth if I could get away with it," Councilwoman Shelley Metzler told the York Daily Record. "(T)his man needs to resign."
"I almost don't know what to say," council president Shawn Mauck told the York Dispatch. "I kind of want to throw up."
The Record was able to reach Wasko for comment on Wednesday night. He told the newspaper the scandal was "bulls—- that's going on up at the borough office" and then hung up.
He wrote a longer response in a comment on his Facebook profile.
Sorry, But I will not be politically correct, I say what is on my mind and what I believe in, I say what people think but are afraid to upset the liberal media and crooked politicians … there will be more to come from me. When I ran for this position, I told the residents that I will work with council but I won't put up with and wrong doings. I will let residents know what they really do, and the bomb is ready to drop on Mauck and Wilson.
The position of mayor, which Wasko successfully ran for unopposed in 2013, is unpaid. There is no way to oust the mayor short of a criminal conviction. The Record noted that Wasko's tenure has been a bumpy one in West York, encompassing the resignation of a council member, the suspension of the police chief for unknown reasons and a tense confrontation at an April 20 meeting that required police intervention.
With no official way of removing him from office, who knows what strange and wonderful places the Wasko administration will go next.