Racist mayor Charles Wasko is mayor of West York, a small town just 30 miles south of Harrisburg
The mayor of a small Pennsylvania town who has posted shocking, racist memes on his Facebook page has been censored by his own council.
The West York town council voted unanimously to censure Mayor Charles Wasko to 'send a message to the mayor that his legislative body rebukes him in every way.'
'He has embarrassed all of us. Not just this table but everyone in this room. Everyone in West York. Everyone in York County, everyone in this Commonwealth,' council president Shawn Mauck said at the Monday meeting.
Wasko sparked national outrage it emerged he's posted a series of offensive and racist messages on his social media pages.
In one instance, the mayor posted a picture of a smiling monkey with a shocking caption, apparently referencing First Lade Michelle Obama.
'Most think it is Obama's picture......sorry its Moochelles baby photo.'
In February, he appeared to make a joke about lynching the president.
He had posted an image showing actor Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, holding a noose in front of his face. The caption on the photo read: Barry, this rope is for you. You wanna bring that empty chair over here!' -
Another sickening, racist meme, posted in June, showed a picture of five orangutans sitting in a wheelbarrow with the text: 'Aww…moving day at the Whitehouse (sic) has finally arrived.'
Offensive: This meme shows orangutans transported in a wagon with the words 'Kenya or bust' written on it. The caption above reads: 'Aww... moving day at the White House has finally arrived'
Wasko added his own caption which read: 'Not soon enough.'
The posts sparked national outcry and demands for the mayor to resign.
The council's president, Shawn Mauck, told the local newspaper York Dispatch that the posts are 'disgusting'.
'I almost don't know what to say,' Mauck said. 'I kind of want to throw up.'
Wasko, who was elected mayor in 2013, dismissed the criticism claiming the controversy was political and stemmed from 'bulls**t that's going on up at the borough office.'
The images on the mayor's Facebook page and the resulting fallout prompted senior law enforcement officials in the town - which is 90 per cent white - to clarify that the views do not represent those of the local sheriffs.
'This in no way reflects the ideology of this department,' acting police chief Matthew Millsaps said, adding that he was 'disturbed' by the images.
'Of particular concern are any images with undertones of violence - lynching or that are threatening in nature,' Millsaps said.
West York Borough Council members listen to speakers voice their concerns about Mayor Charles Wasko at the Monday meeting
Concerned town residents piled into the meeting, some holding up signs that demanded Wasko resign
The picture of Eastwood and the noose is particularly incendiary given the history of violence toward African-Americans in this country – many of whom were lynched and hanged.
Hundreds of West York residents had packed into the town's borough hall meeting on Monday evening to denounce Wasko.
'He is not just distasteful, he is dangerous,' said Carla Christopher, a member of local activist rights group Put People First. 'He is dangerous to Hispanics, he is dangerous to African Americans, he is dangerous to women, to our Muslim friends and neighbors…He is dangerous to the economic stability and future of this borough.'
Council members also called on the mayor to resign from the council immediately.
'We are on to you,' Mauck said, according to PennLive. 'We ask you now to do the right thing and resign tomorrow.'
However Wasko, who did not attend Monday's meeting, was unrepentant about his racist posts.
When confronted, the mayor admitted 'the racist stuff' saying he did not care if he was labelled as racist before launching into a rambling rant where he appeared to threaten to spill secrets which would lead to further resignations at the council.
'There's no checks and balances up there in that council. When I ran for Council, I told the people, 'I will work with Council, but I will not put up with their s**t,' he told ABC 27.
The picture of Eastwood and the noose is particularly incendiary given the history of violence toward African-Americans in this country – many of whom were lynched and hanged
'The racist stuff, yeah I'll admit I did that, and I don't care what people label me as,' Wasko said, 'but I will bring everything out and there will be more resignations than mine, believe me.'
Wasko, a Donald Trump supporter, also made several posts in favor of the controversial Republican candidate.
One stated that: 'If Trump loses...No matter where you are or your family go, you won't be safe. America will no longer exist!'
The NAACP has said that it will seek to mobilize public opposition to Wasko.
'We call upon them, other council members and the West York community to take a stand against the mayor's actions that are based on racial bias and stereotypes and that exceed any protections of political speech,' Sandra Thompson, who heads the York branch of the NAACP, told the York Dispatch in an email.
'Now that York NAACP has been made aware, we will be seeking to take action, because his obvious bias against black people has an effect on all his constituents, which he seems to forget includes black people.'