Democrat Nury Martinez resigned as president of the LA City Council just after a racist leaked audio recording was released
“I take responsibility for what I said and there are no excuses for those comments. I’m sorry,” she said in the statement
“I sincerely apologize to the people I hurt with my words: to my colleagues, their families, especially to Mike, Sean, and your son. As a mother, I know better and I am sorry. I know this is the result of my own actions. I’m sorry to your entire family for putting you through this,” she added.
“As someone who believes deeply in the empowerment of communities of color, I recognize my comments undercut that goal,” she added. “Going forward, reconciliation will be my priority. I have reached out to many of my Black colleagues and other Black leaders to express my regret in order for us to heal.”
Widespread protests and calls for resignation broke out after the recordings released where racist comments about another council member’s toddler son.
“F*** that guy,” Martinez said. “He’s with the blacks.”
While discussing Bonin, Martinez called his son “Parece changuito,” or “He’s like a monkey,” soon afterward. She later referred to Bonin as a “little b****h” and said he is raising his child like a “little white kid.”
Bonin issued a statement Sunday calling for the City Council to remove Martinez as president,
“We are appalled, angry and absolutely disgusted that Nury Martinez attacked our son with horrific racist slurs, and talked about her desire to physically harm him,” Bonin wrote in a statement on Twitter. “It’s vile, abhorrent, and utterly disgraceful.”