Jim Fouts, the mayor of Warren, Michigan, is facing a strong backlash over new audio recordings, allegedly of him, in which he can be heard referring to black people using the N-word and “chimps.”
The recordings were first obtained by Motor City Muckraker and released right before he was to attend a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event in the city.
“Blacks do look like chimpanzees,” the voice says in one recording. “I was watching this black woman with her daughter and they looked like two chimps.”
In another recording, the voice mocks women as “hags” and “dried up c***s.”
Fouts has denied he made the remarks.
In a Facebook post, he responded how the recordings were “timed” against him. Fouts then went on to tout his record in appointing members of the African-American community to key positions:
This isn’t the first time Fouts has come under fire for alleged controversial remarks captured on tape.
Last month, he sparked outrage after Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel released “secretly recorded” audio clip purportedly of the mayor disparaging developmentally disabled people, calling them "retards" and "not even human beings."
Fouts had also denied those tapes, however, he has refrained from talking to reporters over the controversy.
The new recordings, however, have intensified the pressure to address the issue:
Just listened to recordings of Mayor Fouts.While I'm not a member of the Warren community,I am member of the human community. You need to go— Mike Bouchard (@MikeJBouchard) January 16, 2017
So Warren, why is is this jerk still Mayor? https://t.co/ulJwP7jv4X— NFW #NotMyPresident (@starrhaus) January 16, 2017
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