Los Angeles City Council member Nury Martinez resigned on Wednesday after building pressure, including from the White House, due to racist comments she was recorded making in a closed-door meeting.
In a long statement issued by her office, Martinez said she needed “space and privacy.” In the statement, Martinez did not offer an apology to the groups she targeted with racist comments, which included Black, Jewish, Oaxacan, and Armenian residents in Los Angeles.
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In the conversation, Martinez called the Black child of white colleague Mike Bonin, a “changuito,” or little monkey.
Both Los Angeles mayoral candidates, Rick Caruso and Karen Bass, as well as additional city council members had called on Martinez – along with Gil Cedillo and Kevin De Leon, the other council members heard making racist comments in the taped conversation –to resign. President Joe Biden also joined the chorus of those asking for her resignation.
“The president is glad to see that one of the participants in that conversation has resigned, but they all should,” said Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, adding that the language in the recording was “unacceptable” and “appalling.”
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