St. Petersburg, FL mayoral candidate Paul Congemi made waves Tuesday when he told his opponents supporters they’d received “reparations in the form of Barack Obama,” and that if they didn’t like it in America, they could “go back to Africa.”
The questionable remarks were made during a debate between Congemi, a white Republican, and Democratic opponent Jesse Nevel. Nevel, whose campaign slogan is “Unity Through Reparations,” is calling for government reparations for African-Americans, an effort to mitigate racial inequality.
“The reparations that you talk about, Mr. Nevel, your people already got your reparations. Your reparations came in the form of a man named Barack Obama,” Congemi said.
As the crowd booed and jeered, Congemi doubled-down, continuing, “My advice to you, if you don’t like it here in America, planes leave every hour from Tampa airport. Go back to Africa. Go back to Africa. Go back!”
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According to sources, Congemi called Nevel a “self-hating white man” and says he personally has “nothing against African Americans who are doing their best here in America.”
Amid criticism and accusations of racism after his comments Tuesday, Congemi is continuing his run to be mayor, stating he intends to run as many times as he can in the foreseeable future.
Congemi is a Trump supporter and a former Democrat, who bucked the party after former President Obama supported same-sex marriage.
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