PA candidate Vincent acknowledges racist, homophobic posts
Racist and homophobic Facebook posts from a candidate for Port Arthur mayor have started recirculating on social media, days before Saturday’s contested election.
The comments, over at least a two-year period from 2016 to 2018, include slurs against African-Americans, people in the Middle East, a transgender celebrity and a prominent advocacy group. They include a call for bikers to “squash” members of Black Lives Matter and a declaration that Caitlin Jenner “needs to be hanged.”
The candidate, Chuck Vincent, declined to comment for this article. But in a series of Facebook Live videos this week, he said his life has been changed “100 percent,” that he has made amends for the things he’s said in the past and that he is behaving differently.
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“It’s just brought up here and now to make me look bad and have an egg on my face going into the final days of the election,” he said in one video. “Those of y’all that know me know what’s truly in my heart and that’s the way it’s going to be.”
The posts were shared on social media, where they were widely condemned.
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Vincent, 57, is running against incumbent Mayor Derrick Freeman and challengers Lowra Harrison, Willie “Bae” Lewis Jr. and Thurman Bartie.