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Gillum Fires Youth Outreach Director Over Unearthed Controversial Tweets
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Gillum Fires Youth Outreach Director Over Unearthed Controversial Tweets

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Late last week, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum fired their youth outreach director, Manny Orozco-Ballestas, after controversial tweets were unearthed.

In the tweets, Orozco-Ballestas suggested that President Trump should “be executed,” called Trump voters a part of “Dumbf*ckistan” and criticized obese people for posting pictures of food on Instagram among other controversial statements.

Joshua Karp, a spokesperson for the Gillum campaign, commented that “The type of language this young man used on social media before his employment with our campaign is unacceptable and he will no longer be working with the campaign.”

Apologizing for his tweets, Orozco-Ballestas released a statement, writing that “I took social media for granted when I was younger and I am now facing the consequences. I’m so sorry to all those I let down, especially Mayor Gillum and my team. What I tweeted as an immature student many years ago is not a reflection of the man I am today.”

In response to the unearthed tweets, Blaise Ingoglia, Republican Party of Florida chairman, commented that “Apparently, calling millions of Floridians a vile term wasn’t enough to fire him the first time. Is this how a Gillum administration would look? Hiring people with questionable backgrounds? Could you imagine how he would vet Florida Supreme Court Justices?”

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Ingoglia also added that “It is hypocritical for Gillum to endorse the same kind of hateful, intolerant speech that he likes to denounce.”

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Daniel Molina was the Opinion Editor of his high school’s newspaper, and he was also Editor-in-Chief of Miami Dade College’s Urbana literary and arts magazine wherein he also won the 2013 FCSAA Best Fiction Story in the State of Florida Award. He’s currently pursuing his Bachelor’s in English Literature. Hobbies in his free time include reading, writing and watching films and basketball.

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