City Official Records Racist, Expletive-Laden Rant Blaming ‘Asians’ For COVID-19. Keeps His Job.

A southern New Mexico county official is under fire for posting an expletive-laden video on Snapchat earlier this month, where he casts blame for the novel coronavirus pandemic on “Asians” and rants about people of Asian descent buying “in bulk” at a Walmart, the Las Cruces Sun-News reports.

In the video, apparently captured on March 18, Luna County’s safety and risk coordinator Tyler Massey appears to be driving while recording a video of himself describing an encounter he had at Walmart while shopping for refreshments for a county presentation on the COVID-19 outbreak.

“There were about six Asians,” Massey says in the video, alleging that they had cut him off in the parking lot. “They parked right next to me. They were all around me. They were all buying sh** in bulk and I’m like, hello, it was your f***ing cousins that did this to us.”

As a result of the encounter, he says, “I think I have been exposed,” declaring that he would self-quarantine for a day.

Luna County Attorney Charles Kretek confirmed that Massey remained a county employee and said county manager Chris Brice “addressed the matter internally.”

President Donald Trump has repeatedly referred to the novel coronavirus as the “Chinese virus” during his daily press briefings despite reports of increased harassment and hate crimes directed toward people of Chinese heritage in the U.S. amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Trump has denied that the description is racist.

The Associated Press also reports that a restaurant in Kirtland, New Mexico, has sparked anger after erecting a sign that blamed China for closing amid the pandemic.

“CLOSED you can thank CHINA!!!” the sign read outside the Country Family Restaurant.

“I stuck up that little-bitty sign that explained my thoughts about the communist Chinese government and the way they treat their people,” the eatery’s owner, Steve Jackson, told the Farmington Daily-Times.