Gas station clerk fired for telling group of Latina women to 'go back to their country'
Last week, President Donald Trump lashed out on Twitter at four Democratic women whom he tweeted should "go back" and fix the "totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came". The highly weighted rhetoric left many people branding the President as "racist", NPR reports.
Then, on Wednesday night, during a President Trump campaign rally in North Carolina, many of those in attendance started chanting "send her back" as Trump began to criticize Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Somali-born American citizen from Minnesota.
The next day, Trump spoke out about the chants, stating: "I was not happy with it. I disagree with it."
However, the fact that the most powerful man on the planet used such divisive language will always have had a negative knock-on effect, and this week, a gas station clerk has lost his job for telling a group of Latina women to "go back to their country", Insider has reported.
Check out the inflammatory comments in the video below:
The incident took place Bucky's gas station and convenience store in Naperville, Illinois.
In an interview with NBC Chicago Carolina Buitron, who recorded the exchange, said that she and her family were visiting the US from Mexico, but after the clerk heard them speaking Spanish, he asked them to leave the gas station: "He started asking about my cousins, if they were illegal, family or friends, are they adopted."
When one of Buitron's family members said they would be calling the police, the employee said, "ICE will come," referencing Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
While police are yet to publicly identified the employee, he was named by Buzzfeed News as Joseph Philip Daniel.
On Thursday, Bucky's Convenience Stores did confirm in a statement on Facebook that an employee had been fired:
"He is no longer employed by us. We do not tolerate any behavior that is insensitive to our valued customers. Bucky's Convenience Stores is a very diverse and inclusive company that believes in treating all individuals with the utmost respect."
Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico has also responded to the incident in a Facebook post of his own, confirming that Naperville Police are investigating the incident, and urged "everyone in our community to showcase the kindness, compassion, and good decorum that our residents are known for and that our world needs more of."