A top gang prosecutor in San Bernardino County, California, has sparked outrage after several of his offensive social media posts were uncovered. The posts, targeting Rep. Maxine Waters, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, liberals and immigrants, were reported to his bosses internally last month and shared with the media last week, The San Bernardino Sun reports.
Michael Selyem, 50, of Placentia, made posts that a critic called “hateful rhetoric” several times on Facebook and Instagram, The Sun reports. Selyem did not respond to requests for comment. He has since deleted his social media pages.
“We have been made aware of the negative comments and they do not represent the views of the District Attorney’s Office. Since this is a personnel matter I cannot comment any further,” District Attorney Mike Ramos said in a statement to The Sun.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Selyem Called Rep. Maxine Waters a ‘Loud Mouthed C*nt’ & Wrote ‘You Would Think Someone Would Have Shot This B*tch by Now’
Michael Selyem’s Facebook post about Maxine Waters.
One of Michael Selyem’s Facebook posts was about Rep. Maxine Waters, a California Democrat. Waters has been highly critical of President Donald Trump and his supporters, and has been targeted in attacks by Trump on Twitter and in campaign speeches. Selyem was responding to a post on the Facebook page ForAmerica about Waters calling for her supporters to confront members of the Trump administration in public.
“Being a loud mouthed c*nt in the ghetto you would think someone would of shot this b*tch by now,” Selyem wrote in a comment on the ForAmerica post, according to a screenshot obtained by The San Bernardino Sun.
On June 25, Selyem’s conduct on social media was reported to his superiors in an internal complaint, according to The Sun. An internal investigation is ongoing, sources told the newspaper. Chris Lee, a spokesperson for the county prosecutor’s office, would not say whether the office has a social media policy, according to The Sun.
“It is disgusting that a public official sworn to protect the public would have these ugly viewpoints,” Zeke Hernandez, president of the Santa Ana League of United Latin American Citizens No. 147, told The Sun. “The district attorney needs to take any and all appropriate action to let the public know that it does not agree with Selyem’s hateful rhetoric.”
He added, “This has gone beyond a simple error in judgment. It is clearly outside the boundaries of civil service norms. Law enforcement personnel and officers of the court system should not incite violence.”
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2. He Is a Trump Supporter & Wrote in a Post That It Would Be a ‘Long 8 Years for You Scumbags,’ Referring to Liberals & Added ‘Choo Choo Trump’
Here are some of his posts. #FireSelyem pic.twitter.com/Jq2XuUrCNt
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) July 8, 2018
Michael Selyem is an “ardent Trump supporter,” according to The San Bernardino Sun. The newspaper reports he wrote in one …read more