'Straight up racist' Facebook post has town supervisor under fire

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A town supervisor in Seneca County is under fire after posting a cartoon about white supremacy on social media.

Don Trout, the supervisor in the Town of Waterloo, last week publicly shared a cartoon listing "the warning signs of white supremacy," on his personal Facebook page.

The post has been shared more than 370 times and has drawn more than 100 comments, some of which support the views while others sharply criticized and condemned the post.

In a letter to Trout and the rest of Waterloo's Town Board members, Rob Millis, a former New York resident who now lives in Oregon, called the post “straight up racist.”

"This is posted publicly by someone who is supposed to be representing and serving your community,” Millis said. “I can’t imagine what it would be like to be a person of color living in or even visiting Waterloo after seeing this.”

Trout, a Republican, defended the post and said he considered it "nothing more than political satire."

The post lists eight traits of a white supremacist, such as "no criminal record, "good credit rating" and "full time employment." Some people continued listing entries on the posts — others shared memes and comments blasting the post and the supervisor:

"Usually it’s a traitor and Nazi flag that give it away."

"Disgusting"

"Imagine being this racist and thinking you’re not racist."

Millis said he came across the post on social media and couldn't "let it sit and fester online to hurt and exclude people public officials are supposed to be serving."

“Promoting such racist ideas is disgustingly supremacist, divisive and hostile to the public interest,” Millis said.

Trout has been Waterloo's supervisor since 2018 and is also a member of Seneca County's Board of Supervisors. In November, he was re-elected to a second four-year term.

Waterloo, which has about 7,300 residents according to the 2020 Census, is about 50 miles southeast of Rochester, in Seneca County.

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This article originally appeared on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Waterloo NY supervisor Don Trout under fire for racist Facebook post