Chula Vista City, California (IINA) - A local elected official in Chula Vista City in California is accused of being hurtful and hateful towards Muslims in a series of tweets.
Hector Gastelum, elected to the board of directors at the Otay Water District, posted the comments on Twitter, ABC 10News reported.
One of the tweets reads: Let's pressure our legislators to prevent #subhuman #scum from #USA to #MAGA.
MAGA stands for make America great again.
It's never my intention to be hurtful, but nowadays sometimes people are hypersensitive, Gastelum told 10News.
The tweets have since been deleted from Gastelum's Twitter account. He did post another tweet including the hashtag "#civilsociety."
Of course it hurts. His comments were very, extremely offending, said Taha Hassane, Imam of the Islamic Center of San Diego.
Gastelum said his tweets were misunderstood. Another tweet reads This is how the left learns #Muslim #Islam #Sharia aren't compatible with any form of #civilsociety #equality. Portraying Muslims as sub-humans, rapists, who don't have any problems stoning women, and all, you know this is nonsense, this is nonsense, Hassane said.
Gastelum said he was sorry to anyone who was offended. I feel bad that people got their feelings hurt. It was never my intention to hurt good Muslim people, Gastelum said. Another victim of this Islamophobic industry that is spreading a lot of lies, a lot of rumors, a lot of false information about my community and my faith, Hassane said.
Hassane reached out to Gastelum. We had a beautiful conversation, and if people got their feelings hurt by my comments, I apologize. It's sincere, Gastelum said.
Source: International Islamic News Agency