Security guards escorted Purnima Nath out of a meeting with youth leaders after she allegedly used racist rhetoric, reports the Hispanic News Network.
Nath, an Indian American immigrant, is running for Milwaukee County Executive in Wisconsin.
She appeared at an event hosted by the pro-immigrant group Voces de la Frontera recently, where some in the audience accused her of using the term “illegal” to describe immigrants, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
She can be heard in a video posted by the Hispanic News Network denying it.
“I’m an immigrant and I follow the law too,” she can be heard underneath the repeated accusation from someone off camera that “you called us illegal.”
“You cannot come to the country and break the law. Breaking law is illegal,” Nath said as a guard escorted her out of the building.
Andrea Rodriguez, a candidate for supervisor, told Nath at the meeting that she insulted everyone.
“You called us illegal, it is not OK — ever,” Rodriguez said, the Journal reported.
Voces de la Frontera backed Rodgiguez’ concerns, saying she “verbally attacked multi-racial youth leaders,” according to the Urban Milwaukee.
“I am still willing to work with all entities even with Voces De La Frontera,” responded Nath.
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