TALLAHASSEE, FL-  The same Andrew Gillum staff person who previously referred to millions of Floridians and Americans who voted for President Trump as dumbf**** has finally been fired following the discovery of more offensive comments on social media. Initially, the Gillum campaign brushed off this outrageous behavior and refused to fire their Youth Director/Deputy Constituency Director Manny Orozco-Ballestas.

To view the tweets sent by Manny Orozco-Ballestas, please click here to read the original article on Central Florida Post by Jacob Engels. (Please note: This content is not suitable for children).

“The same staffer that called voters ‘dumbf****’ has finally been fired by the Gillum campaign, but only after it was discovered that he also attempted to hide a series of incendiary comments on social media. Remember, just a couple of days ago Gillum and his campaign defended this guy. Apparently, calling millions of Floridians a vile term wasn’t enough to fire him the first time. Is this how a Gillum administration would look? Hiring people with questionable backgrounds? Could you imagine how he would vet Florida Supreme Court Justices???” – RPOF Chairman Blaise Ingoglia

Andrew Gillum staffer fired after calling for Trump's execution, wearing shirt deriding pro-Trump states

Fox News

By Gregg Re

September 30, 2018

A youth outreach staffer for Democratic Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has been terminated after calling for President Trump's death on Twitter, and wearing a shirt calling pro-Trump states "Dumbf--kistan."

The staffer, 24-year-old Manny Orozco-Ballestas, made a series of sexually graphic and politically charged comments on social media in 2012 and 2013, according to fringe blogger Jacob Engels, who flagged the posts. 

In one 2013 post, Orozco-Ballestas wrote to Trump: "you need to be executed." In another, he reportedly wrote, "If you're weighing 300 pounds+ maybe it's a good idea you stop posting all that fattening food pics on [Instagram]!"

But it was one of Orozco-Ballestas' own Instagram posts last summer -- which was also unearthed last week by Engels and published by The Tampa Bay Times -- that led to calls by state Republicans for his termination.

In the post, Orozco-Ballestas is pictured wearing a shirt depicting a map of the United States, with red-colored states indicating ones that went for President Trump in the 2016 election.

On the shirt, a key provided below the map explains that the red states refer to "Dumbf---istan," while the blue refer to the "United States of America."

The Republican Party of Florida immediately called for Orozco-Ballestas' firing, saying the post was unconscionable.

"It is unbelievable to me that Andrew Gillum would not only employ, but promote on social media, a person who calls voters 'dumb f*cks' for electing Republicans," Florida Republican Party Chairman Blaise Ingoglia wrote in a statement. "It is hypocritical for Gillum to endorse the same kind of hateful, intolerant speech that he likes to denounce."

At the time, a spokeswoman for Gillum told the Times they had addressed the explicit shirt with Orozco-Ballestas, who had been on the job for less than two weeks. The campaign added that they won’t "be lectured about words by the Party of Trump."

In a statement released Saturday, Orozco-Ballestas, who reportedly previously worked for Hillary Clinton's campaign, apologized.

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