Chelsea IrizarryJan 23, 2018, 6:05 pmJan 24, 2018, 12:53 pm

Islip residents protest councilwoman’s ‘racist’ Facebook post

The controversial status was made in response to President Trump’s reported vulgar comments about immigrants from African countries

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ISLIP — A Long Island town board member is in hot water after community members labeled a Facebook status she posted on her personal page as inappropriate and racist.

This past Friday night, Islip Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt posted, "I'm looking at warm getaways for kids February break. I'm wondering about El Salvador, Haiti or Somalia #recommendations?" Her statement was in response to President Donald Trump’s reported vulgar comments about immigrants from Haiti, African countries and other nations. The councilwoman has since deleted the comment and posted, "I have learned that my Facebook post yesterday offended some of you, please accept my sincere apology."

On Tuesday, Islip protestors gathered outside Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt's office to demand that she spend time with her El Salvadorian, Haitian, and Somalian community members so she can become better educated about the issues those communities face.

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